“I’d like to take this opportunity …” Justin Timberlake has thrown major shade at Britney Spears prior to singing their break-up anthem at a concert.
Justin Timberlake seemingly took a shot at his ex-girlfriend Britney Spears during his “One Night Only” birthday concert at Irving Plaza in New York City on Wednesday.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to apologise to absolutely f**king nobody,” the *NSYNC alum told the audience before singing his 2002 hit Cry Me a River, which was inspired by the pop star allegedly cheating on him during their relationship.
Several people flocked to social media to criticise Timberlake, 43, for shading the singer, 42, just two days after she publicly praised his new single, Selfish.
“What a prick!” one user commented on a clip of the Mirrors crooner’s pseudo apology.
“Nooooo he did not traaaassssh,” another wrote, while one viewer commented with several vomiting emojis.
Others jumped to Timberlake’s defence, with one even telling the former boy band member, “You don’t have to Justin. She is the bad person and her fans are horrible people!”
Spears seemingly hit back at Timberlake on how now-private Instagram account, uploading a cryptic photo of a basketball hoop.
“Someone told me someone was talking shit about me on the streets !!!,” Spears wrote in the caption. “Do you want to bring it to the court or will you go home crying to your mama like you did last time ???”
Timberlake came under fire in October after Spears revealed in her memoir, The Woman in Me, she had an abortion while they were dating because he “wasn’t happy” about the pregnancy and “didn’t want to be a father.”
The Princess of Pop issued a mea culpa Monday to anyone she “offended” with her bombshell-filled book, writing in a since-deleted Instagram post, “I am deeply sorry.”
She then extended an olive branch to Timberlake specifically, adding, “I also wanted to say I am in love with Justin Timberlake’s new song Selfish.
“It is soo good and how come every time I see Justin and Jimmy [Fallon] together I laugh so hard ???”
Spears even complimented another one of her ex’s new songs, writing, “Ps Sanctified is wow too.”
The Crossroads star unexpectedly showered Timberlake with compliments after her fan base went on a streaming and buying frenzy with her 2011 song Selfish to thwart Timberlake’s new single of the same name from topping the charts.
Her tune entered the Top 40 of the US iTunes chart last Thursday and hit No. 1 by Friday as his track fell from the top spot to No. 3.
The music superstars started dating in 1999 and broke up in 2002.
At the time, Timberlake implied Spears had cheated on him, which she neither confirmed nor denied.