Much like some people still ship Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, there’s a certain subset of millennials who still go hard for Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. The two pop stars dated publicly in the late 90s and early 00s, breaking up in winter 2002. Of course, their split was at the center of tabloids, with some alleging there was cheating on Spears’s end. (Those claims were never founded.) Nearly twenty years later, there’s still a picture out there of the twosome as the prince and princess of pop—destined to be together in some alternate universe where all-denim outfits are the norm.
But this didn’t happen in the actual world. Timberlake has been married to Jessica Biel since 2012, and the two share a son together, Silas. Spears, meanwhile, is happily dating the very hot 26-year-old model-slash-personal trainer Sam Asghari.
Neither Timberlake nor Spears has said much publicly about each other, especially lately, which is why Spears’s latest Instagram post is worth mentioning. The Glory singer posted one of her now-infamous selfie dancing videos on Wednesday, April 15, and the caption and song choice captured the internet’s attention.
In the clip, below, watch Spears iconically flip her hair to—wait for it—Timberlake’s 2018 song “Filthy.”
And in her caption, she calls out her breakup with Timberlake directly. “I know we had one of the world’s biggest breakups 20 years ago …… but hey the man is a genius !!!! Great song JT ✨,” she wrote.
This isn’t the first time Britney Spears has grooved to Justin Timberlake’s music—she worked out to his hit “LovedStoned/I Think She Knows” in 2018—but her caption is the most transparent she’s been about their split in years. From the jokey tone, though, it appears there are no hard feelings.
In 2016, Spears mentioned in an interview that she’d be down to collaborate with Timberlake, something he then reciprocated that same year. “Sure, absolutely,” he told E! News. “I’m accessible. Give us a call!”
Will JT respond to Brit’s Instagram with a video of his own dancing to one of her songs? May I suggest “Gimme More?”