Nearly two months after Justin Timberlake apologized for his treatment of Britney Spears following their messy breakup in 2002, the “Toxic” singer shared a throwback photo from their days as a couple.
In celebration of her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, turning 30 this month, Britney shared a blast from the past on Instagram. “Happy belated birthday to this beautiful soul,” she wrote in the caption of the photo, which included her little sister and ex, on April 9. “I love you so much and damn it I wish I was as smart as you at 30!!!! It’s weird to say that I was basically your momma when you were younger and yes I’m still older but your soul is and always has been wise!!!!”
In the caption, Britney praised the Zoey 101 actor for her strength. “And not only are you a beautiful soul you’re so DAMN STRONG … I was extremely taken back and still am to this very day,” Britney continued. “We play wrestled at home (such classy Southern chicks) and you put me to the floor in literally two seconds after I gave all my might… I’ll never forget it !!! Maybe we should have a rematch…I mean things have changed since 6 years ago!!!!! PS I wish I was as strong as you and happy birthday!!!!”
This post comes two months after Justin Timberlake caught heat over his behavior towards the pop star, which was highlighted in the New York Times documentary, Framing Britney Spears. The “Cry Me a River” singer posted a lengthy apology to Britney, as well as Janet Jackson, on Instagram.
“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 wrote on February 12. “I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.”
He added, “I care deeply about the well-being of the people I love and have loved. I can do better and will do better.”
Though Britney has not publically responded to his statement, she recently shared her thoughts on the explosive documentary, admitting on Instagram that she “cried for two weeks” following its release.
“It takes a lot of strength to TRUST the universe with your real vulnerability cause I’ve always been so judged… insulted… and embarrassed by the media… and I still am till this day,” she wrote in the caption of a dancing video on March 30. “As the world keeps on turning and life goes on we still remain so fragile and sensitive as people!!! I didn’t watch the documentary but from what I did see of it I was embarrassed by the light they put me in…I cried for two weeks and well…I still cry sometimes!!!!”
She added, “I’m not here to be perfect….perfect is boring…I’m here to pass on kindness!!!!”