Although we’ve been through our own share of heartbreaks throughout our lives, none were as devastating as the split between Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake — one of the biggest breakups in millennial history.
The couple dated from 1999 to 2002, and their split came amid rumors that Britney had been unfaithful.
Now, two decades later, Britney is ready to tell her side of the story with the release of her memoir, The Woman in Me — and she is not holding back.
The "Toxic" singer revealed that before her split with Justin, she became pregnant and had an abortion. As expected, fans are wondering if Britney and Justin are still friends amid the first of many bombshells.
So, are Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake still friends?
While Britney and Justin have had a complicated relationship over the years, a source confirmed in 2020 that the pop stars are still friends and maintain a totally platonic relationship.
Ok Magazine reported, “It’s purely platonic, and they don’t talk all that often, but Justin checks in on her from time to time. They’ll give each other career advice, call when they have a birthday, or sometimes just to catch up — though they both insist that’s as far as it goes.”
The couple, who initially began dating in 1999, broke up years later after rumors of infidelity surfaced. Justin’s single “Cry Me A River” featured what viewers speculated was a Britney Spears look-alike — subsequently causing the pop star to react online.
Although it seems that Justin and Britney have made amends, he did write about the incident in his memoir, Hindsight.
"I've been scorned. I've been pissed off. I wrote ‘Cry Me a River’ in two hours. I didn't plan on writing it," Justin wrote. "The feelings I had were so strong that I had to write it, and I translated my feelings into a form where people could listen and, hopefully, relate to it. People heard me and they understood it because we've all been there."
In a previous Instagram post, Britney confirmed that there are no hard feelings after she mentioned collaborating with Justin and danced to his song “Filthy” in an Instagram video, even calling him a genius. She captioned the video, "As you can see I'm not really dancing folks ... I'm just very bored. ... PS I know we had one of the world's biggest breakups 20 years ago ... but hey the man is a genius!!!! Great song JT."
Justin Timberlake has apologized for how he treated Britney in the past.
In February 2021, Justin took to Instagram to apologize to his ex and Janet Jackson, admitting he fell short and didn't speak up when he should have.
"Because of my ignorance, I didn’t recognize it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life but I do not want to ever benefit from others being pulled down ever again," he wrote. "I know this apology is a first step and doesn’t absolve the past. I want to take accountability for my missteps in all of this as well as be part of a world that uplifts and supports."
Justin also actively supported Britney following the end of her conservatorship in June 2021.
"After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time,” he tweeted at the time. “Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was…what’s happening to her is just not right. No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body.”
Justin continued: "No one should ever be held against their will…or ever have to ask permission to access everything they’ve worked so hard for."
It's safe to say that Justin is Team Britney.