Justin Timberlake is having quite the week. On Sunday, he performs at the Super Bowl. Friday, his new album Man of the Woods comes out. And yesterday, he celebrated his 37th birthday. Justin posted a video online thanking fans for their birthday wishes...and clarifying a misconception about the album.
In the video, Justin’s in a barber chair, getting his hair cut. In the background, he’s listening to what seems to be the title track of the album. “I feel like [DJ] Khaled right now. New song alert! Man of the Woods! Major Key!” he laughs.
Then he says, “Hey! by the way, the album is named after my son, O.K.? His name means ‘Of the Woods,’ so stop telling me I’m making a country album!” Justin’s son’s name is Silas.
Justin’s referring to the fact that fans have been expecting Man of the Woods to be his foray into country music, because he announced the album with a video featuring shots of wild horses, cornfields, snow-dusted plains and rivers, and said it was inspired by his home of Memphis, Tennessee. But when neither of the first two singles – “Filthy” and “Supplies” – sounded remotely country, some fans were confused.
After clearing that up, Justin goes on to say, “Ay! Ay! Ay! I’m really feeling myself right now on my birthday. Thank you for the birthday wishes y’all. I love you. Thank you.”
Timberlake was flooded with birthday love by his friends and family – including his wife, Jessica Biel. The actress took to Instagram to share an adorable photo of the pair hugging and smiling, looking more in love than ever, with a caption that fittingly started with, “A picture says a thousand words.”
She continued to express everything she loved about her “super hot dad” husband – and his hilarious fatherly duties for their 2-year-old son Silas: “A ninja dad. A kiddie teeth brushing, Jedi sleep mind tricking, intimidating dad voice disciplining SUPER HOT DAD. I love you, you hot dad.. I’m here, right by your side, OG fan girl #1.”
Rehearsing for his big day performance Sunday