"Cry Me a River" by Justin Timberlake

"Cry Me a River" by Justin Timberlake

  • Backstory: The heart of pop music was broken when Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake called it quits in 2002. Although the breakup was reportedly amicable, the rumor mill churned out stories about betrayal. "Cry Me a River," the second single from Timberlake's debut album, Justified, only intensified speculation. The gossip was Timberlake wrote it about Spears cheating on him with choreographer and frequent collaborator Wade Robson. Then came the music video. Complete with a cap-clad Spears look-alike driving the same Porsche we'd seen the couple drive before, the clip made it clear Timberlake wanted the world to know it was about Spears.
  • Evidence: Timberlake and producer Timbaland later discussed the inspiration for the song in an episode of E! True Hollywood Story about Timbaland. "He went to a concert and saw Britney, and Britney talked about him in the show and he was pissed," said Timbaland. As Timberlake recalls, "I was on a phone call that was not the most enjoyable phone call. I walked into the studio and [Timbaland] could tell I was visibly angry." Timbaland added: "'I was like, 'Man, don’t worry about it,' and he was like, 'I can’t believe she did that to me’ and he was like, 'You were my sun, you were my earth . . . '"
  • Verdict: There's no way "Cry Me a River" is about anyone else but Britney.
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