Meaghan Kirby
January 24, 2018 10:39 am

With Justin Timberlake set to perform at the Super Bowl LII halftime show in just a couple weeks, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think he’d be saying, “I want you back” to four old friends, right? Well, according to Joey Fatone, JT is not taking a page out of Beyoncé’s book because *NSYNC will not be reuniting in Minneapolis.

Fatone seemingly said “bye bye bye” to the prospect of reuniting with his former bandmates for the halftime show. TMZ asked the former boybander about a potential reunion, but Fatone denied *NSYNC’s involvement in the performance, saying,“I’m here right now. If I was doing something, I’d be at rehearsals right now. So obviously, there’s your proof.” 

While that definitely could be a shady dig at Timberlake for neglecting the rest of the guys during his set, he may also be deflecting because he wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise, right? The quintet previously reunited for a surprise performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013, when Timberlake was awarded the coveted Video Vanguard Award — and until the performance, Fatone, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, and Chris Kirkpatrick had denied any involvement in the ceremony.

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If Fatone is telling the truth (this time) and Timberlake is going *NSYNC-less at the Super Bowl, it seems likely he’ll perform his greatest solo hits and perform tracks off his new lumberjack album Man of the Woods,  which comes out just two days before the football game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.

JT, you’re great and all, but — and this I promise you — if you don’t bring out the guys, it’ll make me ill. Well, maybe not but you get the gist.

But while it appears *NSYNC will not be bringin’ the noise to the Super Bowl, Fatone also told TMZ that fans shouldn’t expect Janet Jackson, either. In 2004, Jackson and Timberlake were performing during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII when Timberlake yanked at Jackson’s costume, exposing her breast — in a supposedly planned moment gone wrong.

While Timberlake recently revealed that he and Jackson have made peace since the incident, fans are still seeking justice for Jackson, who received a disproportionate amount of criticism in the wake of the incident. But Fatone told TMZ that Timeberlake probably hasn’t invited Jackson to perform alongside him. He said, “He’s not that kind of person. He’s not controversial like that.”

Sorry Joey, but inviting Janet to the Super Bowl doesn’t strike us as controversial. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise us if she turned him down. But if Justin’s looking for special guests, I’m also pulling for Phil Collins because honestly, I’m desperate for a live performance of their Tarzan duet — but hey, that’s just me.

Joey seemed adamant that *NYSNC will not reunite on February 4th,  but we’ll never stop holding out hope.

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