Britney Spears took to Instagram earlier today to apparently show support for her former boyfriend Justin Timberlake.
Spears shared a video clip of Justin Timberlake performing with Jimmy Kimmel on The Tonight Show. Her accompanying caption said, “I wanna apologize for some of the things I wrote about in my book. If I offended any of the people I genuinely care about I am deeply sorry… I also wanted to say I am in love with Justin Timberlake’s new song “Selfish” 🌹 It is soo good and how come every time I see Justin and Jimmy together I laugh so hard ???
“Ps “Sanctified” is wow 🤩 too”
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Spears turned off comments on the post.
‘The Woman In Me’
In her New York Times bestseller, The Woman In Me, published last October, Spears talked at length about her relationship with Timberlake. They dated between 1999-2002.
She claimed Timberlake cheated on her during their romance and that he encouraged her to undergo an abortion when she fell pregnant. She says he broke up with her by sending her a two-word text (“It’s over!!!”) while she was in the middle of shooting a music video.
“As much as Justin hurt me, there was a huge foundation of love, and when he left me, I was devastated,” Spears wrote. “When I say devastated, I mean I could barely speak for months. Whenever anyone asked me about him, all I could I do is cry. I don’t know if I was clinically in shock, but it felt that way.”
Needless to say, some of Spears’ diehard fans seem to have trouble forgiving Timberlake.
Last week, Timberlake dropped his first new song, “Selfish”, in half a dozen years. He premiered another new track, “Sanctified” over the weekend.
Coincidentally, Spears also has a song called “Selfish”. It was a bonus track on her 2011 album, Femme Fatale.
When Timberlake’s song dropped and began to climb the charts, Spears’ fans decided on a unified course of action. They started streaming and downloading Spears’s track of the same name. Subsequently, over the weekend, Spears’ “Selfish” song was out-performing Timberlake’s “Selfish” on the iTunes charts.
Britney Spears fans getting a 13 year old song off Femme Fatale to #1 on the iTunes chart (dethroning Justin’s new song that shares a name with it) is genuinely iconic and reminds you how powerful this icon’s fandom truly is #BritneySpearsSelfish pic.twitter.com/nlqTENLXEH— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) January 26, 2024
A 13-year-old Britney song is charting higher than Justin Timberlake's new FLOP comeback single.— Adam Ellis (@adamtotscomix) January 26, 2024
Justice for Britney, justice for JANET, Justice for JC Chasez who was better than Justin in ever conceivable way. Justin you will never know peace. NEVER!!!! FLOP!!!!! pic.twitter.com/V5WBcOviCf
Timberlake shows support for Spears
Spears’ fans first began to mobilize against Timberlake following the release of the Britney documentary, Framing Britney Spears. They demanded Timberlake apologize for some of the ways he behaved during his relationship with Spears.
At the time, he issued a statement saying, “I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments and concerns and I want to respond.
“I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right,” he continued, later adding, “I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears.”
Timberlake also spoke out in support of Spears during her fight to end her conservatorship.
After putting over her side of the story in her memoir, and with her latest Instagram posting, it seems like Spears holds no ill will toward Timberlake. Will her fans continue to hold a grudge? That remains to be seen.
The iconic pop singer says she’s not collaborating with “random people,” no matter what the rumors say.
Oops, she did it again.
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