Timbaland thinks Justin Timberlake should ‘put a muzzle on that’, ‘that’ being Britney

Timbaland and Justin Timberlake used to be frequent collaborators, and Timbaland was the producer of most of JT’s solo albums. While I think they’ve absolutely made some great music together, historically, they seem to bring out the worst in each other at a personal level. Justin is currently hiding out “on vacation” with his wife, trying desperately to wait out the onslaught of bad press he’s gotten in the wake of Britney Spears’ memoir. I’m sure somewhere, a crisis manager is convinced that all of this will blow over in a few months. Maybe it would have if Justin apologized thoroughly and publicly. Maybe it would blow over if JT’s surrogates, like Timbaland, weren’t publicly bad-mouthing Britney.

Britney Spears’ fans are furious over Timbaland’s “disgusting” comments about her bombshell memoir. During a recent panel, the record producer said the “Toxic” singer has been “going crazy” after being asked about his and Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” collaboration “making headlines again” because of the bestselling book.

Timbaland also said he was tempted to reach out to the “Mirrors” crooner following the Oct. 24 release of “The Woman in Me.”

“I wanted to call and say, ‘JT, you gotta put a muzzle on that,’” he joked while speaking at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, for “Sounds Architects: A Producer Conversation” on Oct. 30. While many audience members laughed at Timbaland’s comment, Twitter users took issue with the viral interview clip.

“Timbaland saying that Justin Timberlake should have put a ‘muzzle’ on Britney is actually INSANE considering Britney has been treated like a caged animal for the past 13 years,” one social media user wrote, referring to Spears’ conservatorship.

Timbaland, 51, continued to slam Spears’ memoir in the interview, claiming the “Crossroads” actress, 41, wanted to “do something to get people’s attention.”

He said, “You know what? We live in the age of social media and … everybody want[s] to go viral. I get it because that’s the way you make money [is to] go viral.”

[From Page Six]

I don’t even understand the “muzzle” comment in context? What is Timbaland suggesting that Justin do, go back in time and muzzle Britney, or muzzle Britney here in 2023? All Britney has done is tell her story and, considering what we already knew about the seriously dark stuff she’s gone through, she actually went easy on a lot of people, Justin included. The muzzle comment is even weirder given Timbaland’s remark about Britney trying to “go viral.” Britney is… one of the most famous women in the world. She could step outside barefoot and make global headlines. She’s not some C-list TikToker trying to get 10,000 views. Anyway, Timbaland has already “apologized.” What a bizarre way for Timbaland to attempt to go viral!

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  1. Ariel says:

    I’m offended for Ms Spears, for all women and for the Kennedy Center. That’s a prestigious venue. They need to take the timba whatever trash out.

  2. Amy Bee says:


    • Aimee says:

      And when was the last time Timbaland (I had to check my spelling) was relevant? The Kennedy Center should do a better job vetting.

      • Another Anna says:

        Timbaland was last relevant in like 2008-2010ish. Before Justin, Missy Elliott was one of his most frequent collaborators. In my opinion, Timbaland is lazy; he’s good when he has a creative artist pushing him, and he’s derivative when he’s allowed to be. I also think it’s notable that Timbaland himself released a track in the late 2000s and failed to gain any traction as a performer.

        To be honest, I feel like he’s jealous of Britney. She could yawn and it would get more press coverage than he does.

    • Barbie1 says:

      What a hateful thing to say to someone we all know is in pain and struggling. Truly ugly.

    • Ace says:

      But that’s his culture, we are meant to respect it.

      • Hillary says:

        What??? Patriarchy is our culture, full stop, & alluding that it’s something in particular about this man is….

  3. girl_ninja says:

    Note he doesn’t say Britney isn’t telling the truth, only that she should be muzzled. What a loser.

    • CatMum says:

      both of the Timbs need to have all of the seats.

    • Josephine says:

      and note that he apologies to her FANS and then adds that he apologies “even to her”. He’s only worried about her fan base. he doesn’t care a thing about her and isn’t even treating her like a human being. that apology was just as disgusting as his original statement.

  4. StillDouchesOfCambridge says:

    Looks like he’s the one who’s gonna get muzzled by the Britney fans. Good for him. Let Britney have her voice. If the dude in question (JT) is saying nothing, and gone on vacation to avoid the noise, he should definitely shut up and mind his own business. Timba’s going down in 3,2,1…

  5. Josephine says:

    We have an entire country full of men who want women to be silent, and being famous, talented and rich is no protection. Men really are emboldened to say the silent part out loud and we need to hear that crap and take action.

  6. Flowerlake says:

    I don’t think they made such great music together.
    Their music, like a lot of that era, was very meh, in my opinion.

    • outoftheshadows says:

      Timbaland made amazing music with Missy Elliott and Aaliyah. I was never interested in JT but there’s no denying that this man has talent.

      Doesn’t mean I have to respect him for talking out his a**.

  7. Nubia says:

    I can just imagine the disgusting mysoginistic bro chats these two have while creating music.

  8. Embee says:

    His comment illustrates how persistent is the thinking that a woman is essentially property of a man. Even decades after the BS/JT breakup this mumbling anachronism contemplates a solution involving JT’s violent control over her body. No wonder they got conservatorship over her… she’s just a dog to be muzzled and kennelled after all (heavy sarcasm)

    • Flowerlake says:

      It is all very Victorian horror story to me: just put a woman in an asylum if she speaks up for herself, or if you simply want her money.

  9. sevenblue says:

    They used Britney lookalike in their music video to feed on her popularity and he thinks that Britney needs JT to go viral? I am most disturbed by the audience laughing at his “joke”. He may be one man, but you can still see there are a lot of people (men & women) who think that a woman having her voice or making their point of view public isn’t acceptable. Their friendship (JT & Tim) makes a lot of sense now, two misogynistic men talk a lot of sh*t about famous women, I am sure.

  10. BB says:

    I think he means blackmail her.

  11. Jais says:

    So a woman who was put in a financially and emotionally abused should now be muzzled? Wtf

  12. Mireille says:

    More than a decade of EVERYONE talking about Britney from TMZ to her PR Team to even Ronan Farrow and the NY Times and we take it all in and dissect everything they say about her whether good or bad. But when Britney gets her chance to have her say and not have someone say anything for her or about her, out come Timabaland and the mansplainers of the world. He and the rest of the misogynists can go f*ck themselves.

    • Kateee says:

      Maybe I just have lawyer wiring, but “muzzle” is very common shorthand for a gag order or injunction to prevent something from being published. It’s a very poor choice of words for a grown man in 2023 discussing a woman with Britney’s history but I read it more as a sensitivity/thoughtfulness issue, not necessarily intentional misogyny.

      All of that said, there’s some good evidence he doesn’t deserve my generous reading on this, so… bye has-been.

      • Kateee says:

        Sorry, I dont know how I ended up a reply and not a standalone comment! But your point is a good one, Mireille!

      • Pulplove says:

        You’re too generous, Kateee. I used to like his music ages ago and saw a documentary about him. He was going on and on about how much he loved a teenage Aaliyah and that the woman he married looked just like her (from what I read she filed for divorce at least twice but called it off again). At the same time, he was bragging about being the man and not willing to go out of his way to compliment a woman or make concessions. What he said here and his insult-apology are absolutely in line with who he seems to be.

      • Mireille says:

        @Kateee and @Pulplove. Well, I can definitely see how Timbaland could be dropping hints to Justin about securing an injunction. But I’d think he would use the word “gag order” instead of muzzle. Either way, he goes on to indirectly accuse Britney of writing her bio to get more viral attention via social. Makes me wonder did he ever tell Justin to shut it when he went on his press tour talking about taking her virginity? To me, Timabaland is just defending Justin no matter the costs. I’m all for Twitter dragging him.

    • fineskylark says:

      OT, but I love your name! (It’s my daughter’s, too.)

      • Mireille says:

        Thank you! It’s not my real name. “Mireille” is a beautiful name and I stole it from the actress Mireille Enos to use as my avatar on Celebitchy! Hee hee hee…

  13. BlueNailsBetty says:

    Whenever a man outs himself as a potentially violent misogynist I can’t help but wonder how he has treated women and whether or not he should be investigated.

  14. Becks1 says:

    Britney’s been essentially muzzled for 20 years. She can tell her story. Sorry if it doesn’t make JT look good, maybe he shouldn’t have been such an ass to her.

  15. Chantal says:

    I was done with Timbaland after he said he married his wife bc she looked like the late great R&B singer/actress Aaliyah, who he had been in love with and produced many songs for her (along with then producing partner Missy Elliott). Which is too bad bc he was an excellent producer. I never liked JT bc of his obvious mistreatment of Britney so he can keep hiding out. I’m glad SM keeps calling out these misogynistic a-holes and I hope Britney does an interview as soon as she’s ready so they can cry some more or as they said “cry me a river”

    • TIFFANY says:

      Missy was and still is the true talent in during their collaboration.

      Timb alone was meddling at best and rode the coattails of a more talented and famous woman.

      No wonder he and Timberdouche get along so well.

    • Elon's Sink says:

      Yep. He even said that he was in love with Aaliyah when he first met her and became obsessed (she was 16, he was 23). He also said that he wanted to “take her away”. No wonder he’s no longer relevant.

  16. Stephanie says:

    What an ass. I’m assuming he wanted to go viral bc the last time he was relevant was when he was working with JT.

  17. Dani says:

    Apparently Missy Eliot quietly handed him his ass for that bullshit. This is the second time this year he’s come off as a complete creep. Put a muzzle on your damn self.

  18. Northernlala says:

    I read her memoir and it really affected me. I actually cried while reading about her trying to see her kids and not being able to …the way she was treated by everyone in her life, by the whole world! And to have this asshat say what he said and then offer a pathetic non-apology?!
    I wasn’t expecting her book to affect me like it did. I just want her to have people in her life who let her be her.
    God what an asshole!!!!

    • Becks1 says:

      I’m just at the part where the conservatorship is starting and its a much harder read than I had expected, knowing what’s happening. It seems so crazy that it could happen in the 21st century but it did, and she’s not the only one, just the most famous.

      • ama1977 says:

        I finished it last week, and the rage and anger I felt for her “father” at reading about how he treated her, and her “mother” for standing by and letting it happen…my god. Everyone in her life failed her, used her, and abused her. Every single person.

        She is so strong, to still be standing after what was done to her. I have so much empathy and admiration for her, and I am glad that she got to tell her story. I hope that she finds peace and happiness. And this turd and all of the others can f^ck off and shut up.

  19. Milliebean says:


  20. Ameerah M says:

    Timbaland is a well known misogynist with his own problematic past. He once publicly declared how in love with Aaliyah he was – when she was a teenager. He’s gross. So it makes perfect sense that he would defend JT. The only person in this situation that needs to be “muzzled” is Timbaland.

  21. Lydmi says:

    Quel crétin.
    Honte à lui.

  22. NotSoSocialB says:

    Someone ought to muzzle this a-hole.

  23. Erika says:

    Misogynists sticking together! Shame on him and everyone who laughed with him. Trashy. Clearly everyone is threatened that Britney is finally sharing her story. Team Britney forever and always.

  24. phlyfiremama says:

    What a gross, misogynistic, hateful comment. You put muzzles on DOGS. This asshole just lost a LOT of fans, hence the damage control fake ass apology

  25. Delphine says:

    Total misogyny. I took it as him calling her a bitch and getting her to shut up because you only muzzle a dog and a female dog is a bitch. It also seems like he’s suggesting Justin sue her for libel and a retraction because how else could he muzzle her? Which I doubt he has the grounds to do anyway. What’s he gonna do? Measure his penis for the jury?

  26. DARK says:

    His comments are based on both vile misogony and jealousy. Timbaland wanted to work with Britney back in the day but she chose to work with his protegé Danja instead for the blackout album . Bitter and pathetic is what he is.

  27. Kateee says:

    I had no idea that JT allegedly DID threaten to sue Britney for publishing details about him (per Jezebel). That dude just looks worse and worse.

  28. theotherviv says:

    I was a Timbaland fan and this is now in the past. Sometimes I wish I knew nothing about the people whose music I listen to, because it ruins everything.

  29. Jasmine says:

    I haven’t read the book YET but from the excerpts, I’m not mad a Justin and it doesn’t really sound like Brit is either. They were young and things happen. As far as the abortion, I was really hoping that would go differently in the public conversation. Women AND men have rights, legally and morally when bringing a child into the world. I don’t know an 18 yr old girl who WASNT cheated on by her same age bf. I was hoping he’d apologize and address the abortion. As a man. A man speaking to young men, and women. They both have the family they’re meant to have. I’m proud of her courage and so deeply disappointed and unsurprised at Timberland. We need more emotionally intelligent black men being heard. Not that fool🤦🏽‍♀️ so gross

  30. bisynaptic says:

    The way I are is… gross.