The friend confided to People Magazine:
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Holy moon walk moly!
"It was one of those songs where, it felt a little more personal to me, because I had written it for the biggest artist of all time. I guess Michael did hear it, and called me on the phone and said that he wanted to cut the record, but he wanted it to be a duet between himself and I. And I said, 'Well, it's already out, we've already cut the song as an 'N Sync record … could we do, like, an 'N Sync featuring Michael Jackson, or Michael Jackson featuring 'N Sync?' And he was very absolute about the fact that he wanted it to be a duet between himself and I."
The 20/20 Experience crooner went on to reveal that MJ's insistent words gave him the boost he needed to go out on his own:
"I think it's the first idea that I ever got about doing something on my own because it was the first time I ever really felt the confidence to do it."
Justin has Michael to thank for many of his successes, including sold out arena tours AND Grammy award-winning albums!
We're so happy the legend believed in Mr. Timberlake's solo abilities, because we can't imagine a world without him!
And since Love Never Felt So Good just dropped, the late pop superstar got his duet with the former boy-bander, after all!
Full circle goodness, for realz!