J.C. Chasez: ‘NSYNC Reunion Was Justin Timberlake’s Idea

‘NSYNC – (from left) Lance Bass, J.C. Chasez, Justin Timberlake, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick – perform at the VMAs on Aug. 25

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updated 08/25/2015 AT 8:16 PM ET

originally published 08/26/2013 AT 3:00 PM ET

It all started with a phone call from Justin Timberlake.

J.C. Chasez revealed on Monday that ‘NSYNC’s big reunion at the VMAs was all Timberlake’s idea.

“It was just a matter of time. Everybody would ask us, ‘When are you guys going to do something?’ ” Chasez said Monday on On Air with Ryan Seacrest. “First of all, it was the worst-kept secret ever, [but] Justin gave me a buzz and he said, ‘Hey man, listen. I’m getting this award and they have given me a pile of time to perform and we started our careers at MTV and I think we should get the band back together.”

Timberlake was receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and Chasez says he wanted to acknowledge his time with the boy band, “so we all decided to do it.”

Even though it’s been 11 years since ‘NSYNC broke up, Chasez admits that when they all got together to rehearse for the performance, “two minutes after seeing everybody you feel like no time has passed.”

But the same couldn’t be said for remembering their iconic dance moves.

“Everyone was going, ‘Can we go through this one more time slowly?’ So that part was pretty funny.”