Timberlake Out of Sync?

By | August 11, 2004 at 12:00 AM

After you’ve disrobed Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl, and presumably disrobed Cameron Diaz someplace, can you really go back to being just one of the boys?

For Justin Timberlake, the answer is no, per a report in the new People magazine.

Timberlake “doesn’t want any part” of a planned ‘N Sync reunion, a source says in People.

“Justin said he’s not in the mood and doesn’t think it will work,” the spy tells the magazine.

‘N Sync, with the Backstreet Boys, the leading boy band of the teen-pop explosion of the late 1990s/early 2000s, has been on hiatus since a 2002 tour in support of the group’s third pop album, Celebrity, released in 2001.

The five members-Timberlake, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick-have reteamed occasionally. In 2003, for instance, they harmonized on a Bee Gees medley at the Grammy Awards.

Last month, the “Bye Bye Bye” boys performed the national anthem at a charity basketball game in Miami for the Challenge for the Children Foundation, an organization founded by the popsters.

The Miami gig was supposed to be the start of putting ‘N Sync back in sync, People says. But instead of talking about recording dates, Timberlake reportedly was talking about not recording.

Officially, the group is still a group, Jive Records spokeswoman Sonia Muckle told E! Thursday. She also says there was never a new ‘N Sync album planned for this year.

Chasez, Bass, Fatone and Kirkpatrick “are undecided right now” about the future of the band, the People source says. The foursome were said to be ticked off at Timberlake’s defection.

It was Timberlake who sparked talk of a reactivated ‘N Sync last year. He told the Website Launch that the reunion would occur after Chasez’s solo album debut, Schizophrenic, came out in February of this year.

When it comes to solo acts, the 23-year-old Timberlake is the solo act among the ‘N Sync set. His 2002 album, Justified, went triple platinum, spawned the hit singles “Cry Me a River” and “Like I Love You,” and won two Grammys.

Off the charts, he’s dated Britney Spears, Jackson and incumbent girlfriend Diaz, and bagged a leading role in the big-screen thriller, Edison, due out next year. Last January, he manhandled Jackson’s bustier in the wardrobe malfunction seen around the world.

By comparison, the other ‘N Syncers have had more modest successes, not including Lance Bass who almost immodestly walked in outer space, but none seem hard up enough to warrant a sad Behind the Music profile.

With ‘N Sync possibly out of the picture, the Backstreet Boys should have less competition when they seek to reclaim the hearts and minds of their older and possibly wiser fans.

The Boys have been on the road since the spring. A new album-their first since 2001’s optimistically titled The Hits-Chapter One-is expected later this year.

Unlike the ‘N Sync situation, no Backstreet Boy has a soaring solo career to get in the way of the group-Nick Carter’s Paris Hilton-related headlines, notwithstanding.

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