June 15th, 2011
09:27 AM ET
"None of it’s true, so I shouldn’t even dignify it with an answer," he says of the Internet rumors about his love life."The thing is, I’m not going to sacrifice my friendships with people who are my co-stars...I’m not going to avoid spending time with people because someone who doesn’t know me makes assumptions about what’s going on. That’s bulls--. My life is not on the internet.”
Of course, one of those supposed relationships was happening with his "Friends With Benefits" co-star Mila Kunis, an affair they've both denied. But about his sex scenes with Kunis?
Timberlake tells Playboy, “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t completely awkward. I couldn’t tell you the number of people in the crew watching me and my bare a–, but it was a lot."
With all of that awkwardness, it’s no wonder Timberlake sometimes feels the need to mellow out once in a while. On whether he’s a pot smoker, Timberlake answered, “absolutely.”
“The only thing pot does for me is it gets me to stop thinking,” Timberlake says. “Sometimes I have a brain that needs to be turned off. Some people are just better high.”
The actor has been providing more laughs than songs as of late – the 30-year-old says that cracking up an audience, as he’s done on “Saturday Night Live,” is now his most "favorite thing in the world" – and unfortunately for fans of his music, it doesn’t sound like he’s picking up that part of his career anytime soon.
“I don’t have a single song ready to go. People keep asking me when a new song or album is coming out, and I don’t know what to say,” he says. “Music is not my focus right now. It may be someday. It could happen next month or next year but right now it’s not where it’s at for me.”
The business side of the industry may have something to do with it, as Timberlake says it “taints an artist’s desire” to create new tracks.
“I love making music. I honestly love it. But there is a level where making music becomes a total life-sucking commitment,” he says. “To do an album and a tour, you have to be absolutely certain that whatever you have to say is from the heart, because you’re going to say it a thousand times – and on nights when you don’t feel like performing...But I haven’t felt that level of conviction the past few years. And without that conviction it’s crazy to put yourself out there.”
And while it may not be his focus now, Timberlake’s relationship with music goes way back, predating the 'N Sync craze and some of his infamous fashion mistakes.
“Not a lot of 10-year-old Caucasian kids were running around Millington, Tennessee, signing Stevie Wonder and Al Green songs, which were the songs I felt most connected to,” Timberlake says of his musical roots. “I wasn’t cool with the white kids because they thought I wanted to be black. And I wasn’t cool with the black kids because they thought I wanted to be black. So I was looked at as a traitor and an intruder or an imposter. I had to find solace in just being me.”
"Friends With Benefits" and "Bad Teacher," both starring J.T., open July 22 and June 24, respectively. You can read the full interview with Justin Timberlake in Playboy when it arrives on newsstands Friday.
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