Why did Britney and Justin actually break up?

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake have been dating for three years. Their breakup was a shock to many because it happened suddenly...

Apr 25, 2022 - 19:05
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Why did Britney and Justin actually break up?

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake have been dating for three years. Their breakup was a shock to many because it happened suddenly, and for years it has been speculated what exactly happened between them.

Exactly twenty years ago, the world music scene was shocked by the news that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake broke up. They were considered a favorite musical couple at the time, and they filled media columns during their three-year relationship.

Two decades after the breakup, music video director Chris Applebaum, who worked closely with Britney and Justin, decided to go public and reveal a long-kept secret related to the collapse of the former loving couple's love. Namely, he shared on Instagram the claim that Justin left Britney via text message. According to his story, Britney was shocked when she received the message, especially since Justin chose the worst way to leave her.

We were in the middle of filming a video for her song "Overprotected" which we were quite late with and we were all shooting at the seams. At one point Britney just disappeared. I went to look for her and when I opened the door of her trailer I found her sitting on the floor and all trembling. She was sobbing and barely managed to utter that Justin had just sent her a message to break up," recalled the music manager, to whom Britney did not reveal the exact content of the message, but by her behavior, he realized he was very ugly.

The singer did not reveal the reason for the breakup to Applebaum, and many at the time thought that the stories about her cheating were a fabrication. "I don't remember how long we stayed in the trailer. I ended up sitting on the floor too, and when she calmed down a bit, I told her that Justin would best show how wrong he was when he left her if she got even better at her job." stands in the post of manager Applebaum, who even today does not have nice words for the famous singer and actor.

Moreover, he is convinced that Justin's action was largely the trigger for Britney Spears' later private and business problems. Following this announcement, Justin was attacked by numerous Britney Spears fans, calling him all sorts of derogatory names. Some point out that the singer, even after breaking off the relationship with the blonde singer, whom he seduced in 2009, did not act like a real guy because he publicly revealed their intimate details.