Here’s something that has never been said: Justin Timberlake missed out BIG time.
The 33-year-old pop star says he wrote a song for Michael Jackson that ended up appearing on *NSYNC’s third studio album Celebrity. The song, “Gone,” was pitched to Jackson’s people, but they turned it down. It was only after *NSYNC had already released the track as a single that Timberlake received a call from the King of Pop himself.
“I guess Michael did hear it,” Timberlake says in a clip from the upcoming season premiere of Oprah’s Master Class. “[he] called me on the phone and said he wanted to cut the record, but he wanted it to be a duet between himself and I.”
Unfortunately for Timberlake, it was too late. He offered to have Jackson appear as a featured artist on the track, but MJ refused.
“He was very absolute about the fact that he wanted it to be a duet between himself and I,” Timberlake continues. “I’m on the phone. I’m literally punching myself in the face.”
He didn’t know it at the time, but JT would eventually get his chance to duet with the pop icon. Timberlake is the featured artist on “Love Never Felt So Good,” the first single off Jackson’s upcoming posthumous release Xscape.
Check out Justin Timberlake tell his never-before-heard story about Michael Jackson in the clip below.
You can see the full interview with JT on the season premiere of Oprah’s Master Class, airing this Sunday, May 11, at 10 p.m. ET on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
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