He says he's a big fan of the former boyband singer

US singer Jesse McCartney says he’s flattered to be likened to Justin Timberlake.

And he admits he has a lot of respect for his fellow performer.

‘I admire Justin [Timberlake],’ he tells the Associated Press.

‘I think he’s done a good job of coming out of the boyband working his way into a solo career that is now massive. … It’s a great comparison.’

Jesse, 21, co-wrote Leona Lewis’s smash hit Bleeding Love.