March 2002: Britney and Justin Break Up
In 2002, the couple abruptly split, and, pretty quickly, Justin snagged the role of victim, going on interview circuits and talking about being cheated on while also slut-shaming Britney. Some of these clips made it into the Framing Britney Spears documentary.
"He has gone on television and pretty much said you broke his heart," Diane Sawyer said in one interview clip. "You did something that caused him so much pain, so much suffering — what did you do?"
Justin also bragged about sleeping with Britney in several different interviews — occasionally alluding to graphic details — and, during one Barbara Walters interview, outright laughed when Walters asked if Britney had kept her promise to wait until marriage to have sex.
"The way that people treated her, to be very high school about it, was like she was the school slut and he was the quarterback," New York Times critic at large Wesley Morris says in the documentary.