"I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to absolutely f---ing nobody," Timberlake said before singing 'Cry Me a River' live on Wednesday
After a concertgoer confirmed to PEOPLE that Timberlake, 43, told the crowd at his Wednesday concert in New York City that, “I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to absolutely f---ing nobody” before singing "Cry Me a River," Spears, 42, appeared to respond on Instagram.
"Someone told me someone was talking s--- about me on the streets !!! [sic]," the "Everytime" singer wrote in a post on Instagram Thursday. "Do you want to bring it to the court or will you go home crying to your mom like you did last time ??? I’m not sorry !!!"
Spears reflected on her past relationship with Timberlake in her 2023 memoir The Woman In Me, writing that she underwent an abortion with his child, and that he broke up with her via a text message, cheated on her and publicly embarrassed her with the 2002 song and video for "Cry Me a River," which is rumored to be about her cheating on him (something she admitted to in the book).
Timberlake's declaration on Wednesday that he's apologizing to "absolutely f---ing nobody" before launching into "Cry Me a River" came about a month after he appeared to respond to what she wrote about the hit song.
"No disrespect," he told the crowd at the Fontainebleau in Las Vegas before launching into the song during a live performance in December.
His latest comment also comes days after Spears reflected on stories from her memoir in another Instagram post over the weekend, which has since been deleted.
"I wanna apologize for some of the things I wrote about in my book. If I offended any of the people I genuinely care about I am deeply sorry…" the singer wrote in a post that featured Timberlake singing a medley of his hits with The Roots on a recent episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Timberlake appeared to subtly address his past in a recent interview with Zane Lowe promoting his upcoming album, Everything I Thought It Was, out March 15.
"I was able, on some of the songs, to look back at the past and have a real, not a refracted perspective of what it was because they always say ... you always hear that thing about, well, there's never any truth, there's just everybody's perspective of what happened," the "Selfish" singer said. "But to really look at it and be able to metabolize and verbalize my perspective on it, I don't think I've ever really done that before."
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