That time Justin Timberlake actually did apologise.

As he performed in New York City this week, he told the crowd, “I’d like to take this opportunity to apologise to absolutely f**king nobody.”

He said this before singing the 2002 hit ‘Cry Me a River’, which made the person he was directing the jibe at blatantly obvious to onlookers. It was Spears. 

Interestingly though, there was a time only a few years back when Timberlake actually did apologise for something. And this was an apology he didn’t later take back. 

The circumstances surrounding the situation, however, certainly didn’t put him in high regard with fans.

It was late 2019. Things were going well for Timberlake. He’d recorded a few songs the year before, he was back into acting, and he and his wife Jessica Biel were very likely pregnant with their second son, who was born in the middle of 2020. 

Timberlake was filming a football drama movie called Palmer, starring alongside American actor Alisha Wainwright.

During a night out amid their filming schedule, Timberlake and his co-star Wainwright were spotted out for a drink, after midnight. Wainwright had her hand on Timberlake’s knee, and at other points, the pair were holding hands. 

Paparazzi lapped up the scene, as did curious patrons, the seemingly intimate connection between the co-stars soon going viral online.