Justin Timberlake Credits Son Silas for Hit ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’: Fatherhood ‘Changes Everything’

10/11/2016 at 12:15 PM ET

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Justin Timberlake is crediting fatherhood — and his 18-month-old son — for his smash hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

“It changes everything. I would have never written a song like ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling,’ ” he told Today‘s Willie Geist on Tuesday of being a father to Silas Randall.

Adds the actor and singer, 35, “I don’t know that it was directly inspired to be something that my son could listen to of mine — because there’s a lot of music he can’t listen to of mine, at least not yet.”

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Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel welcomed Silas in April 2015. And while he may be seasoned in the music world, fatherhood has been a whole new ball game for the star.

“You literally just like wake up and look in the mirror and go, ‘I have no idea what I’m doing,’ ” he says with a laugh, adding that he has a new appreciation for his son and Biel, 34. “It’s humiliating and it’s humbling at the same time.”

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The singer is keeping busy with a Netflix concert film documentary, Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids, the lead voice role in the movie Trolls and a new album, his first since 2013’s The 20/20 Experience – Part 2 of 2.

But his most important role is a husband and father, evidenced by the former ‘NSYNC member raving about watching his wife of almost four years switch into mommy mode.

“You watch her realize she has a gear she didn’t have, and then you go, ‘Whoa,’ ” he says.

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