Which Spice Girl did Justin Timberlake hook up with?


*NSYNC have reunited! Well, just temporarily. On Monday, the band was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They popped by Ellen DeGeneres’ show on Tuesday (and we all know the significance of this day) to dish on their less than squeaky clean past with a rousing round of “Never Have I Ever.”

During the segment, we learned a lot about the guys – Chris Kirkpatrick, 46, Lance Bass, 38, Joey Fatone, 41, Justin Timberlake, 37, and JC Chasez (serving up some Loki realness) 41. Chris and Joey have hooked up with older women, everyone but Joey is a card-carrying member of the Mile High Club and, with the exception of their spouses, they never hooked up with a fan (yeah, right) and never used one of the bands songs as the soundtrack to seduction.

One surprising revelation arose when Ellen tested the men with “Never have I ever hooked up with a Spice Girl.” Lance (obviously) flipped his paddle to “I have never” pretty much immediately, followed by all of his band mates – except for Justin, who hesitated. Ellen, being the all-knowing power that she is, put a paddle displaying “I have” on his knee, to which he finally agreed. Say what, now?

Well, who knew, huh? The Spice Girls and *NSYNC apparently go way back together, as evidenced by a throwback photo from 1996 Lance Bass posted to Instagram. In the caption, he said, “#TBT to the day I met the #SpiceGirls in 1996. We had both just released our first singles and no one in that airport knew who any of us were.”

PEOPLE promoted the story on Twitter with a photo that could also possibly shed some light on who the mystery spice could be.

Looking past Justin’s trucker hat (remember when those were a thing?) and the unfortunate facial expression of the woman to his left, in the corner is my favorite Spice Girl, Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell (Update by CB: thanks to those of you who pointed out that Emma Bunton is shown in that photo.) Back in 2016, British magazine Grazie asked Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton if she had dated Justin and she laughed the question off and replied, “No comment.” Well, apparently Emma did comment years earlier. During a 2004 interview with Jonathan Ross, she ‘fessed up to the fling, telling him, “We’ve been hanging out and having fun. We partied a bit.” and added, “he was very sweet.” (H/T to the sleuthing skills of Vulture.) Mystery solved. I think.

Ellen was on fire with *NSYNC this week, not only teasing them on her show but roasting the guys during their Walk of Fame ceremony. She joked, “I watched this band evolve over the years, and by that I meant I spent 10 minutes reading their Wikipedia page.” She then let loose with these zingers (starting at around the 4:20 mark in the below video):

“They actually got their name from a comment Justin Timberlake’s mom made about their singing. She said when they sang they sounded in sync,” she continued, adding, “You’re very, very lucky because if my mother named your band it would have been called, ‘Stop that racket, I’m trying to watch my stories.”

“Of course the band is made up of the cute one, the bad boy, the sensitive one, the sexy one and Joey,” she teased, before adding that in all seriousness, she was “happy that you’re being honored today.”


I wonder if the guys discussed getting back together during the past few day’s festivities. I, for one, would pony up some dough to see a reunion show. What if they, like their boy band rivals, the Backstreet Boys, did a residency in Vegas? Now that would be something to see, right?

NSYNC Honored With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

N'SYNC are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

The Brit Awards 2018

Photos: WENN.com

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  1. Digital Unicorn says:

    His Ellen appearance was painful – i could only watch a few secs. It must have pained him to have been in the background during the star unveiling, he always did think he was NSync’s front man.

    My guess is that it was either Geri or Emma and he dropped that nugget to pull focus back onto him.

    • Mama says:

      His face why Joey was talking… so obviously annoyed. He couldn’t hide it. The camera panned away but it was too late. He has a huge ego and it shows.

  2. Millennial says:

    If you watch their documentary, the Backstreet Boys still have such great chemistry. It’s like every member of N’Sync still has chemistry except with Justin.

    Yes I’m still comparing BSB to N’Sync.

    • V4Real says:

      I miss boy bands, I really do. Now I get my boy band fix by listening to KPOP. Those groups are really good and even my Nsync and Backstreet boys couldn’t beat them with choreography.

      And we all know JC was the voice of NSync

      • Millennial says:

        Yes, JC deserved the solo career Justin got.

        What KPop bands do you like? I’ve listened to Girls Generation but none of the boy bands.

      • SKF says:

        Yeah he was a better singer, much better looking and sexier than Justin.

      • V4Real says:

        My favorite is GOT7. I’m going to their concert in July. I also like BTS, EXO, Vixx and Big Bang.

        I don’t really listen much to the girls but I like Hyolyn a little bit.

      • susiecue says:

        JC was my BAE!!!

      • Asiyah says:

        JC is the best thing about that group! His voice is better than JT’s and he’s better looking. I had a crush on JC during his MMC days! Gorgeous guy and very talented. I always wondered why they chose JT to be the “it” guy.

      • MagicalDay says:

        Can honestly report I’ve never listened to a boy band song from start to finish. I just CAN’T with corporate music. I’m not foi gras- can’t be force-fed.

  3. Mogan says:

    Who cares about Justin. Yay nsync!!

  4. deets says:

    Isn’t that punchin in the wrong direction? To aim at Joey like that? Out of the lot, he seems one of the least fame hungry and normal, and Ellen just put him down. Dunno, I don’t see why they didn’t aim more at JT, who has fame still and is such a giant asshat.

    • Jenns says:

      I know she would never, but it could have been those descriptors and “Britney Spears’ ex”!

    • IMUCU says:

      I once saw this show where the host was about to do a quick interview Joey Fatone. She said something like “We are here with Joey ‘the Fat-one’ of Nsync today and I have to say you look pretty good to me!” The look on his face went from a very surprised “What the hell?!” to keep rolling with it, smile, and promote what you need to. Both my husband and I were watching it and our mouths dropped and figured that she didn’t realize his last name was Fatone :-p, like when news anchors read something wrong because they are unfamiliar with the topic. We felt bad for him, but he handled it elegantly.

    • Mama says:

      I think Joey has a good sense of humor. He appears on Impractical Jokers often and I think one would need a thick skin to hang out with those guys.

  5. MiaSophia says:

    That’s Emma, not Geri, on the far left of the photo, next to Mel C making the goofy face. She just has darker hair, not her usual bright blonde.

    Scary that I know that.

    • Sparkle says:

      You’d find that you’re wrong. That’s Nicole Appleton from the girl band All Saints making the goofy face.

    • SKF says:

      Yeah Corey got that wrong! That’s most definitely Emma next to Nicole from another beloved 90s girl band: All Saints! Geri is not in this photo.

      • Claudia says:

        Sparkle and SKF – that’s not Nicole, that’s Mel Blatt from All Saints. Three out of four of the All Saints girls look very alike.

      • SK says:

        Oh you’re right! Oops!

    • Celebitchy says:

      I updated the story to say that’s Emma!

  6. MC says:

    That’s also Emma to the right of him, Baby spice not Ginger I’m pretty sure it was her then

  7. Pixie says:

    In the pic with the trucker hat he is with Emma, not Geri.

  8. Merritt says:

    Oh Emma, you could do so much better. And of course Justin cheated on Britney with Nicole Appleton of All Saints.

    • Dee says:

      Well, she ended up with Liam Ghallager so we all know what type of person she is lol

  9. TyrantDestroyed says:

    The Vegas residency will never happen because according to JT it is for failed artists or something like that.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Trust me, he will be all over a Vegas residency in a few years. He’s not the big star he once was and he’s a terrible terrible actor.

    • Miss M says:

      He will eat these words back and take the check. It was just his petty way of throwing shade in Britney Spears.
      In the meantime, Britney is living her life with her hunky guy and has not acknowledged “cry me a river” in years…

  10. SM says:

    I have to YouTube to remind my self on a single song by this band and I was around when they were a thing. So put me in a column “i don’t care about the reunion”.

  11. Ally says:

    My first guess was Bunton, just because she was the most Britney-ish of the bunch and that was his type back then.

    Mel C would be the most Jessica Biel-ish, lol.

  12. Lucy2 says:

    I do not understand his appeal at all.

  13. Queenie122 says:

    That’s Mel Blatt from All Saints next to JT making the goofy face.

  14. Jegede says:

    It’s been kinda ‘confirmed’ that it was Emma Bunton.

    She must be happy cause she’s been hinting about it in the British press for years.

    (I would have expected it to be Mel B for some reason)

  15. Chaine says:

    Lol that even in the 1996 photo Posh has the same sour face.

  16. Amelie says:

    I would have guessed Mel C just because of her “sporty” persona because she seemed to exude the “Cool Girl” thing back then. But cutesy Emma makes sense too.

  17. Miss M says:

    I am here for a JC Chasez come back.
    I detested ‘NSYNC, but boy I had a major crush on JC. I still do.
    He IS the better singer and performer of the two co-leads… The other one just got great producers in his debut album. And well… he ran in the coattails of his girlfriend Britney Spears for a long time.
    The walk of fame ceremony was painful to watch. You can tell the other four guys get along and JT is so so fake… I love when they said they dated one of each other’s ex and made JC say “I have”. It was clearly aimed at Mr. “cry me a river”. Hahahahaha

    Ps: JC also has a great down to Earth personality unlike the other co-lead vocalist…

    Pps: More JC Chasez, please!!! It’s about time! 😉

  18. Dee says:

    Geez, who would have thought that Joey Fatone would end up the cute one?! Justin can crawl under a rock. He’s so annoying. Sitting there all pained and like he’d rather be elsewhere but without these boys and this band he’d be no where/nothing.

  19. Crackfox says:

    JC was the true star of that group, even said so. Listen to his song, Build My World. It’ll make you melt.

    I still hope he and AJ McLean do to a song together. They were the best singers in their groups.


    • Asiyah says:

      Yo AJ had so much talent! I loved him!

      I always preferred BSB over NSYNC and I won’t lie it’s partly because I couldn’t stand Justin Timberlake. I didn’t hate NSYNC more than I did because of my love for JC.

      Have fun at your cruise!

    • Beatrix says:

      OMG,Crackfox, you will be living my teenage dream on that boat!!!! Have a beautiful time. I BSB’d my way through elementary school. A JC & AJ Duet sounds amazing, hahah! So much nostalgia, it could definitely be a hit. Aw, my youth…

    • Miss M says:

      I was a BSB fan! Have a great time!
      Yes to JC Chasez all the way!!!
      The way he sang the h&ll out of “ This I promise you”. So talented!

  20. No Doubtful says:

    I would have guessed Mel B. I’m glad Emma had the sense to move on…haha

  21. Sage says:

    Nsync and BSB were the ugliest boy bands but JC and AJ have lovely voices.

  22. thaliasghost says:

    The “woman to his left” happens to be Mel Blatt of All Saints the arguably cooler band. Timberlake ALSO hooked up with a Saint.

  23. teehee says:

    He’s disgusting.