In a striking turn of events, Justin Timberlake, the renowned 43-year-old singer, has made headlines with his recent concert remarks, seemingly addressing Britney Spears' public apology. Timberlake, known for his impactful music and dynamic performances, surprised fans at his recent show with a bold statement.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize, to absolutely nobody," he declared, a move that has sparked considerable discussion among fans and media alike. This incident occurred just before Timberlake performed his 2002 hit "Cry Me A River," a song widely believed to be about his breakup with Spears.
The timing of his comment, juxtaposed with the choice of song, has led many to speculate about the underlying message directed towards his former partner.
Spears Praises Timberlake
The context of Timberlake's statement gains significance in light of Spears' recent actions.
Last week, Spears, in a gesture of goodwill, publicly praised Timberlake's new music, including his latest single "Selfish." This marked his first solo release since 2018's "Man of the Woods." In an unexpected turn, Spears' fanbase rallied to propel her 13-year-old track, also titled "Selfish," up the U.S.
iTunes charts, overshadowing Timberlake's new release. Spears' acknowledgment of Timberlake's work came shortly after her own candid revelations in her memoir, "The Woman In Me," where she expressed regret for certain statements made about their past relationship.
However, Timberlake's recent concert response seems to suggest a less-than-forgiving stance on the matter. Britney Spears' memoir, released in 2023, delved into the intricacies of her three-year relationship with Timberlake.
It unveiled several startling claims, including one where Timberlake allegedly pressured Spears into an abortion. The fallout from these revelations was significant, causing considerable backlash towards Timberlake. An insider shared with DailyMail.com that Spears harbored guilt over the negative attention Timberlake received following her book's release.
"She didn’t realize how powerful her words would be," the source noted, emphasizing Spears' surprise at the extent of public reaction. In an effort to mend fences, Spears extended an olive branch via Instagram, apologizing for some of her written words and lauding Timberlake's new tracks, "Selfish" and "Sanctified." Despite this, sources indicate that Timberlake has not personally reached out to Spears to address past issues.