“After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time,” Timberlake tweeted Wednesday (Jun. 23, 2021). “Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was… what’s happening to her is just not right.”
Timberlake also referenced Spears’ claim that the conservatorship hasn’t allowed her to remove her implanted IUD birth control device in order to have more children.
“No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body,” he wrote. “No one should EVER be held against their will… or ever have to ask permission to access everything they’ve worked so hard for.”
Timberlake ended his tweet thread, writing that he and wife Jessica Biel send love and offer their “absolute support” to Spears. “We hope the courts and her family make this right and let her live however she wants to live.”
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Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears’ past
Timberlake and Spears were in a highly publicized relationship in the late ’90s and early 2000’s when they were catapulted into global superstardom as teen icons.
Timberlake, the then-frontman for boyband *NSYNC, first met Spears when they were kids in their early showbiz days on Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club. The pair were tabloid magnets, with the public obsessing over their relationship — and then, their breakup.
Spears, a hyper-sexualized teen pop star, was slut-shamed by the media and portrayed as unfaithful and the sole reason for her and Timberlake’s breakup.
At the time, Timberlake had said in an interview that he had slept with Spears — whose virginity was a point of sick obsession in the press. Later, he vaguely accused Spears of cheating on him, and that narrative played out in the music video for his 2002 song “Cry Me a River,” which featured a Spears lookalike.
This scene played out in FX and Hulu’s documentary Framing Britney Spears, which was produced by the New York Times. Following the doc’s release, Timberlake received a considerable amount of pushback, and then apologized for his actions and words back in the day.