Justin Timberlake wasn't present for 'NSYNC's Coachella reunion, but he did give the performance his seal of approval

By Maria Pasquini
April 15, 2019 02:20 PM
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‘NSYNC’s Coachella reunion was Justin Timberlake-approved.

Although Timberlake, 38, didn’t join his bandmates for their surprise performance with Ariana Grande during her Sunday night Coachella set, the Man of the Woods singer made sure to cheer his pals on from a distance.

Sharing a photograph of Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick cozying up to the 25-year-old pop star backstage, Timberlake sent his congratulations.

“You guys killed it last night,” he wrote on Monday, adding a raised hands emoji.

Grande reflected on the collaboration Monday, captioning her Instagram post with a heartfelt message. “I’ll be recovering from this moment for the next twenty years tbh. the nicest human beings possible. It can go either way when you meet your childhood heroes and no one has ever been kinder or cooler or sillier or more lovely to be around. ever!” she wrote.

“Also how the f— do y’all still sound and dance exactly like you did when my mom and I followed you around on tour when i was 5? thank you thank you thank you for your time and energy and i love you so much forever,” she added.

Days after Grande began dropping hints that the boy band would make an appearance during her set, the group walked out to perform with Grande on her hit song “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,” which samples “It Makes Me Ill,” an old ‘NSYNC song from their 2000 album, No Strings Attached.

“I’ve been waiting all my motherf—ing life to say this: ‘NSYNC,” Grande said before she and the group performed the 1997 classic, “Tearin’ Up My Heart.”

“Coachella, this has been a dream of ours, thank you Ariana!” the band added.

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The group went on to thank Grande for inviting them to perform — and giving them a chance to share the stage with each again.

“Thanks @arianagrande for having us … was a great time and a chance to perform with my brothers once again !” wrote Fatone alongside a group selfie.

Joey Fatone (left) with JC Chasez, Ariana Grande, Chris Kirkpatrick and Lance Bass
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Joey Fatone (left), Lance Bass, Ariana Grande, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick and Justin Timberlake
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Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, Ariana Grande, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez
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The whole band, including Timberlake, previously reunited at their Walk of Fame ceremony last April. However, while every member got a chance to share their appreciation for each other in a series of speeches, the group didn’t sing any of their old hits.

Prior to that joyful occasion, the last time all five men got together was to celebrate Chasez’s 40th birthday bash in August 2016.

Chris Kirkpatrick, Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Justin Timberlake last April
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The day before ‘NSYNC’s Coachella appearance, Timberlake wrapped up his Man of the Woods tour after over a year on the road — and to honor the occasion, Jessica Biel shared a sweet video to congratulate her husband.

“Hey Tennessee kid, I’m being quiet because you’re in the next room. It’s your last show, it’s the last Man of the Woods show tonight. I would say that I’m so proud of you but I feel like that’s the understatement of the century and that somehow that I take ownership to what you’ve done this past year-and-a-half,” Biel, 37, said.

“I’m just in absolute awe of you every night to see you up there in your glory doing what you’ve been put on this Earth to do,” continued Biel, adding, that while she’s “so happy that you’re going to get some time off” she also felt “so sad that I won’t be able to see you up there again for a while.

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Biel, who held back tears towards the end of her message, wrapped up her selfie video with a heartfelt congratulations.

“You make my heart burst with joy and love when I see you doing your thing baby. I’m your No. 1 fan, I love you,” she added.

Timberlake responded to his wife’s video, writing in the comments section: “I mean… I’m not crying. You’re CRYING! I can’t with this message. I love you so much.”

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