Fatherhood has changed everything for Justin Timberlake — including his music.
“I named [Silas] after my grandfather and my great-grandfather. My parents divorced when I was young, my grandfather was very much a father figure to me,” he explained.
“But obviously, from two generations removed, just tough as nails, and like, ‘I don’t need to go to the doctor,’ ” adds Timberlake, 36, joking, “And I’m like, ‘I need my ENT,’ you know.”
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Williams asked what the name ‘Silas’ meant, and Timberlake had to admit that he didn’t know. “I literally just went on Google [and searched] ‘the meaning of the name Silas,’ ” he shares. “It sent me to this site and it said of Latin origin meaning ‘man of the woods.’ ”
Timberlake adds, “We were having all these discussions and he goes, ‘Man, you know what, that’s a really really good name for a song.’ And I was like, ‘That’s a really good name for an album.’ ”
” ‘Man of the Woods,’ the title track, was the first song we wrote for this album and the whole thing just took flight from there,” he reveals.
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The “Filthy” singer also feels that his upcoming album — which will be released Feb. 2, just days before he takes the stage for the Super Bowl LII halftime show — is deeply personal and shows how he’s matured since becoming a father.
“I talk about everything before Man of the Woods is aspiration and then Man of the Woods really is inspiration because when you have kids, all of a sudden you’re faced with your own childhood, good and bad,” he explains. “And, ‘Am I going to completely mess this kid up?’ ”
Timberlake continues, “I feel like the success of parenthood is feeling like I failed all day today, but I get to wake up tomorrow and do it again … and hopefully they turn out to be a good human being.”
Man of the Woods drops Feb. 2, but is available for pre-order now.