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Justin Timberlake Turned Down First Michael Jackson Collaboration, Talks ‘Gone’ on Master Class

Justin Timberlake says he wrote the N'Sync hit, "Gone," for Michael Jackson. Opening up for the first time about the song, the "FutureSex/LoveSounds" singer tells "Oprah's Master Class" that Michael Jackson requested to do the song as a duet with him, but it didn't work out because Jackson initially turned the song down and later, when he came back to request they do it as a duet, it was too late because the song was cut by N'Sync for their last album ("Celebrity," 2001).

"He called me on the phone and said he wanted to cut the record, but he wanted it to be a duet between himself and I. And I said, well, it's already out. You know we've already cut this song as an N'Sync record. I'm on the phone and I'm literally punching myself in the face," the Grammy winner says in video below. "I said I can't do that (the duet). Can we do like a N'Sync featuring Michael Jackson or Michael Jackson featuring N'Sync? He was very absolute about the fact that he wanted it to be a duet between himself and I."

Looking back, Justin Timberlake says the situation with "Gone" led him to think more about going solo.

"It's the first idea that I ever got about doing something on my own. It was the first time I ever felt the confidence to do it," says Timberlake.

"Oprah's Master Class," featuring Justin Timberlake, premieres Sunday, May 11 at 10 p.m. on OWN.

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