Justin Timberlake Speaks Out After DWI Arrest: 'Stay With Me, Fans'

Timberlake reflects on his bond with fans during tour

by Zain ul Abedin
Justin Timberlake Speaks Out After DWI Arrest: 'Stay With Me, Fans'
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It was the second time that Justin Timberlake spoke to his fans after being arrested for a DWI incident in Sag Harbor, New York, earlier this month on accusations of driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

In the course of the show in Chicago on Saturday, June 22, at the United Center, Timberlake used his time on stage in Forget Tomorrow World Tour to thank his fans for their support during the recent scandal that has been in circulation in all entertainment news.

"This [tour] is just something that keeps watching over me, especially on this tour more than any other," he said to the audience, charged up to dance. "And, you know, that’s mostly all of us here in this room tonight, in this arena tonight, so many of you here have grown up together, you know, with me, come up to me and say 'I grew up with you, man'" He went on an emotional tone and said: "Let me just say that I have grown up with you guys, I appreciate your support you are a big and beautiful part of my life and sometimes I am at a loss of words how you just keep on riding with me, and riding with me."

Timberlake Honors Fan Loyalty

The pop icon proceeded to recognize the loyalty of fans who have stood beside him throughout his time in the entertainment industry, both as a member of Nsync and as a solo artist.

He stated, "I just wanna say you guys keep loving me and coming back and spending and sharing this experience with me. And from the bottom of my heart, I want you to know that until I’m somewhere off this earth, I will never forget each and every one of you.

You made my life so special. And tonight in Chicago, you have made us feel loved." This tender message was made following the first public remarks of Timberlake on the scandal which took place the night before at the same site.

"It’s been a rough week," he told the Chicago crowd on the first night of the two-night stand. "I know you don’t make it very easy to love me sometimes, but you keep loving me in spite of all that," he said. The ex-boyband singer got arrested and was held briefly on June 18 in the beach community of Sag Harbor after police accused him of running through a stop sign while drunkenly driving his 2025 BMW.

Timberlake has refuted the specific DWI charge, claiming he only indulged in a single alcoholic beverage that night. He is next expected to appear in Long Island court, via video link on July 26, 2021, to respond to the violation.

The shutterStock continues with two more sold-out shows in New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 25-26, but this will attract media attention due to Timberlake’s unfortunate choice of timing when it comes to legal issues. His fan base, however, remained steadfast behind their man after the singer’s kind words this weekend.

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