My God, nobody has slut-shamed and put down their ex like Justin Timberlake has to Britney. He’s built his entire solo career, in fact, on painting Britney to be a monster. In a thumbnail, this kind of started when he used “Cry Me A River” to milk rumors that Britney cheated on him, even utilizing a Britney lookalike as insult-to-injury. It’s continued as late as October 2018, when Justin brought up how he wrote “Cry Me a River” in his new book, Hindsight: & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me.
“I’ve been scorned. I’ve been pissed off,” he wrote. “I wrote ‘Cry Me a River’ in two hours. I didn’t plan on writing it.”
Oh my God, IT’S BEEN 15 YEARS, JUSTIN, you have a WIFE AND CHILD. MOVE. ON.
There are longer and better threads about how Justin is pop music’s most charming leech and he’s made his way to the top by falsetto-ing about his ex. Personally, I don’t have all day to twirl into a rage spiral like that, but feel free to educate yourself.