Timberlake, 43, recently announced his plans for a North America tour and a new album, including a new single in nearly six years titled “Selfish.”
As of late, Spears, 42, shared her appreciation for her ex-boyfriends new music on social media as well as an apology for some of the comments she made in her 2023 memoir, The Woman in Me.
Timberlake performed a free, one-night-only concert on Wednesday January 31 at Irving Plaza in New York City to mark his 43rd birthday.
In a clip posted to social media by gilbertorra, Timberlake takes a break from singing to directly address the crowd in the evening.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to absolutely f***ing nobody,” he said into the microphone, as the band played the musical accompaniment of his 2013 Jay-Z collaboration “Holy Grail” in the background.
Many linked the comment to Britney Spear’s recent statement.
Spears wrote about several aspects of her three-year relationship with Timberlake in the memoir, including opening up about her decision to have an abortion because Timberlake “definitely wasn’t happy” that she was pregnant.
“I wanna apologize for some of the things I wrote about in my book,” Spears captioned an Instagram post, shared on Sunday (28 January). “If I offended any of the people I genuinely care about, I am deeply sorry.”
According to screenshots of Spears’s Instagram profile which is currently set to private, Spears’s message continued: “I also wanted to say I am in love with Justin Timberlake’s new song ‘Selfish’. It is soo good and how come every time I see Justin and Jimmy together I laugh so hard???”
The post also included a video of Timberlake’s recent appearance with Jimmy Fallon on his show.
In response, many of Spears’s supporters have shared their disappointment with Timberlake’s statement.
“This kind of ‘I don’t care’ attitude is only cute when you’ve actually done nothing wrong,” reads one disgruntled comment, while another fan wrote: “Britney, I’m so sorry.”
After the release of Timberlake’s “Selfish”, fans of Spears began streaming her 2011 song with the same title in response.