'Sexy was just the name of a rabbit': Justin Timberlake jokes SexyBack hit was about returning a pet bunny to his neighbor in skit with Stephen Colbert

In a sketch for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Justin Timberlake vamped about the true meaning of his famous 2006 single SexyBack.

The 36-year-old pop star lay on a picnic blanket next to the 53-year-old chat show host, who asked: 'When you brought the sexy back, where had it gone?'

Justin launched into a bit about how 'Sexy was actually just the name of my neighbor's rabbit,' whom he was 'petsitting,' and he was just trying to put the rodent's owners at ease that it would eventually be restored to them.

The whole truth:?In a sketch for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert , Justin Timberlake vamped about the true meaning of his famous 2006 single SexyBack

The whole truth:?In a sketch for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert , Justin Timberlake vamped about the true meaning of his famous 2006 single SexyBack

As the sketch began, Stephen and Justin - both wearing suits - were lying on a picnic blanket over some grass, staring up at the night sky.

'Hey, Timberlakehouse?' Stephen said.

'Yeah, Colbertballoon?' replied Justin.

'Can I ask you a really, like, really personal question?'

The big questions: The 36-year-old pop star lay on a picnic blanket next to the 53-year-old chat show host, who asked: 'When you brought the sexy back, where had it gone?'

The big questions: The 36-year-old pop star lay on a picnic blanket next to the 53-year-old chat show host, who asked: 'When you brought the sexy back, where had it gone?'

'Yeah, sure,' said Justin, 'why not? I feel really close to you right now.'

Affecting a sentimental onscreen moment - the whole sketch being underscored by romantic music - Justin and Stephen turned to face each other.

At this point, Stephen asked the big question about the song.

'Wow,' Justin breathed. 'No one has ever asked me that.'

'I was indeed bringing Sexy back': Justin launched into a bit about how 'Sexy was actually just the name of my neighbor's rabbit,' whom he was 'petsitting'

'I was indeed bringing Sexy back': Justin launched into a bit about how 'Sexy was actually just the name of my neighbor's rabbit,' whom he was 'petsitting'

He explained; 'Sexy was actually just the name of my neighbor's rabbit. You see, they were in Nebraska for the weekend, and I was petsitting.?

'But they were worried I wouldn't return the rabbit. So, I wanted to assure them, via song, that I was indeed bringing Sexy back,' he concluded.

SexyBack, a multi-platinum single that spent seven weeks as No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, appeared on Justin's second solo studio album, Future Sex/Love Sounds.

Throwback:?SexyBack, a multi-platinum single that spent seven weeks as No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, appeared on Justin's second solo studio album, Future Sex/Love Sounds

Throwback:?SexyBack, a multi-platinum single that spent seven weeks as No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, appeared on Justin's second solo studio album, Future Sex/Love Sounds

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