Justin Timberlake on Britney Spears: ‘What’s happening to her is just not right’


During and after Britney Spears’ devastating statement in court, celebrities posted messages of support. Mariah Carey kept it simple:

Brandy also sent a simple message of support, tweeting: “Sending all my love and support to Britney Spears and her fans.” Halsey also spoke out, which is notable because Halsey has been very open about her bipolar disorder and how she manages it and the support she gets. In another generation, Halsey’s story could have been Britney’s story (and vice versa). Halsey tweeted:

“Bless Britney and I hope with my whole heart she is awarded freedom from this abusive system. She deserves it more than anything. I admire her courage speaking up for herself today. Additionally, f–k anyone who thinks they have the authority as an institution or individual to control a person’s reproductive health. #FreeBritney”

[From Halsey’s Twitter]

Perhaps the most surprising celebrity to chime in yesterday was Justin Timberlake, Britney’s ex-boyfriend back in the day, and one of the many men who treated Britney like sh-t over the course of her life.

Y’all know I think Justin Timberlake is a narcissistic douchebag and he absolutely treated Britney like garbage back in the day, two decades ago. He made a name for himself as Britney’s ex and he was a total pig about their relationship and he just sucks. All that being said, I don’t know, I don’t hate the fact that he’s trying to send some support to her now. He didn’t have to say anything, you know? But he did and his statement wasn’t bad. And again, this is coming from someone who doesn’t like him.

PS… I’m not going to discuss Rose McGowan’s comments because I feel quite strongly that Rose needs some time away from the spotlight. But she did make an appearance on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, so that should tell you something.


, 2001 britney spears and boyfriend justin timberlake at the 28th American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA  1/8/2001 URW/

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  1. Piratewench says:

    Wait now I need to know what Rose said! lol

    I like that Justin spoke his support. Britney needs and deserves all the support. She may feel that their relationship is water under the bridge, who knows how she feels about it really. The support is nice to see.

    • MM2 says:

      Rose made it about herself. She equated what Britney has gone through with her own struggles & centered herself in the conversation.

  2. Loretta says:

    I agree with you Kaiser about the Justin Timberlake’s statement.

  3. LA says:

    I agree. He sucks, but I’m glad he spoke up.

  4. girl_ninja says:

    I KNEW that Justin was going to open his mouth about this. He is some of the reason why she is in this position. All the sh*t he said about her, the way he belittled her and added to the discord when she shaved her head. I cannot stand that man and want him to go away and leave her alone. If it were not for Britney he would not have a career.

    • Oh_Hey says:

      This exactly. The negative public perception of Britney and the media backlash came from multiple JT albums, years after their breakups where he villianizes her for vague cheating rumors. Diane sawyer aired Britney out (and seemingly lost her current credibility thank god) for JT. A governer’s wife publicly came after her for JT. MTV would pan to him for her performances.

      No. He woke in a 2021 where we all acknowledged our collective mistakes and realized he was one of them.

      He can kick rocks.

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      • Persephone says:

        I agree. Wish I could give you a 1000 thumbs up.

      • Eve says:

        @Girl_Ninja and Oh_hey:

        Agree with you both.

      • Otaku fairy says:

        Diane Sawyer and Kendel Ehrlich’s combined behavior toward Britney Spears over female modesty is just as dangerous and misogynistic as Chrissy Teigen’s behavior toward Courtney Stodden. But Kendel Ehrlich is a republican. Encouraging violence against women over ‘morality’, and showing no desire to stop/take accountability for any of that or the trauma inflicted is sort of their MO. Libertarians (and others) outraged about being compared to conservatives, or having to explain that it’s “not about being conservative” should do some more reflecting on why that’s coming up.
        Diane Sawyer’s “But it’s hard 2 be a parent” excuse is complete bs, but it’s also a reminder of what’s wrong with the Would you want your daughter doing that mentality, and the way it’s used to justify any reaction. Not being ready for daughters to try certain things is no excuse for misogynistic abuse. It doesn’t matter how pissed you get about women rapping about it, singing about it, dressing, dancing, or posing in ways you don’t approve of, or having it before you think they should have. You don’t put other people’s daughters, sisters, or other loved ones at risk to save the chastity of your daughters and call that a protection.

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    • Golly Gee says:

      Yeah, and he’s yet again trying to boost his flagging career off of her back!

      Apparently there’s a documentary about Janet Jackson and the unfair way she was treated after the Super Bowl debacle, along the same lines as the Brittany documentary. I hope JT is going to be digging himself out from this hole for a very long time.

  5. Eleonor says:

    I think it’s a good statement.

  6. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    I don’t agree, Kaiser. JT has inserted himself into the narrative and is making Britney’s tragedy about himself and his feelings. He treated her appallingly in the past and should stay out of what is happening now.

    • girl_ninja says:

      He was AWFUL. And that man has abusive tendencies. He lied and attacked Britney, he used and lied about the Janet Superbowl performance and he has constantly cheated on his wife. Maybe not during their marriage but before they walked down the aisle. He’s an opportunist and a user.

      • Otaku fairy says:

        It’s interesting that he continued to mantrum for years over that situation (were both of them even old enough to drink at the time?), but then went on to cheat on his actual wife after his brain was fully developed. That said, it’s…decent of him to support her now. Better than the alternative- ranting about being a victim of Cancel Culture.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yes and his treatment of Brit likely contributed to her trauma. He get no pass.

    • pottymouth pup says:

      I think Oya’s retweet of his statement with the comment of “this troll” summed it up perfectly

    • Golly Gee says:

      Good point! He can’t even compliment his wife without making it about himself. He and Jessica were at some event that was centered around her, and every time the media triedto ask her a question he would jump into the frame and start clowning around. He couldn’t stand not being the center of attention. Lainey at Laineygossip has his number. She rips him a new one all the time. LOL

      • Shirleygail says:

        He’s best pals with Ellen Degeneres. We knew about him. We now know about her. Seems like a fit. It’s telling who one’s friends are……

  7. atorontogal says:

    Of course he’s speaking up – anything to get into a headline. He’s garbage!

  8. Angel says:

    Screw Tucker Carlson. Why did Rose have to go on his show? He is such a sleaze. Pretends to be oh soo above everything. Pulling his face (“I don’t even know what this is all about”) on purpose, just to keep up the façade of this person who lives such a self righteous life that he can’t even be concerned about anything (He is a “journalist”…). “Hollywood is weird and celebrities are weirdos”. Never mind, of course, that former America’s sweetheart Britney is facing serious problems in her life.

  9. DRbitchy says:

    Agree to disagree on this one. The way he demonized her back then in the media and how much he gained from this, I just can’t with “me me me ” Timberdouche. I feel his comments are his way of trying to save some face, specially after the “Framing Britney Spears” documentary.

  10. Maddie says:

    Does anyone really need to hear from Justin on this? Considering the Janet situation, I feel like his publicist told him to tweet something about Britney / tweeted this out for him.

  11. Chisey says:

    I mean, I think JT is probably trying to get headlines, but in this case any attention on the conservatorship as wrong is good for Britney, right? I think their interests align, which is a good thing. I hope Britney is able to get control of herself and her estate again, this is so effed up

  12. Zapp Brannigan says:

    “Regardless of our past, good or bad and no matter how long ago”

    Guysssss she cheated on me, but I’m the bigger person saying to you that she deserves her automy, now that I can no longer get album sales out of her. I see what your trying to pull here Whingebag. I cannot with him.

  13. Jessica says:

    I agree it was a decent enough statement, and it’s good that he’s publicly supporting her. That being said, idk. I very strongly dislike him, in part because of how he treated Britney, and my initial reaction was “he needs to stfu and stop trying to cash in on her attention.” But public attention can affect things like this, and the more support she has, the better.

  14. BlueSky says:

    Considering the backlash he received last time, this feels like he is trying to play defense to prevent all her fans coming for him. He can go f@ck himself. He launched his solo career by slut shaming her.

  15. Diana says:

    I love Mariah’s tweet!!! 😍😍😍

  16. Watson says:

    Just another man profiting off his association with Britney. And for JT this is nothing new, just history repeating itself.

  17. ReginaGeorge says:

    Damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. People were tweeting all types of celebs and asking their opinion. He replied with his support. It is what it is. Being JT, the media was gonna put a spotlight specifically on any reaction or non-reaction because of their history. And people were gonna have their own opinions about it either way.

    Britney also holds no animosity towards JT, as she has “@” him several times on her IG and mentioned him in kind ways. At least this way she sees that he is supporting her and on her side, whether he actually means it or not, or whether his intentions are pure or not, it might mean a lot for her to hear/see him say it.

    • lucy2 says:

      Yeah I think if he hadn’t said anything, people would be on him for that.
      On the other hand, he’s like the last person I want to hear from on this, given how he has conducted himself for many years now, and his statement was eh.

    • Shirleygail says:

      You never forget your first love….

    • Jules says:

      I don’t know, the whole “regardless of our past”-stuff is such an asshole thing to pull in a tweet that supposedly wants to support her. If a person I don’t like is suffering like Britney is, then I can just give support without those passive aggressive snide remarks.

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  19. Amy Bee says:

    I’m probably in the minority here. but Justin should have stayed out of this. He contributed to and profited off Britney’s woes.

  20. Daffyduck says:

    I was too young when all this was happening 8-10 yrs old (94 baby)
    Can someone enlighten on me on what he did to Britney.

    Make no mistake , I know he sucks for all he’s done to his wife ,
    But I’m genuinely curious 🧐

    • Megs283 says:

      Daffy, so back in the day, media was OBSESSED with female pop stars (Britney, Christina, Mandy Moore, Jessica Simpson) and the status of their virginity. Britney had to insist, over and over and over, that she was a virgin. But JT gave some interview and said they had slept together. Also, some of his songs were clearly SUPPOSED to be about her, such as “Cry Me a River.” It was not a flattering portrayal. There are plenty of other examples of his jerkiness but those are the two that I remember off the top of my head.

    • chisey says:

      to expand a little bit on this, he crafted a public narrative where she wronged him by cheating on him and that’s why their relationship ended. I have no idea if she cheated or not, but he kept on talking about it, making music videos about it, etc, because the media attention helped his album sales. He created this image of himself as the sensitive guy wronged by skanky cheating Britney. His publicly contradicting her by saying they slept together was part of this I think – trying to profit off this narrative of Britney as this lying, loose, cheating woman, and make their sex life part of the public conversation. This all went great for him, he profited off it, but it was incredibly damaging to Britney. Some people believe that the invasive media attention was a big factor in her breakdown, and while JT isn’t entirely to blame for it all, he definitely participated in it and IMO he helped create this negative public image of her that went way way too far. He has kept on making jokes at her expense for YEARS, well after it was clear just how harmful it was to her.

  21. Seraphina says:

    While I do find JT funny on SNL skits, something about him just doesn’t sit right with me and never has. Not sure what it is – maybe he was the beginning of Brit’s demise.

  22. Gab says:

    I love Rose McGowan. She’s allowed to speak her mind as well.

    • AmyB says:

      Of course she can, but WHY Tucker Carlson???? He is just awful! Pretending like he didn’t know anything about Britney LMAO….he and Fox News can go to hell, as far as I am concerned for all their contribution in continuing Trump’s bullshit and lies.

    • Darla says:

      She’s a deranged narcissist

    • Jules says:

      She can and she does speak her mind enough. Ask yourself why she doesn’t get invited by anyone but Tucker Carlson. It’s not her feminism, it’s the fact that her feminism centers herself and excludes pretty much everyone else. This woman said that the word „woman“ is the new „N word“ and blamed it on smoking weed instead of apologizing. She needs to shut up and not give people like Tucker Carlson more reach. By going to his show just to speak her mind (which she could on Insta), she could maybe not legitimize right-wing bigots.

  23. DS9 says:


    Maybe I just hate him that much but that whole line really sounded like he was trying to remind us of his narrative that she cheated on him and ended their fairy tale.

    I mean given that he’s always worked overtime to remind us years later…

  24. You Know Me says:

    Sit down, Justin.

  25. Nic says:

    Yet again Justin makes it about himself…. if he were truly concerned about and supportive of her, he could have sent a private message. By posting on SM he (yet again) puts himself at the centre. Also, it was completely unnecessary to include “regardless of our past….” in doing so he attempts to position himself as the better person, for rising above whatever caused their breakup and also infers that she in someway was responsible. Again it is asserting his superiority over her – which is exactly what she has been attempting to free herself from. Men, like her father and narcissistic exes who repeatedly resurface to profit at her expense. Just gross.

  26. serena says:

    I don’t know, I would have liked if he kept it brief and simple instead of inserting himself into the message (as he always does) “regarding of our past”.. this isn’t about you! All the other stuff about women bodies etc it is right but from him.. I dunno, it comes off as patronizing and I don’t like it.

    Just stfu, Justin.

  27. Susan says:

    “Man of the Woods” didn’t work out so well for him so he’s going for “Man of the Women.” Barf. Not sold on his sincerity for a minute.

  28. lori says:

    JT – sit the hell down & shut up. this guy is unreal. shady as hell & he did not need to say anything. garbage is his middle name.

  29. Sophie says:

    I strongly dislike JT, but this is a good statement. I hope Britney is buoyed by the public support.

  30. Aimee says:

    Where was this asshole 10 years ago? Oh wait, still not taking up for JJ.

  31. MA says:

    He’s a clout chaser. It’s popular now to support Britney.

  32. Amelie says:

    I would be more interested in what Jason Trawick has to say. He was her manager/agent before they started dating and even got engaged for a bit. He was named as co-conservator until their engagement ended. Sometimes I wonder if he truly loved Britney and wanted the best for her and was trying to get her away from being under Jamie’s thumb. And he and Jamie didn’t see eye to eye and Jason realized he would never have a real relationship if he married Britney while she was still under a conservatorship. Or was he also trying to take advantage of her? It’s so hard to know. I bet he knows soooo much dirt on Jamie and Lynne and the whole situation.

  33. Kari says:

    Honestly, I just ignore Justin because it almost feels like he did have to speak up if only because then the narrative would have been “Justin stays silent.” Maybe because I don’t him but I feel like, even if he does empathize with her, it still feels like (to me) he did this for himself. I could be wrong but with how much folks try to control/protect their brand…makes me super suspicious.

  34. Kat says:

    JT needs to sit down and shut TF up. He’s only speaking out and “lending support” because it keeps his name in the news cycle. He’s no better than all the other opportunistic, abusive parasites who keep stealing Britney’s money, energy and time. Dude is super mad she’s still (and will always be) 10,000+ times more talented and successful. Narcissistic trash, I hope he likes karma.