Justin Timberlake didn't just show up at Sunday's 2013 MTV Video Music Awards to pick up his Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and shut down the Internet by reuniting with 'NSYNC . No, he was also there to watch the other performers, including, of course, Miley Cyrus.
While Miley's twerk-a-thon has gotten lots of attention and spurred plenty of discussion , Timberlake said he was not one of the slack-jawed celebs in the crowd who were caught on camera reacting to the spectacle. No, he was backstage getting ready to perform when it went down and when he visited Angie Martinez's radio show on Tuesday, JT seemed unaware of the controversy.
"Is everybody giving her a hard time about it?" he said with a smile. "I don't look at Miley that way, because I think the first time I met her she was Hannah Montana ... My thoughts on it are, it's the VMAs. It's not the Grammys. We're talking about Madonna in a wedding dress humping the stage. We're talking about Britney doing a striptease. This cycle is not uncommon."
Timberlake said Cyrus deserves a break because she's young and because the song ["We Can't Stop"] is "jamming." Plus, "I like all the bears," he said. "To me, it's almost if something like that doesn't happen at the VMAs it's boring ... something happens every year."
He also had a chat with Fresh 102.7's Jim Douglas and reiterated many of those same thoughts, including that his favorite part of Cyrus' girlie show was the reaction of Will Smith and family (sorry, JT we debunked that one already!) "I like Miley. I like her a lot," he said. "She's young, she's letting everyone know she's growing up ... let her do her thing."
JT also talked with Martinez about hanging with touring partner Jay Z this summer and the double date they had with their wives (nope, Angie, it didn't involve roller skating). "I did get Jay and Bey standing on a couch," he revealed. "Me and my wife get along with them so well. For all the stuff that surrounds us they're so normal."