Watch your back, Julian Edelman. Singer Justin Timberlake and Patriots QB Tom Brady are having a full-on bromance.
Two days after Brady told reporters he has a man crush on Timberlake, JT said the feeling is mutual. During a press conference Thursday to hype his Super Bowl halftime performance, Timberlake said he likes Brady — a lot.
“I love Tom Brady. There, I said it,” admitted Timberlake.
The singer, who’ll become the first person to perform at three Super Bowls when he takes the stage Sunday, wouldn’t come out and say he’s rooting for the Patriots. (“I gotta tour in Philly,” he said.) But, trust us, Timberlake is all about Brady and the Pats.
Aside from a few rounds of golf, the singer said he and Brady haven’t actually hung out that much together, but he’d like to. He said he texted No. 12 before the AFC Championship game to say: “I’m going to Super Bowl. Are you going to the Super Bowl?”
Timberlake wouldn’t say what he has planned for Sunday, but it sounds like he won’t have a special guest. (The singer, whose new CD, “Man of the Woods,” drops Friday, said his old band ’N Sync, Jay-Z, Chris Stapleton, and Janet Jackson were all possibilities, but in the end he decided to go it alone.)
If you’re wondering if anyone at the choreographed press conference asked about Timberlake’s NSFW Super Bowl performance of 14 years ago — when millions of people watching on TV got a glimpse of Janet Jackson’s breast — no one did, and JT certainly didn’t bring it up.
Mostly, he wanted to talk about Tom Brady, Tom Brady’s place in the pantheon of football greats, and Tom Brady’s hair.
“He’s got great hair,” the singer said. “Does he have a shampoo ad yet?”
There was one awkward moment when Timberlake was asked about his young son with wife Jessica Biel, and what the future might hold for the 3-year-old.
“He will never play football,” JT said, drawing a blank stare from NFL PR guy Brian McCarthy.
Timberlake didn’t say if that’s because of concerns about concussions, and he seemed to walk back the statement in the next breath.
“The main objective is that he become a great person,” Timberlake said. “If he wants to get into the arts or sports, yeah, I will fully support him and offer advice. Right now, we’re working on our manners.”
Timberlake has been rehearsing for Sunday’s spectacle all week, but he’s taking a break Thursday to host a listening party for his new CD at Paisley Park. He was asked about His Royal Badness at the press conference.
“Prince, in my opinion, was the greatest all-around musician I can think of in popular culture and he was a huge influence on me,” Timberlake said. “It seems like braggadocious to say, but the time I got to spend around him and with him, those are memories I will take with me forever.”
He said the opportunity to “walk the hallowed, sacred ground of Paisley Park” at Thursday’s party is on his bucket list.
But not everyone is thrilled that JT is partying at Paisley Park. Some Prince fans are irked that Timberlake has been given a temporary permit to serve alcohol at the mansion in Chanhassen, something Prince likely would not have allowed.
“I think the fans are just worried that they’re going to be walking around Paisley and they’re going to get wine on the carpet or wine on one of the displays,” Prince superfan Jeremiah Freed, known as Dr. Funkenberry, told the AP.
The party is being sponsored by American Express, which has said proceeds from ticket sales for the event will be donated to the National Park Foundation, the charitable arm of the US National Park Service.