Joey Fatone: Why Justin didn’t perform with Ariana, NSYNC at Coachella

From the mouth of Joey Fatone! The Common Knowledge host confirmed the reason Justin Timberlake missed out on ‘NSync’s 2019 Coachella performance with Ariana Grande — and it’s just what everyone suspected.

“He was still doing his tour, he had just finished his tour,” Fatone, 42, told TMZ when asked why the “Cry Me a River” crooner, 38, wasn’t a part of the reunion performance with Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez during Grande’s set. “So, he wasn’t able to come back and do rehearsals with us.”

Fatone added: “No, he wasn’t [able to fit it in], man. Think about it, you’ve been doing a long tour, would you want to do something after that?” As for if Timberlake was up for doing it had he not been busy, the New York native told TMZ “oh, yeah!”

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Paris Hilton, wearing a Dolls Kill dress, attended the Levi's Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)
Gigi Hadid, rocking a MANGO Braided Seashell Belt, at the 7th annual Bootsy Bellows Pool Party Presented by McDonald’s & PacSun. (Credit: Mike Nguyen)
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Rachel Zoe attends The Zoe Report's 5th Annual ZOEasis at The Parker Hotel on April 12, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Zoe Report)
THERMAL, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Janelle Monáe attends the Levi's Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)
Liam Payne showed off his buff bod at the 7th annual Bootsy Bellows Pool Party Presented by McDonald’s & PacSun. (Credit: Mike Nguyen)
THERMAL, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Cuba Gooding Jr. attends the Levi's Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Alisha Boe (L) and Kiernan Shipka attend The Zoe Report's 5th Annual ZOEasis at The Parker Hotel on April 12, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Zoe Report)
2 Chainz performed at the TAO x REVOLVE Desert Nights party, sponsored by LIFEWTR, where guests sipped Casamigos cocktails on April 12, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Casamigos Tequila)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Paris Jackson and Gabriel Glenn are seen at Coachella on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
Tinashe, wearing the ASH Addict Sneaker, attended the TAO x REVOLVE Desert Nights party, sponsored by LIFEWTR, where guests sipped Casamigos cocktails, on April 12, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Casamigos Tequila)
INDIO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Madison Beer during day 2 of the 2019 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival Weekend 1 on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Jeremy Moeller/GC Images)
Shanina Shaik, DJ Ruckus, Evan Ross, Ashlee Simpson, DJ CASSIDY and Kelsey Evenson attended the TAO x REVOLVE Desert Nights party, sponsored by LIFEWTR, where guests sipped Casamigos cocktails, on April 12, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Casamigos Tequila)
THERMAL, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Beau Clark (L) and Stassi Schroeder attend the Levi's Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)
Lisa Rinna swung by the Amazon Lockers at Coachella to grab all of her festival faves for the weekend. (Credit: Amazon)
Diplo stopped by to watch The Roots perform at Heineken House during 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 in Indio, CA. (Credit: Jesse Lirola for Heineken)
LA QUINTA, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Olivia Culpo is seen wearing black cropped top, denim shorts, belt bag, mules at the Revolve Festival during Coachella Festival on April 13, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Christian Vierig/GC Images)

Quavo attended the Cash App Dome on April 13, 2019 in Indio, California.

(Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Cash App)

Steph Shep stopped by the American Express Card Member Lounge activation during Coachella.

(Credit: Koury Angelo for American Express)

Larsa Pippen and Shanina Shaik attended the TAO x REVOLVE Desert Nights party, sponsored by LIFEWTR, where guests sipped Casamigos cocktails, on April 12, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Casamigos Tequila)

Paris Hilton spotted at the 1Oak Annual Closing Party Presented by Gravity during Coachella.

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"Riverdale" star Charles Melton grabbed a Heineken at the Heineken House during 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 2 on April 19, 2019 in Indio, CA. (Credit: Chris Polk for Heineken)
Billie Eilish stopped by Calvin Klein's #MYCALVINS House at Coachella on Saturday for an exclusive meet-and-greet with fans. (Credit: BFA)
THERMAL, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Evan Ross (L) and Ashlee Simpson attend the Levi's Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Cassidy Sparrow/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)
Khalid got his photo taken by Brooklyn Beckham at BMWi's #RoadtoCoachella Pitstop Party produced by Mirrored Media on Saturday during Coachella. (Credit: Enes Kucevic / BMW)

Gigi Hadid attended Framework Presents: Rhonda Queen of the Desert, which was sponsored by Select CBD.

(Credit: Rony Alwin)

PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: (L-R) Christian Coppola, Kiernan Shipka and Charlie Oldman attend The Zoe Report's 5th Annual ZOEasis at The Parker Hotel on April 12, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Zoe Report)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 13: Bella Thorne is seen at Coachella on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
Lil' Jon attended LiveMe's 3rd Birthday Celebration presented by STK at the Pond Estate on Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Palm Springs, Calif.
Kaia Gerber stopped by YSL Beauty’s first ever Coachella Music Pop-Up Shop over the weekend. (Credit: YSL Beauty)

Shay Mitchell wears a black fringe dress with her BÉIS Festival Belt Bag at the Revolve Festival during Coachella.

Ashley Greene and Ashlee Simpson celebrated the launch of CÎROC Limited-Edition Summer Watermelon at the CÎROC Summer House at Korakia Pensione powered by LA Weekly. (Credit: Jennifer Johnson)
2 Chainz, Sean Combs and Meek Mill attended the TAO x REVOLVE Desert Nights party, where guests sipped Casamigos cocktails, on April 12, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Casamigos Tequila)
Karreuche Tran and Victor Cruz cooled down with Minute Maid Blue Raspberry Slushies at the 7th annual Bootsy Bellows Pool Party Presented by McDonald’s & PacSun. (Credit: Mike Nguyen)
Rowan Blanchard and Tommy Dorfman enjoyed a VIP experience provided by Palms Casino Resort’s new Dayclub and Nightclub, KAOS at Moschino’s Palm Springs Desert Party with The Sims.
"Riverdale" star Charles Melton stopped by the Amazon Lockers at Coachella to load up on festival must-haves through the Coachella Storefront. (Credit: Amazon)
THERMAL, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Alessandra Ambrosio (L) and Jamie Mazur attend the Levi's Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)
BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky attend NYLON's Midnight Garden Party sponsored by ShoeDazzle 2019 on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for NYLON)
The Roots performed at Heineken House during 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 in Indio, CA. (Credit: Jesse Lirola for Heineken)
THERMAL, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Gregg Sulkin (R) and guest attend the Levi's Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)
BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Evan Ross and Ashlee Simpson attends NYLON's Midnight Garden Party 2019 on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for NYLON)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - APRIL 13: Daya attends Lucky Brand And Rolling Stone Live Present Desert Jam at ARRIVE Hotel on April 13, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Lucky Brand)
THERMAL, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Rachel Zoe attends the Levi's Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)
Kendall Jenner at the 7th annual Bootsy Bellows Pool Party Presented by McDonald’s & PacSun. (Credit: Mike Nguyen)
Gunna performed at the YouTube Music Stage at the Poppy x Google event during Coachella on Friday night.
BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Erika Jayne DJ's NYLON's Midnight Garden Party At Coachella Presented By ShoeDazzle on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Ketel One Botanical )

Diplo attended Framework Presents: Rhonda Queen of the Desert, which was sponsored by Select CBD.

(Credit: Rony Alwin)

Olivia Culpo traveled in style to Coachella with Lyft during the music festival over the weekend.

(Credit: Olivia Culpo)

Ashley Tisdale grabbed a can of Cupcake Rosé at the Frozie Factory at Coachella Music & Arts Festival on Saturday. (Credit: Michael Simon, StarTraks)
BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Lisa Rinna (L) and guests attend NYLON's Midnight Garden Party sponsored by ShoeDazzle on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for NYLON)
"Vanderpump Rules" stars James Kennedy and Raquel Leviss traveled to Coachella via a boohoo.com helicopter.
LA QUINTA, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 14: Olivia Culpo is seen wearing yellow jacket and shorts with print and brown belt, beige boots at the Revolve Festival during Coachella Festival on April 14, 2019 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Christian Vierig/GC Images)
BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Anwar Hadid (L) attends NYLON's Midnight Garden Party on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for NYLON)
Vanessa Hudgens swung by the Amazon Lockers at Coachella to grab all of her festival faves for the weekend. (Credit: Amazon)
THERMAL, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Jeremy Meeks attends the Levi's Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)
Gigi Hadid enjoyed a McDonald's cheeseburger and World Famous Fries at the 7th annual Bootsy Bellows Pool Party Presented by McDonald’s & PacSun. (Credit: Mike Nguyen)
Taryn Manning attended LiveMe's 3rd Birthday Celebration presented by STK at the Pond Estate on Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Palm Springs, Calif.
Darren Criss gets his water fix with Penta Water before a long night out attending Levi's Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California.
BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Singer Jojo performs onstage at NYLON's Midnight Garden Party Sponsored by ShoeDazzle on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for NYLON)
THERMAL, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Heather MacDonald attends the Levi's Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)
Ashley Greene stopped by Walker Drawas pre-festival and loaded up on her liquid essentials: Harmless Harvest coconut water and a bottle of Day Owl Rose. (Credit: Katie Jones)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - APRIL 13: Romeo Miller and Tom Sandoval attend Lucky Brand And Rolling Stone Live Present Desert Jam at ARRIVE Hotel on April 13, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Lucky Brand)
BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Brad Goreski attends NYLON's Midnight Garden Party sponsored by ShoeDazzle on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for NYLON)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Bella Thorne is seen on April 14, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Romee Strijid and Jasmine Tookes were spotted at the 1Oak Annual Closing Party Presented by Gravity during Coachella.

(Credit: BFA)

BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Kendra Wilkinson and Lisa Rinna attend the Erika Jayne x ShoeDazzle x Nylon Coachella Midnight Party at a private residence on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for ShoeDazzle )
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Victoria Justice attends The Zoe Report's 5th Annual ZOEasis at The Parker Hotel on April 12, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for The Zoe Report)
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Emily Ratajkowski attends the Bondi Sands Aero Launch Party on April 13, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Bondi Sands)
THERMAL, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: H.E.R. attends the Levi's Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)
BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: attends the Erika Jayne x ShoeDazzle x Nylon Coachella Midnight Party at a private residence on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for ShoeDazzle )
BERMUDA DUNES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Ashlee Simpson attends NYLON's Midnight Garden Party 2019 at Coachella Presented By Ketel One Botanical on April 12, 2019 in Bermuda Dunes, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Ketel One Botanical )
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Darren Criss attends Poolside with H&M at Sparrow's Lodge on April 13, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for H&M)
THERMAL, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Stassi Schroeder attends the Levi's Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)
THERMAL, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Quavo attends the Levi's Brand Presents Neon Carnival with Bondi Sands and POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu on April 13, 2019 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Cassidy Sparrow/Getty Images for Neon Carnival)
PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 13: Olivia Culpo attends Poolside with H&M at Sparrow's Lodge on April 13, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for H&M)

Sara Sampaio wearing a floral black cropped ensemble, complete with her MISSOMA at the Revolve Festival during Coachella.

(Photo by Christian Vierig/GC Images)

Billie Eilish and Yungblud attend The 5th Annual Interscope Coachella party sponsored by Privé Revaux.

Rocky Barnes attends TRESemmé’s #TRESFest pop-up during Coachella Music Festival.

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The Dancing With the Stars alum also didn’t completely turn down the possibility that he, Timberlake, Bass, 39, Kirkpatrick, 47, and Chasez, 42, could all possibly hit the road for a reunion tour in the future. “Who knows?” Fatone quipped. “Never say never.”

The “God Is a Woman” songstress, 25, sent the Coachella crowd into overdrive when she brought out the former boyband, sans Timberlake, to perform their hit song “Tearing Up My Heart” — complete with full choreography — on Sunday, April 14.

The night prior to surprise gig, Timberlake wrapped up his Man of the Woods tour at Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort in Connecticut. The Friends with Benefits actor’s wife, Jessica Biel, gushed over her beau in a lengthy Instagram video to help him conclude the tour.

“Hey Tennessee kid. I’m being quiet because you’re in the next room. It’s your last show, it’s the last Man of the Woods show tonight. And I would say that I’m so proud of you but I feel like that’s the understatement of the century and that somehow that I take ownership to what you’ve done this past year and a half,” the 7th Heaven alum, 37, said in the clip. “I just am in absolute awe of you every night to see you up there in your glory, doing what you’ve been put on this Earth to do.”

Biel continued with a nod to the couple’s 4-year-old son, Silas, telling her husband that he “inspires” them and “everyone around” including fans, family members and friends.

“You are truly a sight to behold. I’m so happy that you’re going to get some time off. I’m so happy for you and for us,” she concluded. “And I’m also, I’m so sad that I won’t be able to see you up there again for a while … You make my heart burst with joy and love when I see you doing your thing, baby. I’m your No. 1 fan, I love you.”

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The boys pose up high in London, matching in blues and greens.

We're not sure what's more jolting, Lace and Justin's semi-matching pants or Joey's plaid suit with a leopard print jacket...

Our eyes! Back in the late '90s, we thought we were blinded by their cuteness, but turns out it might've been those shiny jackets.
Baby-faced Brit poses with the boys, and we love it!
Look at those sultry stares! Did they realize they were staring straight into our souls?
Sometimes things got a little weird (sweet cornrows, JT).
Not ashamed to say we got one of those marionettes for Christmas.
As if we needed another reason to love them! Add puppies to the mix and the fact that they care about animals, and we're beyond in love.
Remember when this happened? 
And that one time Joey played with a tiger cub?
Chris knew Kris Jenner back when Getty only referred to her as Kathy Lee Gifford's "friend."
Welp, it was the Grammys. But guys... seriously?
There's JT, getting all sultry on us.
This one time, JC wore a two-tone snakeskin jacket.  It's okay though, we still loved him.

And Lance clearly had a great time channeling his inner 5 year-old at the Challenge for Children charity event they group held.

Hello, glamour shot! Loving the denim theme (background/floor included).
Time to sit for a slow song... a.k.a. melt every girl's heart.
Cue the creepiness: here they stand with their wax figures at Madame Tussaud's in New York. We must say JC and Lance's figures are right on.
Cleaning up in all black, the guys look pretty great. Except, JC PLEASE cut your hair!
Phew, that's better! They're a little squinty, but they look casual-cool.
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