There’s no doubt that Justin Timberlake pretty much ruled 2013, with the release of not one, but two albums, hitting the road for two concert tours, starring in Runner Runner alongside Ben Affleck and numerous other reasons. So it should as to no surprise that GQ has chosen him as one of their "Men of the Year" and placed his handsome face on the cover of one of the five issues.
Inside the mag, JT opens up about dealing with critics who didn’t take too well to his 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2 album and his film that had a less-than-stellar debut at the box office.
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Just a couple months ago, Variety ran an op-ed piece, which was titled “Why Justin Timberlake Should Stop Acting,” when Runner Runner only made $8 million during its opening weekend. Along with that, Justin explains that Billboard wrote a review of his second album, “’Tell him to leave his second half at home.’ Where did all this vitriol come from? It’s mean. And I’m not cut out for it,” he told GQ.
"The movie didn't do well at the box office, so I should quit? Hold on a second," Justin says. "If I was somebody else, you wouldn't have said that. I have the number one album this week, and I shouldn't have released it? Come on, man. You sound like a dickhead . . . It just shocked me because, like, you're trade magazines. None of your opinions count. And by the way, none of you can do it."
Being a part of the entertainment industry comes with the constant criticism from others and Justin admits that growing up in Memphis, Tenn. helped him deal with the haters. “It’s a struggling city with a defeatist attitude. I’m from this town, and I grew up with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder, so sometimes I find it funny that I’ve been able to acquire the patience it takes to be kind to people in our business,” he says. “Because sometimes I just want to f—king kill everybody.”
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