Justin Timberlake first triggered rumors about his recreational drug use during a 2002
interview with Blender magazine. Advocating for an American’s right to get stoned, Timberlake said that he was in favor of legalizing marijuana. “It would cut the crime rate in half,” he explained. “All the stoners I know are too paranoid to do anything stupid.” Timberlake’s third single, “Rock Your Body” from his 2003 debut solo album
Justified, included the lyric: “The air is thick/ It’s smelling right/ So you pass to the left and you sail to the right,” raising eyebrows among former ‘N Sync fans. That same year, the pop star infamously appeared on
Punk’d, nearly crying after being tricked into believing that tax authorities were taking all of his earthly possessions. “'That was back in my first-album creative days. That’s why I looked the way I did, if that makes any sense to you,” Timberlake later
told Entertainment Weekly. After the interviewer asked if the “LoveStoned” singer was high at the time, Timberlake answered with a laugh, “Incredibly… That was a trippy experience. That was why I was completely glassy-eyed… As a matter of fact, I was like, ‘OK, I got to stop doing this’… I don't do that anymore.” Just one year earlier, however, the lauded singer/dancer/
SNL host had an interesting interview experience for a
Rolling Stone cover. “I can’t believe I forgot how much fun this is,” Timberlake said “before taking another drag” from a joint in 2006.