Britney Spears and Janet Jackson have more in common than just being successful singers and powerful dancers.
They've both been badly mistreated by Justin Timberlake.
Britney, 41, laid bare the details of how the musician, 42, allegedly cheated on her, urged her to have an abortion because he 'didn't want to be a father' and then soon after broke up with her via text message in her memoir The Woman in Me.
Janet, 57, saw her career derailed for decades after Timberlake tore her costume and exposed her breast on live TV during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.
'Both felt he had a lot to gain by tearing them both down,' a source told The Mirror.
The Toxic singer explained in her memoir how Justin seemingly capitalized on their breakup on his first solo album, most notably with the song, Cry Me a River.
While he was galavanting around Hollywood as America's Golden Boy, he painted her as a 'harlot' while she was home in Louisiana deeply grieving their breakup.
'Janet and Britney are still bonded by the backlash and Janet has reached out to offer her support and encouragement,' the source said.
The insider also claimed: 'Britney was appalled by the way Janet was treated during the Super Bowl and felt she was being attacked by the same PR machine that had denigrated her.'
'They had several private conversations around that time, which picked up again recently. They have a shared experience and Janet wanted Britney to know that she is here for her,' the source added.
Justin, his wife Jessica Biel, 41, and their two sons jetted off to Cabo San Lucas amid the backlash he's facing from the Circus hitmaker's wildly popular memoir.
He was also forced to shut down comments on his Instagram account.
The Bye Bye Bye singer previously issued a public apology for the role he played in hurting Janet and Britney.
After the release of the 2021 New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears, which detailed their breakup and Spears' eventual nervous breakdown, he expressed remorse for his past behavior.
'I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn or did not speak up for what was right,' he said.
'I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson, both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know that I failed.'
And its not just Janet and Britney supporting each other over their run ins with Timberlake.
Madonna, 65, has been a long time supporter of Britney and in the wake of the details about her relationship with Timberlake, the Holiday singer unfollowed Justin on Instagram.
Source : Daily Mail...yep they didn't degrade Britney for a change.
In one chapter of The Woman in Me, Spears writes about an encounter with Carey at an awards show more than 20 years ago
There were names mentioned in Britney Spears‘ bombshell memoir The Woman in Me that likely would have preferred to be left out of the narrative altogether. But Mariah Carey wasn’t too worried when she first heard that she had come up within its pages. She hadn’t read it herself, but Jimmy Kimmel did the honors of revealing the passage to her during her recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“At one award show, I knocked on Mariah Carey’s dressing room door, she opened it and out poured the most beautiful otherworldly light,” he read directly from the book. “You know how we all have ring lights now? Well, more than 20 years ago, only Mariah Carey knew about ring lights. And no, I can’t just say her first name. To me, she’s always going to be Mariah Carey.”
Carey embarked on a brief tangent about the history of the ring light but reeled it in to add: “By the way, that was super sweet what Britney said about me.” Before Kimmel had even started reading, he assured the singer that it wasn’t anything bad, to which she replied: “I love her, actually.”
Britney Spears is thankful to her fans for the success of her new memoir.
The Woman in Me was released on Oct. 24 and has sold 1.1 million copies through its first week on sale, according to Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. The number includes pre-orders, print books, ebooks and audiobooks formats.
“I poured my heart and soul into my memoir, and I am grateful to my fans and readers around the world for their unwavering support,” the “Oops!…I Did It Again” hitmaker, 41, said in a news release on Wednesday.
The book has been topping charts since its release on October 24, but it’s clips from Williams’s audiobook narration that keep going viral—capturing Justin Timberlake’s cringeworthy approach to Ginuwine, or Spears’s sister being a “total bitch.” The contrast of Spears’s conversational writing style and Williams’s carefully trained voice is funny in 15-second clips, but completely captivating in longer stretches. It’s Spears’s story, of course, but Williams is breathing a different kind of life into it, one survivor of the child-star industrial complex lending her voice to another.
Williams will have to wait a while, however. This year’s Grammy nominations will be announced on November 10, but the eligibility cut off was September 15, which means The Woman in Me will have to wait until next year for consideration.