Justin Timberlake poses for a stunning black&white shoot featured in the latest issue of ‘The New York Times’ magazine. The singer and actor also speaks to the publication about his career, specifically opening up on the topic of failure. He says that these days, he is less worried about not living up to expectations:

 “You get to this point, which I’ve done in the last five or six years, where you become less worried about success and failure. I’m sure there’s some self-help cheese-ball book about the gray area but I’ve been having this conversation with my friends who are all about the same age and I’m saying, ‘Y’know, life doesn’t happen in black and white.’ The gray area is where you become an adult . . . the medium temperature, the gray area, the place between black and white. That’s the place where life happens.”

On feeling like a performer, Justin comments:

“I try to talk to people about how much acting goes into music. How much of a character goes into what you put on stage. You ever sit down with Jay? He’s not the guy he is on stage. I’m not the guy I am on stage. I am a performer. It’s an elevated idea.”

Take a look inside the issue via the video above!