Britney Spears gave a little ego boost to her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake last night when she posted a video of herself dancing to his song “Filthy” on her Instagram and praised him in the caption. He took notice and replied back to her with a string of emojis.
Britney wrote, “This is my version of Snapchat or TikTok or whatever the cool thing you’re supposed to do these days 😅😅😅💃!!!!! As you can see I’m not really dancing folks …… I’m just very bored 🙄. PS I know we had one of the world’s biggest breakups 20 years ago …… but hey the man is a genius !!!! Great song JT ✨ !!!! Pssss if you KNOW WHAT’S GOOD 😜 !!!!!!”
Justin was into it, responding, “😂🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼”
Her sister Jamie Lynn Spears acknowledged the shoutout was going to fuel tabloid stories in the comment she left. “Blogs are already plotting their outrageous stories….” Jamie wrote to Britney. “You keep having fun and looking cute tho!!”
Justin and Britney’s breakup really generated attention when Justin released a song about it, “Cry Me a River,” and cast a Britney lookalike in the video.
In an interview with Rolling Stone posted on the magazine’s site in 2011, Britney spoke about how she felt about Justin releasing the song and talking about their relationship publicly. “I think I was in shock, to be honest,” she said. “I didn’t know what to say, what to do. That was the last thing I ever thought somebody might do. I was really shocked shitless. But you live and you learn.”
She explained to the publication that he called her during that time, right before he released the video. “He called me up and asked me if it was okay,” she started. “I can’t believe I’m telling you this right now. But who cares. He called me up and wanted to supposedly get back together or whatever, but behind it was, ‘And by the way, you’re in a video that’s coming out.’ That kind of got slipped in. ‘Don’t worry about it. It’s not a big deal.’ So the record label called and said, ‘If you want to change this, you can.’ I had the power to say no to the video. But I didn’t, because I thought, ‘Hey, it’s your video.'”
“I hadn’t seen it,” Spears continued. “Then it came out, and I said, ‘I should’ve freakin’ said no to this shit!’ I was so like, ‘Whoa. What is going on right now?’ But, hey. And I said, ‘Why did you do this?’ He goes, ‘Well, I got a controversial video.’ And I was like, ‘You did,'” Spears clapped her hands. “‘Yay for you.’ So he got what he wanted. I think it looks like such a desperate attempt, personally. But that was a great way to sell the record. He’s smart,” she laughed. “Smart guy.”