Justin Timberlake seemingly shades Britney Spears during ‘Cry Me A River’ performance

This comes the same week Britney apologized to him for any offence caused by her memoir
February 1, 2024 12:20 p.m. EST
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Earlier this week, pop princess Britney Spears took to her official Instagram to apologize to anyone offended by the content of her runaway hit memoir “The Woman In Me,” and specifically praised her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake for his new songs “Selfish” and “Sanctified.”

It would seem that JT doesn’t accept that apology, and might even be walking back his 2021 public apology to her, because during a concert last night, he seemingly shaded the “Womanizer” songstress.

During his performance of “Cry Me A River” last night in New York City – the 2002 that also indirectly targeted Britney after their split by accusing her aof cheating on him, and had a Britney lookalike in the music video – Justin introduced the song by saying, “I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to absolutely f**king nobody.”

This seems to be in reference to the recent backlash JT has experienced after Britney’s memoir was released, where she revealed that he cheated on her multiple times, and pressured her into terminating her pregnancy.

In 2021, after Britney’s 13-year conservatorship was finally terminated, and the public began to fully understand how the “Toxic” singer was treated by sexist society, public pressure forced the “Sexy Back” singer to issue a public apology to both Britney and Janet Jackson for his poor behaviour.

Back then, he wrote, “I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond. I am deeply sorry for the times 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. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and 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 concluded his statement by saying, “I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly, because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be part of and grow from.”

Now, this dig during his infamous song seems to walk back that apology and seemingly asserts that he does not accept it.

On Instagram this week, Britney posted a video of JT and Jimmy Fallon’s performance during “Classroom Instruments,” and captioned it, “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 added, “I also wanted to say I am in love with Justin Timberlake’s new song ‘Selfish.’ It is soo good and how come every time I see Justin and Jimmy together I laugh so hard ??? Ps ‘Sanctified’ is wow too.”

This isn’t the first time JT has taken stabs at his ex during concerts. When Britney’s mental health struggles were splashed across the media, Justin altered the lyrics of both Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” to mock Britney. She noted that Justin changed the lyrics of both songs in concert to “they tried to make her go to rehab, she said no, no, no” and “I remember when, I remember I remember when she lost her mind,” respectively.

Now, fans, are not happy that the “What Goes Around Comes Around” has stooped this low. X (formerly Twitter) is awash with criticism.

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