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Britney Spears is not holding back any more. The pop icon, who recently won a major victory in her conservatorship case, took a jab at her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake on Instagram, saying that he would cry when she beat him at basketball.
The source of her comment was a video of her playing basketball with her fiancé Sam Asghari, which she posted on Monday. In the caption, she wrote: “I beat Sam at basketball … I’m so proud of myself … I’m sorry honey … I know you’re a pro and all … but I’m just too good !!!”
She then added: “Psss … I know my former teenage boyfriend would break out in hives if he saw me play this good … I mean he’d cry !!!”
Spears and Timberlake dated for three years, from 1998 to 2002, and were one of the most famous celebrity couples of their time. Their breakup was highly publicized and speculated, and Timberlake later released a song called “Cry Me a River”, which was widely believed to be about Spears cheating on him.
The song, which featured a look-alike of Spears in the music video, was a huge hit and catapulted Timberlake’s solo career. However, it also sparked a lot of backlash and criticism from Spears’ fans, who accused him of exploiting their relationship and portraying her in a negative light.
Earlier this year, Timberlake issued a public apology to Spears, as well as to Janet Jackson, whom he infamously exposed during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. He said that he had “failed” them and that he “benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism”.
“I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed,” he wrote on Instagram.
However, his apology was met with skepticism and cynicism by many people, who questioned his sincerity and timing. Some pointed out that he only apologized after the release of a documentary called “Framing Britney Spears”, which shed light on the mistreatment and abuse that Spears faced from the media, the public, and her own father, who controlled her life and finances for 13 years.
The documentary also sparked a renewed interest and support for the #FreeBritney movement, which campaigned for Spears to end her conservatorship and regain her autonomy and rights. Last month, Spears scored a major win when a judge suspended her father, Jamie Spears, from his role as her conservator, and appointed a temporary replacement.
Spears celebrated the decision by posting a video of herself doing cartwheels and thanking her fans for their love and encouragement. She also announced her engagement to Asghari, a personal trainer and actor, whom she has been dating since 2016.
Spears’ comment on Timberlake
Spears’ comment on Timberlake was not the only thing that caught the attention of her followers. In the video, she also showed off her basketball skills, which she said she learned from her father when she was young.
“I haven’t played basketball since I was a little girl … my dad taught me how to play … I was really good !!!” she wrote.
She also revealed that she had a crush on Michael Jordan when she was a kid, and that she used to watch his games with her dad.
“I had a huge crush on Michael Jordan … I used to watch all of his games with my daddy … he was a legend !!!” she wrote.
Spears’ fans were delighted to see her having fun and being playful with her fiancé, and praised her for her confidence and sassiness. Many of them also supported her shade at Timberlake, and expressed their disdain for him and his apology.
“Britney is living her best life and I’m here for it. She deserves all the happiness in the world. And yes, Justin did cry a river, and he can keep crying,” one fan commented.
“Britney is a queen and Justin is a clown. He only apologized because he was exposed and cancelled. He doesn’t care about Britney or Janet. He only cares about himself and his career,” another fan commented.
Some media outlets also picked up on Spears’ comment, and interpreted it as a sign of her newfound freedom and empowerment, as well as a subtle dig at Timberlake’s past actions and words.
“Britney Spears is not afraid to speak her mind anymore. After winning her conservatorship battle, she is reclaiming her voice and her power, and she is not letting anyone get away with hurting her. Her latest Instagram post is a clear example of that, as she throws shade at her ex Justin Timberlake, who famously dissed her in his song ‘Cry Me a River’,” one article read.
“Britney Spears is having the last laugh. The pop star, who recently got engaged to Sam Asghari, took a swipe at her former flame Justin Timberlake, who once accused her of cheating on him and made a song about it. Spears, who is now free from her father’s control, is showing the world that she is stronger than ever, and that she can beat anyone at anything, even basketball,” another article read.
Spears’ comment also contrasted with Timberlake’s previous remarks about their relationship, which were often dismissive, disrespectful, or regretful. In addition to his song “Cry Me a River”, which implied that Spears was unfaithful and caused their breakup, Timberlake also made several jokes and comments about their sex life, their matching denim outfits, and their failed romance.
In a 2006 interview with GQ, Timberlake said that he wished he had never dated Spears, and that he regretted wearing the denim outfit with her at the 2001 American Music Awards.
“I wish I hadn’t gone out with her. I wish I hadn’t worn that stupid outfit. It was just bad timing. It became a circus. It was a very heavy situation,” he said.
In a 2013 interview with Vanity Fair, Timberlake said that he still loved Spears, and that he was heartbroken when they split.
“I can’t just have meaningless relationships with women. I have to find Miss Right in order to have a relationship. There’s got to be that big moment when she comes along. You can’t help who you fall in love with. And she was the one. We were two birds of the same feather – small-town kids, doing the same thing. But then you become adults, and the way you were as kids doesn’t make any sense. I won’t speak on her, but at least for me, I was a totally different person. I just don’t think we were normal; there was nothing normal about our existence. We spent way too much time being the biggest thing for teenyboppers. It was like living a dream. Then it was over, and you’re like, ‘What the f—? That’s the only way to describe it. What the f—? I’m still trying to figure out what happened. I don’t know what else to say about her, except that I loved her so much. I still love her to this day,” he said.
Spears’ comment on Timberlake was a rare and surprising moment of candor from the pop star, who has been mostly silent and secretive about their relationship and breakup for two decades. It was also a bold and defiant move from the pop star, who has been fighting for her freedom and dignity for years.
Spears’ comment showed that she is not afraid to stand up for herself and call out those who have wronged her or taken advantage of her. It also showed that she is not dwelling on the past or letting it define her. Instead, she is focusing on the present and the future, and enjoying her life with her fiancé, who supports and respects her.
Spears’ comment also raised some questions and curiosity among the fans and the public, who wondered how Timberlake would react to it, and whether he would respond to it or ignore it. Some also wondered how Spears’ comment would affect their public image and legacy, and whether it would change the way people perceive them and their music.
Would Timberlake apologize again, or would he lash out at Spears? Would he acknowledge his role in their breakup, or would he deny it? Would he try to make amends with Spears, or would he avoid her? Would he respect her wishes, or would he interfere with her life?
Would Spears’ comment make people see her in a different light, and appreciate her more as an artist and a person? Would it make people realize how much she has endured and overcome, and how strong and resilient she is? Would it make people respect her more, or would it make them judge her more?
Would Spears’ comment affect the popularity and relevance of their music, and the impact and influence of their careers? Would it make people listen to their songs differently, and notice the hidden meanings and messages behind them? Would it make people admire their talent and creativity, or would it make them question their authenticity and integrity?
These are some of the questions that Spears’ comment sparked, and that may or may not be answered in the future. But one thing is certain: Spears’ comment was a powerful and memorable statement that made a lot of noise and stirred a lot of emotions. It was a statement that showed that Spears is not a victim, but a survivor. It was a statement that showed that Spears is not a puppet, but a star. It was a statement that showed that Spears is not a river, but a fire.