Justin Timberlake Delivers Emotional Speech at First Concert After Alleged DWI Arrest


At his first concert following his arrest for allegedly driving while intoxicated in the Hamptons, Justin Timberlake shared a heartfelt message with his fans.

“We’ve faced ups and downs, twists and turns together. It’s been a tough week, but you’re here, and I’m here, and nothing can change this moment right now,” the singer-actor told the Chicago audience, who responded with enthusiastic cheers, as seen in videos shared on X (formerly Twitter).

Timberlake’s Friday night show at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, marked his first performance since his arrest by local police in Sag Harbor, New York, early Tuesday morning. He was reportedly arraigned on one count of driving while intoxicated and released without bail.

A law enforcement officer pulled the entertainer over and “determined that Mr. Timberlake was operating his vehicle in an intoxicated condition. Mr. Timberlake was placed under arrest, processed, and held overnight for morning arraignment,” according to a police statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week.

The “Mirrors” artist is currently on his Forget Tomorrow World Tour, supporting his sixth studio album, Everything I Thought I Was. People magazine previously reported that Timberlake planned to continue the tour following his arrest.

He concluded his speech on Friday by saying, “I know sometimes I’m hard to love, but you keep on loving me, and I love you right back. Thank you so much!”

Timberlake is also set to perform at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday before heading to Madison Square Garden in New York next week.