Justin Timberlake Apologizes to ‘Absolutely F—ing Nobody’ at Concert
Justin Timberlake Apologizes to ‘Absolutely F—ing Nobody’ Before Singing ‘Cry Me a River’
Justin Timberlake performed a free show at Irving Plaza in New York City on Wednesday and issued an apology to “absolutely f—ing nobody” before singing his 2002 hit “Cry Me a River.”
Justin Timberlake Celebrates Birthday with Surprise Apology at Concert
Justin Timberlake celebrated his 43rd birthday with a one-night-only show in New York City, where he made it clear he had “nobody” to apologize to.
The former *NSYNC frontman turned solo star celebrated his birthday by playing a free show at Irving Plaza, performing both a slew of his career-spanning hits and some of his new Music of his forthcoming album, Everything I Thought It Was (which is due out March 15).
Justin Timberlake Apologizes to ‘Nobody’ Before Performing ‘Cry Me A River’
Before singing his 2002 hit “Cry Me a River,” Timberlake took a moment to share some candid thoughts with the crowd. “I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to absolutely f—ing nobody,” Timberlake said before the song, a concertgoer confirmed to PEOPLE.
Timberlake also performed the song at the opening of the Fontainebleau Las Vegas in December, but shouted “No disrespect!” before beginning the tune.
Justin Timberlake’s Apology Comes After Britney Spears’ Memoir Revelations
His latest comment comes after Britney Spears shared her thoughts on the two-decade-old song in her memoir, The Woman in Me, describing the plot of the song’s Music video as, “a woman who looks like me cheats on him and he wanders around sad in the rain.”
In the book, Spears, 42, claimed the media backlash from the video painted her as a “harlot who’d broken the heart of America’s golden boy,” when in actuality, she was “comatose in Louisiana, and he was happily running around Hollywood.”
Spears also confirmed in the book that she kissed choreographer Wade Robson while dating Timberlake.
Justin Timberlake’s New Material Will Give Fans ‘Real’ Perspective on His Life
Timberlake never addressed Spears’ memoir recollections directly, but told Zane Lowe last month that his new material will give his supporters a “real” perspective on his life.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears’ Ongoing Drama
On Sunday, after Timberlake returned to Saturday Night Live for the first time in 10 years, Spears made another public comment on the singer, praising the two new songs he performed on the NBC late-night sketch comedy show.
“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…” she wrote in a since-deleted post on Instagram. “I also wanted to say I am in love with Justin Timberlake‘s new song ‘Selfish’.”
Britney Spears Fires Back at Justin Timberlake for ‘Talking S—‘ at His Concert
Britney Spears called out ex Justin Timberlake for “talking s–t” after he seemed to shade her at a recent concert when he told the crowd, “I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to absolutely f–king nobody.”
All eyes are on Britney Spears in the center of the Justin Timberlake circus.
One day after the “Cry Me a River” singer appeared to take aim at his ex at his Jan. 31 concert, telling the crowd, “I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to absolutely f–king nobody” before reportedly launching into his 2002 hit, Britney fired back with some stronger thoughts of her own.
“Someone told me someone was talking shit about me on the streets!!!” she wrote on Instagram Feb. 1 alongside a photo of the moon framed inside a basketball net. “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!!!”
Amid the drama, the “Toxic” singer made her Instagram account private.
Justin has been under renewed scrutiny following the release of Britney’s memoir The Woman in Me in October. In the book, she gave insight into their three-year relationship, sharing she was pregnant with the *NYSNC alum’s baby and got an abortion, as well as revealing Justin broke up with her via text in 2002.
However, recently Britney seemed to be trying to clear the air, praising Justin’s new Music and reflecting on the how her book may have been perceived.
“I wanna apologize for some of the things I wrote about in my book,” the 42-year-old wrote on Jan. 29 in a since-deleted post. “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,'” she continued. “It is soo good.”
For his part, Justin has kept mostly quiet following Britney’s book, but previously offered an apology to Britney after the release of the documentary Framing Britney Spears.
“I am deeply sorry for the time 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,” the 43-year-old wrote on Instagram in 2021. “I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.”
Keep reading for more bombshells from Britney’s The Woman in Me.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake: Their Relationship History
Britney Spears met Justin Timberlake when they were Mouseketeers on Disney Channel’s The Mickey Mouse Club in the early 1990s along with Christina Aguilera and slightly older talents including Keri Russell, Ryan Gosling and Tony Lucca.
Though it would be some years before they dated, falling for each other when she went on tour with *NSYNC, Britney writes that she and Justin shared their first kiss while playing Truth or Dare during a cast sleepover with—insert irony here—a Janet Jackson song playing in the background.
Among the devastating low points Britney describes about dating Justin, she shares that she had a medical abortion because his position was that they were both too young to become parents. She underwent the process at home, she writes, recalling Justin lying on the bathroom floor with her and strumming his guitar during what she calls “one of the most agonizing things I have ever experienced in my life.”
She still isn’t sure if she made the right choice, adding, “If it had been left up to me alone, I never would have done it. And yet Justin was so sure that he didn’t want to be a father.”
E! News reached out to Justin’s rep and did not immediately hear back.