Before Biebs and Selena, or Zac and Vanessa, the teen power-couple of the moment was Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. Of course, their relationship crashed and burned spectacularly — who could forget “Cry Me a River” or the rumors of her affair with his then-BFF, Wade Robson?
Nearly a decade later, Timberlake says it’s all in the past. “I wish her the best – that goes without saying,” he tells Vanity Fair, speaking about Spears for the first time in many years. “We haven’t spoken in 9 or 10 years.”
When they were together, Timberlake and Spears spoke about how “normal’ their relationship was, playing up the just-two-Southern-kids-in-love shtick. Now, in retrospect, Timberlake realizes that there was nothing normal about his life as a 19-year-old.
“We were two birds of the same feather – small-town kids, doing the same thing. But then you become adults, and the way you were as kids doesn’t make any sense. I won’t speak on her, but at least for me, I was a totally different person,” he says. “I just don’t think we were normal; there was nothing normal about our existence. We spent way too much time being the biggest thing for teenyboppers.”
He’s got an interesting perspective, now, on what it’s like to be the hottest teen sensation of the moment.
“It was exciting that we were having so much success and we could do whatever we wanted. And I mean that about everybody: Backstreet Boys, ‘NSync, Britney, Christina,” he says. “At that time, we could literally go, ‘Oh, man, let’s go to Bali,’ and we’d be on a plane to Bali. We were little kids with big toys. You do the math – that’s not going to last.”
Excuse us, we have to go dig out our old copies of “No Strings Attached” and “Oops, I Did It Again” for an impromptu dance party.