Justin Timberlake found himself in the midst of a tumultuous love triangle involving his then-girlfriend Britney Spears and dancer/choreographer Wade Robson. The revelation came to light when the *NSYNC singer confronted Robson about his alleged affair with Spears while she was hosting “Saturday Night Live” at the famous 30 Rock studios in Manhattan. This incident occurred on February 2, 2002, and marked a turning point in Timberlake and Spears’ relationship.
Prior to the “SNL” episode, Timberlake stumbled upon a lengthy breakup note written by Spears to Robson. The letter exposed an ongoing affair between the pop princess and Robson that had spanned months. Desperate to confront Robson and get to the truth, Timberlake seized the opportunity to call him while Spears was in the middle of the show.
Observers on the “SNL” set noted that Timberlake did not join Spears on stage at the end of the show when she thanked him, indicating a strained relationship. After the episode concluded, the couple spent 40 minutes locked in Spears’ dressing room, presumably to address the betrayal. They later proceeded to the after-party they were hosting at Serafina.
Just a month after the incident, Spears and Timberlake’s three-year romance came to an end. Spears, in her memoir “The Woman in Me,” admitted to cheating on Timberlake with Robson, motivated by her discovery of his infidelity. However, she claimed their involvement only amounted to a kiss. Robson confessed that they made out in a Spanish bar after a night of dancing.
Singer-songwriter Annet Artani, who collaborated with Spears on the song “Everytime” in 2003, added fuel to the fire by revealing that Timberlake had found a 14-page break-up letter from Spears to Robson. This revelation strongly suggests that the affair was more significant than a mere kiss.
Interestingly, Timberlake returned to “SNL” with Spears in 2002 for a skit involving cast member Chris Kattan, who pretended to be the pop star. In a memorable moment, Spears called out Timberlake on stage to settle the confusion. Timberlake joked and introduced Spears as his girlfriend, playfully questioning whether it was her impersonating him.
Timberlake and Spears’ romantic involvement had started in their teenage years, as both were co-stars on the “Mickey Mouse Club.” They began dating in 1999 and ultimately ended their relationship in March 2002, with Timberlake delivering the heart-wrenching breakup message in a two-word text: “It’s over.”
Spears’ book also unveiled another shocking revelation—she had an abortion while with Timberlake after he expressed hesitancy about becoming a father at that time.
The alleged affair between Britney Spears and Wade Robson created an intense and transformative event in the relationship between Spears and Justin Timberlake. This event marked the beginning of the end for the celebrity couple, leading to their eventual breakup and the dissolution of their three-year romance.