Justin Timberlake Don’t shade your ex-girlfriend Britney Spears By singing the song “Cry Me a River”.
When he took the stage on Wednesday, December 13, to celebrate Fontainebleau’s opening night in Las Vegas, Timberlake, 42, declared “no disrespect” before performing the 2002 hit.
He seemed to be referring to Spears, 42, who mentioned the song in her memoir, saying: The woman inside mewhich was released in October.
In her book, the singer discussed her past relationship with Timberlake, which dated from 1999 to 2002, at length. Spears claimed that they cheated on each other throughout their romance. Following their breakup, Timberlake apparently hinted at Spears’ infidelity in “Cry Me a River.” When the music video for the song was released, fans were quick to notice that the actress set to play Timberlake’s love interest resembled Spears.
“I felt like there was no way at the time to tell my side of the story,” Spears wrote about the song. “I couldn’t explain it, because I knew no one would take my side once Justin convinced the world of his version. I don’t think Justin realized the power he had in shaming me. I don’t think he understands to this day.”
Spears also addressed their split The woman inside meAllegedly, Timberlake broke up with her in a text message. She wrote that she felt like a “prostitute who broke the heart of America’s golden boy,” noting that she was “in clinical shock” and “devastated” after the breakup.
“I was in a coma in Louisiana, and he was happily running around Hollywood,” Spears wrote. (Elsewhere in her memoir, Spears revealed that she had an abortion after discovering she was pregnant with Timberlake’s child.)
A source said after “The Woman In Me” hit shelves Us Weekly exclusively revealed that Timberlake was “disappointed” with the content of Spears’ memoir.
“Justin thought Britney might talk about her ups and downs in more general terms — not airing her dirty personal laundry,” a source shared in October. Another insider noted that Timberlake “regrets that he hurt Britney” all those years ago.
“He was young,” the second source added. “He believes Britney has every right to tell her story and hopes they can move forward now.”
For his part, Timberlake addressed his release of the song “Cry Me a River” in his 2018 book, saying: Too late.
“I was disrespected. I was angry. The feelings I had were so strong, I had to write them down,” he wrote. “I translated my feelings into a form where people could listen to them and hopefully relate to them. People heard me and understood because we were all there.