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Revisit the time Britney Spears called out ex-Justin Timberlake for using her for ‘attention and fame’

In the ever-evolving saga of Britney Spears’ life, there have been countless twists and turns. One of the most intriguing chapters involved her high-profile relationship with Justin Timberlake, which ended in a messy and public breakup in 2002. Over the years, Britney has accused Justin of using her name for “attention and fame.” Let’s take a throwback journey to revisit the time Britney Spears called out her famous ex for exploiting their past romance.

The Cry Me a River controversy

Justin Timberlake (INSTAGRAM & IMDB )

The drama between Britney and Justin reached its peak with the release of Justin Timberlake’s hit song Cry Me a River. The song not only featured an uncanny lookalike of Britney in its music video but also contained lyrics that strongly implied infidelity on her part. This ignited a media frenzy and fueled rumors that she was the cause of their breakup.

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In 2011, Britney Spears opened about the controversial music video during an interview with Rolling Stone. She revealed that Justin had called her, ostensibly to discuss reconciling, but also dropped the bombshell that she would be featured in the video. The decision to include her was presented as a minor detail, which she initially didn’t object to. However, as the video was unveiled, Britney had regrets. She stated, “I should’ve freakin’ said no to this shit!” In her view, it seemed like a “desperate attempt” to sell records. Despite her reservations, she acknowledged Justin’s cleverness, saying, “That was a great way to sell the record. He’s a smart guy.”

Accusations of using her name for fame

Justin Timberlake (INSTAGRAM & IMDB )

Fast forward to 2022, and Britney Spears revisited the issue on her Instagram, in a post that has since been deleted. She pointed out the parallel between her mother, Lynne Spears, releasing a memoir and Justin Timberlake releasing his debut solo album. She accused them both of using her name to gain “fame and attention.” This marked a rare and direct accusation against her ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake, for capitalizing on their past relationship to boost his career.

It’s worth noting that in early 2021, Justin Timberlake issued an apology, acknowledging that he had “benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.” This apology was a part of a broader reckoning within the entertainment industry regarding the treatment of women.

In conclusion, the drama between Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in the early 2000s and its subsequent revisitation in 2022 highlights the complex dynamics of fame and relationships in the public eye.

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