Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River”: A Tale of Love, Loss, and Controversy
Justin Timberlake Shades Britney Spears at Concert, Fans React
In a shocking turn of events, Justin Timberlake took to the stage at his one-night-only show at Irving Plaza in New York City on Wednesday night and declared, “I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to absolutely f–king nobody” before launching into his Grammy-winning hit “Cry Me a River.”
The comment, which comes just days after Britney Spears apologized on her Instagram account for some of the things in her new memoir and expressed her love for his new Music, did not impress her legions of fans.
“Absolutely disgusting that in 2024 and after Britney literally promoted his trashy song, this a–hole Justin Timberlake is shading her,” one fan tweeted.
“He is such a pompous douchebag, even after Britney was kind to him & apologized without actually needing to,” shared another.
Britney Spears Claps Back at Justin Timberlake, Says She’s ‘Not Sorry’
Britney Spears wasted no time in responding to Justin Timberlake‘s concert comment, taking to Instagram to share a cryptic message that many believe is a direct response to her ex.
“Someone told me someone was talking s— about me on the streets !!! [sic],” the “Everytime” singer wrote in a post on Instagram Thursday. “Do you want to bring it to the court or will you go home crying to your mom like you did last time ??? I’m not sorry !!!”
Spears’ post has since been deleted, but screenshots of it have been circulating online.
A Look Back at Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears’ Relationship
Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were one of the most iconic couples of the early 2000s. They met in 1992 while working on the Mickey Mouse Club and began dating in 1999. The couple split in 2002, and their breakup was the subject of much speculation and media attention.
In her 2023 memoir, The Woman in Me, Spears reflected on her past relationship with Timberlake, writing that she underwent an abortion with his child, and that he broke up with her via a text message, cheated on her and publicly embarrassed her with the 2002 song and video for “Cry Me a River,” which is rumored to be about her cheating on him (something she admitted to in the book).
Justin Timberlake’s Apology Tour
Following the release of Spears’ memoir, Timberlake has been on something of an apology tour, attempting to make amends for his past actions.
In a recent interview with Zane Lowe, Timberlake said, “I was able, on some of the songs, to look back at the past and have a real, not a refracted perspective of what it was because they always say … you always hear that thing about, well, there’s never any truth, there’s just everybody’s perspective of what happened.”
“But to really look at it and be able to metabolize and verbalize my perspective on it, I don’t think I’ve ever really done that before.”
The drama between Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears continues to unfold, and it’s unclear how it will end. One thing is for sure, though: this is a story that will continue to captivate fans for years to come.
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