Justin Timberlake is featured on the season premiere episode of Oprah's 'Master Class' on OWN and reveals details that MICHAEL JACKSON is the one who convinced him to go solo - and that Justin originally wrote 'Gone' for Michael:

Lance Bass actually thinks it was Diddy that pushed Justin to go solo as he revealed on Entertainment Tonight:

"I never heard that story, so I would not blame it on Michael Jackson. I always thought that it actually came from P.Diddy because P.Diddy was opening up for us at the very last concert and I remember that they were at the bar at one of our, you know, parties and I heard him say, ‘Hey, you should go solo, you know, without the guys.’ And I was like, wait a minute, I’m sitting right here."

h/t mikey & big bob