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Britney Spears dribbles a basketball during warmups for NSync's "Challenge for the Children III" charity event July 29, 2001 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Justin Timberlake takes aim at a 3-pointer during the pop band''s "Challenge for the Children III" charity event at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas July 28, 2001.

Britney Spears was reminiscing about her ex Justin Timberlake on social media, despite recently getting married to Sam Asghari in June of last year. The pop star shared a since-deleted throwback photo of herself and her fellow Mickey Mouse Club member Timberlake. Spears wrote: “When we used to shoot hoops TOGETHER … that’s when miracles happened!!!” In July 2001, the former couple competed in the Challenge for the Children charity basketball game in Las Vegas, where they donned matching Knights jerseys emblazoned with “Stinky” and “Pinky” on the back.

Spears, 41, added, “I came out of my mom’s stomach just like we all did!!! Psss … why always cast me out ??? I’m equal as all!!!” The “Hold Me Closer” singer and Timberlake famously dated from 1999 until 2002, and their split quickly turned messy after the former boy bander released his song “Cry Me a River” in 2002. The Spears lookalike in the video made it seem as though Spears cheated on him during their relationship. In 2003, she seemingly responded with her ballad “Everytime,” with lyrics: “I may have made it rain / Please forgive me / My weakness caused you pain / And this song’s my sorry.”

The princess of pop’s reference to their relationship comes nearly two years after Justin issued a public apology to her following the debut of the Hulu documentary Framing Britney Spears in 2021. Justin was featured in the film, and fans called him out for how he handled their relationship. He addressed this on Instagram, apologizing to both Spears and Janet Jackson.

He wrote: “I am deeply sorry for the time in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism. I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed.” See the full post below:

These 10 Pop Songs Turn 20 In 2023

The early 2000s gave us some of the best pop music out there. Artists like Beyonce, Britney Spears and Alicia Keys were constantly getting played, but the emergence of rock bands like Evanescence and Linkin Park hitting the mainstream airwaves were getting recognition, too. Hip-hop artists Outkast and 50 Cent both had completely different sounds and yet both received high critical acclaim for their respective albums.

Take a look at the 10 songs from 2003 that turn 20 in 2023 below:

  • Baby Boy - Beyoncé ft. Sean Paul

    Who doesn’t remember making up dance routines to “Baby Boy” when Dangerously In Love came out?

  • Bring Me To Life - Evanescence

    Evanescence’s debut studio album Fallen made goth rock hit Top 40 stations all over the country and for that, we thank you.

  • Come Clean - Hilary Duff

    Like most Disney stars, Hilary Duff pursued a singing career in the early 2000s. “Come Clean” was featured in the trailer of her 2004 movie, A Cinderella Story, in which she stars alongside Chad Michael Murray, Jennifer Coolidge, and Regina King.

  • In Da Club - 50 Cent

    You can’t be in any club on someone’s birthday and NOT hear “In Da Club” still being played today.

  • Hey Mama - The Black Eyed Peas

    Elephunk, Black Eyed Peas’ third studio album featured this hit amongst other greats like “Let’s Get It Started” and “Where Is The Love?”

  • Hey Ya! - OutKast

    For those who don’t know, “Hey Ya!” was part of a double album titled Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which included songs by André “3000” Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton. The Love Below was originally supposed to be a solo album, but at the last minute, management and the record company said it wasn’t a good time to do that, so Big Boi did Speakerboxxx.

  • Numb - Linkin Park

    If you’re like the rest of us, you became a fan of Linkin Park after hearing this song on the radio.

  • Toxic - Britney Spears

    Britney’s provocative music video to “Toxic” is one that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.

  • Turn Me On - Kevin Lyttle

    What ever happened to Kevin Lyttle? His song “Turn Me On” came out in 2003 and we haven’t heard any new music get radio play after his self-titled debut studio album released in 2004.

  • You Don't Know My Name - Alicia Keys

    From her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, we still listen to this song today.

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