By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated December 20, 2019 at 02:06 AM EST

Folks, I ask because I am so not ready. I firmly believe that it will always be too soon to cut this wonderful song out of our lives. So can it be true that Justin Timberlake is officially retiring “SexyBack,” as he announced at a recent charity concert (h/t)?! I feel a tiny bit karmically responsible for this situation, as someone who found “SexyBack” fairly annoying when I first heard it in the summer of 2006 (has it really been so long?) — only to realize when I heard it that fall, in the context of the full FutureSex/LoveSounds album, that it was a total jam. If only I had advocated more forcefully for “SexyBack” from the start, maybe JT would feel differently now!

Anyway, this decision may be a symbolic one since Justin also says in that same story that he’s dialing back his tour plans for the time being. Perhaps he’ll have changed his mind by the time he revs up the old tour machine again in a year or two. In the meantime, I’ll have to content myself by watching this ’06 performance clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show (below). I’ll be honest, though, I’m still a little distraught thinking about this loss. How about you?

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