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For a guy who hasn't performed a concert in five years, Justin Timberlake seemed remarkably comfortable with the crowd at his pre-Super Bowl show. Maybe a little too comfortable. While introducing his 2002 hit "Cry Me a River," the pop star made some comments about his love life that seemed directed at ex-girlfriend Britney Spears.
"Sometimes in life, you think you found the one," Timberlake reportedly said, "but then one day you find out that she is just some bitch."
Timberlake and producer Timbaland have confirmed rumors that "Cry Me a River" was written about Spears (who reportedly cheated on Justin with choreographer Wade Robson.) Not that JT tried to hide it; the actress playing the unfaithful girlfriend in the video sure looked a lot like his teenage sweetheart. So it's pretty clear which "bitch" Timberlake was referring to, right?
Wrong, says the singer. "Wouldn't disrespect ANYONE personally. Ever," Timberlake tweeted on Sunday in response to the controversy. "#Relax #ItsBritneyBitch I do love that saying though*with accent*#Respect"
Hmm, where was that "respect" when Timberlake was onstage? Even if we give him the benefit of the doubt and say he didn't intend to dis Spears, he had to have known that people would interpret it that way. Given that Timberlake just married Jessica Biel, while Spears just separated from fiance Jason Trawick, that's a pretty low blow.
And even if it wasn't Britney in the back of his mind, why is Justin referring to someone he thought was "the one" as "just some bitch"? We'd expect that from somebody like Chris Brown, not the well-mannered Southern gentlemen we've known Timberlake to be.
Honestly, if he has to talk trash about a relationship that ended more than ten years ago, we wish Justin would just admit he was doing it. Then he could apologize. And then we would all feel better.