Justin Timberlake has weathered many storms all through his profession within the highlight.
After getting his begin on Star Search and The All New Mickey Mouse Membership, Timberlake fashioned ‘NSync alongside MMC costar JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick. In the course of the group’s heyday, lead singer Timberlake sparked a romance with Britney Spears.
Spears and Timberlake’s relationship solely lasted three years however ended bitterly over stories of infidelity. Timberlake’s solo tune “Cry Me a River” even alluded to claims that Spears had been untrue.
“We’re not excellent. I don’t choose anyone,” Timberlake informed Barbara Walters in 2002. “It’s simply younger love. It was a really intense relationship, that’s for certain.”
Spears was shell-shocked that Timberlake accused her of dishonest earlier than flipping the script on him in her memoir, The Girl in Me. (A supply informed Us Weekly in October 2023 that Timberlake was “making an attempt to distance himself” from the ebook’s bombshells.)
Hold studying for a break-down of Timberlake’s largest controversies and scandals, from dishonest drama to Nipplegate:
Encouraging Britney Spears to Have an Abortion
Spears alleged in her The Girl in Me ebook that she grew to become pregnant throughout her relationship with Timberlake, per an excerpt revealed by Individuals.
“Justin undoubtedly wasn’t completely happy in regards to the being pregnant. He stated we weren’t able to have a child in our lives, that we have been approach too younger,” the “Child One Extra Time” singer wrote, claiming she determined to terminate the being pregnant as a result of Timberlake wasn’t able to grow to be a father. “If it had been left as much as me alone, I by no means would have executed it.”
After Spears went via with the process, Timberlake allegedly tried to consolation her by taking part in his guitar.
Britney Spears Dishonest Claims
Timberlake dropped his tune “Cry Me a River,” which he wrote in two hours, lower than one yr after he and Spears cut up. (Spears claimed in her memoir that Timberlake ended their romance by way of textual content.) Within the music video, Timberlake costarred alongside a mannequin, who seemed like Spears, as she acted out a dishonest scene.
Spears, who was vocal about her dislike of the video, later alleged in The Girl in Me that Timberlake was truly the one who cheated on her a “couple” of occasions.
No Longer In Sync
‘NSync disbanded in April 2002 as Timberlake wished to go solo.
“I used to be rising out of it,” he informed The Hollywood Reporter in a February 2017 profile. “I felt like I cared extra in regards to the music than among the different folks within the group. And I felt like I had different music I wished to make and that I wanted to observe my coronary heart.”
He continued: “We have been on a stadium tour, and I simply felt like the entire thing was too massive. It began out as a enjoyable snowball combat that was changing into an avalanche.”
Tremendous Bowl Nipplegate
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Timberlake sparked controversy in the course of his Tremendous Bowl XXXVIII halftime efficiency when he ripped off a part of Janet Jackson’s costume, exposing her proper breast. CBS, who broadcast the Tremendous Bowl, was fined $550,000 by the Federal Communications Fee (FCC) and barred Jackson from returning to the stage. Timberlake, for his half, issued an apology, noting his actions have been “unrehearsed” and “unintentional” however didn’t face any penalties.
Timberlake issued a second apology for not talking up by way of Instagram in February 2021.
Dishonest on Jessica Biel
Amid his romance with now-wife Biel, Us Weekly confirmed that he had been untrue. A supply solely informed Us in October 2010 that Timberlake had a three-day fling with Olivia Munn. Timberlake’s rep strongly denied the allegations on the time and Munn’s spokesperson didn’t challenge a remark.
Timberlake and Biel have been capable of work via their points, getting married in 2012. They later welcomed sons Silas and Phineas.
Packing on the PDA With His Palmer Costar
Whereas filming Palmer in New Orleans, Timberlake was noticed holding palms together with his costar Alisha Wainwright at a bar in December 2019. The photographs additionally confirmed Wainwright inserting her hand on his knee. A supply subsequently informed Us that the costars have been “simply mates” and “nothing inappropriate” occurred.
Timberlake then issued a public assertion. “A couple of weeks in the past, I displayed a robust lapse of judgment — however let me be clear — nothing occurred between me and my costar,” he wrote by way of Instagram. “I drank approach an excessive amount of that night time and I remorse my conduct. I ought to have recognized higher. This isn’t the instance I need to set for my son [Silas].”
He added: “I apologize to my superb spouse and household for placing them via such an embarrassing state of affairs, and I’m centered on being the very best husband and father I will be. This was not that.”
Test the Credit
‘NSync launched their first new tune in 20 years, “Higher Place,” in September 2023 to accompany Timberlake’s animated movie Trolls Band Collectively. Eagle-eyed followers rapidly seen that the monitor was credited as “‘NSync that includes Justin Timberlake,” questioning why Timberlake acquired preferential remedy. (No members of the band addressed the credit score drama on the time.)