Justin Timberlake has an impeccable reputation as a Hollywood Renaissance man, but some of that fame and fortune came at ex Britney Spears' expense.
The press tour
The most common narrative about Spears and Timberlake's breakup in 2002 is that her alleged romp with choreographer Wade Robson caused the split. Us Weekly's report (along with many others) painted Timberlake as a heartbroken victim. Some outlets, including Rolling Stone, said the affair was exposed when Timberlake found a note from Robson in Spears' dressing room before a performance on Saturday Night Live.
Timberlake addressed the rumors in a plethora of interviews while simultaneously promoting his new solo project. Though sometimes he acted like he didn't want to answer questions about their relationship, he continued to do so again, and again, and again.
For her part, Spears did not diss Timberlake in interviews, instead focusing on her own heartbreak. After months of silence, she told The Sun (via the Daily Mail), "I'm still hurting but I am trying to see it as an experience. The worst thing is everyone wants to talk to me about it."