At the 11th annual GLSEN Respect Awards over the weekend, Justin Timberlake shared a story about a childhood friend coming out to him.

GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, works to create a safe space in schools for children who are or may be perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel were presented with the group's Inspiration Award.

Timberlake and producer-songwriter Matt Morris appeared together on The Disney Channel's The All-New Mickey Mouse Club.

“I was obsessed with his voice,” Timberlake told the crowd. “One of the most amazing voices. I actually learned how to riff because I would follow him around and he was like 'maah' and I was like 'maah.' So I was probably very annoying to him.”

“But I'll never forget – he was 14 years old, I was 12 years old, and we were riding our bikes in Orlando, Florida, where you ride your bikes, and he said, 'Hey man, I have something I have to tell you.' And I said, 'Yeah, I know.' And he said, 'No, it’s very important to me.' And I said, 'Yeah, I know.' And he said, 'OK, I'm just going to say it.' And I go, 'Yeah, I know.' He said, 'I'm gay.' To which I said, 'Yeah, I know.' He said, 'Really, you know?' I said, 'Yeah, I know.' He said, 'How do you know?' I said, 'Matt, you make us breakfast in your own tortilla pan with a headband on while you're wearing a mud mask every morning. And you know what, I love you for that,'” he added.

Morris is currently married to Sean Michael Morris.

Also honored at the event was out actor Zachary Quinto, who received GLSEN's Champion Award.

(Related: Zachary Quinto accepts GLSEN award in memory of “truer champions.”)