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Old Photos of Britney Spears & Justin Timberlake Are Pop Music Artifacts — PHOTOS

Even though Justin Timberlake is happily settled down with Jessica Biel, and even though Britney Spears has had a slew of crappy exes (she's doing fine now! She's — ahem — stronger than yesterday) it's okay to sometimes get nostalgic for the adorable days of yore: the days that they were together. Admit it, they were one of the cutest celebrity couples ever, in part because they were super young. Don't you sometimes look back at your high school relationships and go, "awww, so cute, but THANK GOD that is no more!"

In celebration of the '00s — with zero hate toward Brit and JT — let's look back at some of their old photos, just for the sake of #memories. And let's face it: You're a secret 2000s-era pop culture historian at heart, and these pics are ARTIFACTS.

Playin' Sports

Their athletic abilities couldn’t keep them together.

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Leaning On Each Other

Aww. And Britney’s hat is so telling that this was so long ago.

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Laughing Together

Same hat, different pose. Let’s talk about JT’s hair now, shall we?

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Did you Know...

This outfit came with boots?

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All Dressed Up

Diggin’ the off-the-shoulders look, Brit.

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Dining

Unfortunately, this is a time capsule.

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Forced Smiles

Aww, chin up, Justin.

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So Good Lookin'

Miss you guys!

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Hitting The Red Carpet

Two dynamo pop music forces, one photo.

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So Much Hair Dye

So much upkeep.

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Watching The Game

Apparently, a love of watching sports can’t keep people together, either.

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Ok, Things Long Awkward Here

Look, it’s important to remember everything when you’re looking back at the pop music equivalent of a high school yearbook.

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More Fun Times At The Game...

…With Chris Kirkpatrick. What, did you forget about him and his pineapple hair?

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In Fall Attire!

Oh, they looked so happy as they took photos for an event for Brit’s album, Britney.

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Those outfits

Wow.

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Look How Young They Look!

It’s OK to feel old. Moisturizing helps the aging process, looking back at photos from pop music’s history does not.

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Really, Look Again. They're Young.

And JT doesn’t look too happy about his haircut.

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CLASSIC.

Katy Perry and Riff Raff took a cue from these two at the 2014 VMAs.

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