Justin Timberlake admits the parenting juggle is pretty darned real at his place, saying it took around eight months to catch his breath and relax into his new dad role.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Justin reveals those early days were quite the challenge.
“At first, it broke me down,” he admitted.
“Those first eight months felt like those old [Ed Sullivan] shows where people are balancing spinning plates on poles — except if you drop one, they die.”
It’s a balancing act that all new parents can relate to, without a doubt, and somehow heartening to know that even the wealthy, famous types are left floundering at times!
“No, no, no!”
The weight of responsibility is weighing heavily on this first-time dad and he’s suddenly acutely aware that our early experiences impact us, sometimes much later in life.
“You go through your life with your own traumas, big and small, and think, ‘It’s not that bad, I have a lot to be thankful for, my parents did the best they could,’ ” Justin noted.
“But then you have a child of your own, and suddenly it opens all the floodgates, and you’re like, ‘No, no, no! That childhood trauma really did f— me up!'” he laughed.
“I think we can all agree that I did not have a normal childhood,” the former Mickey Mouse Club member pointed out.
Can’t stop the feeling
Justin and actor Jessica Biel began dating in 2007 and tied the knot in 2012.
Their first child, a little boy called Silas, was born in April 2015.
Justin says parenthood’s not all trauma and scary bits though. It has had some delightful and unexpected bonuses, too.
“Watching [Silas] jump around to ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ starting to learn words because of that song — it’s the best thing in the world,” Justin said.
What not to do
On the question of legacy and Silas following in his dad’s footsteps, JT was a little cagey, saying he’s still undecided.
“Would I want my child to follow my path?” he pondered.
“You know, I haven’t been able to answer that question in my mind. If he wanted it bad enough, I suppose I could teach him a lot about what not to do.”