Justin Timberlake: ‘N Sync are better than One Direction’

'Mirrors' singer takes a light-hearted dig at the former 'X Factor' band

Justin Timberlake has said that he thinks N Sync are better than One Direction.

Speaking about the N Sync reunion at the MTV Video Music Awards last Sunday (August 25), Timberlake said it was fun reuniting with his former bandmates for a one-off special performance, and then he had a pot shot at One Direction.

He told Vibe: “It’s like old times but we’re a lot slower. There was a time where we actually bigger than bubblegum so I thought it would be an interesting send-up.”

Speaking about One Direction, he added: “I’ll be willing to say that we’re better than them but I’m not laying down any gauntlet,” he laughs. “I’ve seen them a couple of times and I like those guys. It’s interesting to see that whole wave come around.”

Timberlake reunited with his former band ‘N Sync during the VMAs, but other members of the group have since insisted that they have no plans for a long-term reunion tour. The singer is set to release new album ‘The 20/20 Experience – Part 2’, the follow-up to his March LP ‘The 20/20 Experience’, on September 30.