Justin Timberlake Finally Admits "Cry Me a River" is About Britney Spears

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It took 10 years, but Justin Timberlake finally (mostly) confirmed something we all assumed - that his hit "Cry Me a River" is about then-girlfriend Britney Spears.

The 2002 song has long been rumored to detail the breakdown of the couple’s romance and the video even featured a girl bearing a striking similarity to Spears.

Timberlake has always denied the claims, but in an episode of E!'s True Hollywood Story, his friend Timbaland confirms Britney Spears was the inspiration.

Justin himself concurred (while still not mentioning his ex by name) that a heated phone conversation between the young lovers prompted "Cry Me a River."

Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears Picture

In the special, which was about Timbaland, the producer says, “He went to a concert and saw Britney, and Britney talked about him in the show and he was pissed.”

Justin then explains, “I was on a phone call that was not the most enjoyable phone call. I walked into the studio and he (Timbaland) could tell I was visibly angry.”

The singer, who was apparently cheated on by Spears, poured out his feelings in the song from his debut solo album Justified, and the emotion showed in his lyrics.

Timbaland says, “I was like, ‘Man, don’t worry about it’ and he's like, ‘I can’t believe she did that to me’ and he was like, ‘You were my sun, you were my earth.’”

JT and Brit, who just got engaged to Jessica Biel and Jason Trawick, respectively, in the last few months, split up that year, and are on friendly terms, but not close.


To the person who wrote whatever Justin. Although I respect your right to say what you want I disagree. He is an artist and the best art you can put out is about your feelings especially betrayal because so many others can relate to that. I don't think he was wrong for putting the song out. That is how artist deal with things they write music or paint or whatever they need to do to get over it


For him to say that she was his son and his earth means that she meant everything to him. It's a real shame when people don't understand how much others truly love them until it's too late


They were a wonderful couple! It is so pitty to see them both so unhappy, well may be they are happy, but most of the time they look as if they are not happy


I think they are soulmates But sometimes ppl will end up with who they're supposed to be, not who they want. Previous comments are right; they never look as happy as they used to when they were still together. Why didn't Justin forgive her that time...just for once? Maybe now they're married already & have babies :)


Even though its the past I never seen Justin & Britney so happy together like when they were together; they are with who they are now but no matter how happy they pretend to look; you can still tell their not truly happy at all.They were Pinky & Stinky;they complete each other.If only Justin when he sees her stop seeing betrayal & focus on forgiveness & also try to forget the past & try to be a good frd to her cuz that's what she really needs now, cuz she still looks like she's not all that well yet.


Im loyal fan of both i hope comeback together again,justin sweet w britney..


Yes, it would have been nice if they stayed together. Forgiveness can be so wonderful!!


They were ma fave couple back then...but i guess life goes on


They both were true lover and also youngest lover but britney had cheated him its so sad but timberlake still love her very and i hop they will together letter forever


Wata hopeles hope wish jt n brit get bck together again..yuuck jessica biel

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