That Time Prince Shared a Bathroom with Justin Timberlake

Prince would’ve been 60 today. Unfortunately, he’s forever 57. Which is a really odd number. Die at 60, it’s a much better looking number.

Anyway, Variety talked to a bunch of people who knew Prince to get some of their stories about him. Former Universal publishing exec Rebekah Alperin told a story about Prince’s indignity at sharing a bathroom with Justin Timberlake. It happened at the 2004 Grammys.

We were backstage at rehearsal the day before he played the [2004] Grammys with Beyonce, and there were so many acts rehearsing that they had to share space. He suddenly came out of his dressing room and he looked straight at me and said in that low voice, “I’m sharing… a bathroom… with Justin Timberlake.” Nothing against Justin, of course, I just don’t think Prince was expecting to be sharing a bathroom.

Very different reaction from Timberlake. His reaction was “I’M SHARING A BATHROOM WITH PRINCE!!!” in a high-pitched squeal. Followed by a lot of hand clapping a la Brendan Fraser.

These two had a beef that was pretty mild, but it existed nonetheless. Evidently, Prince got miffed at Timberlake’s song, “SexyBack,” and harrumphed at an Emmys party: “For whoever is claiming that they are bringing sexy back, sexy never left!”

That’s when Timberlake shot back at him in his song “Give It To Me.”

We missed you on the charts last week
Damn, that’s right you wasn’t there
Now if sexy never left, then why is everybody on my sh*t
Don’t hate on me just because you didn’t come up with it.

Now, Prince is dead and Timberlake is balding. Soo, I’m not sure who got the last laugh.

Let’s end on a good note, Timberlake’s wife, Jessica Biel.

Her caption should be: “Waiting for a job offer…”

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