21 Photos From 2003 That Define the Early '00s

Did you know that Britney Spears and Colin Farrell had a brief fling in 2003? The photographic evidence of their alleged fling should be put in a time capsule, along with velour sweatsuits, fedoras, and DVDs of The Simple Life. It truly was a different world — a place where no one had heard the name Kim Kardashian or knew what a selfie was. Check out the following pictures from 2003 that perfectly sum up the year.

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The hat. The vest. The diamond earring. All trademarks of Timberlake’s early ’00s style.

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Nick Lachey hangs out with the Simpson sisters. Jessica Simpson and Lachey would divorce in 2005.

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Nicole Richie doesn’t look like that anymore. Paris Hilton might, though.

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Aww! Lindsay Lohan hangs out with her Freaky Friday co-star Jamie Lee Curtis on the red carpet.

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Remember how Hilary Duff and Aaron Carter dated as teens? And how Aaron Carter still can’t let it go?

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Here’s a photo of one of the good years of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston marriage. They would divorce in 2005.

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This photo of Oprah interviewing a happy Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver proves how much time — and, you know, cheating scandals — changes things.

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were the It Couple of 2003, but Affleck looks horrified.

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Remember when Gwen Stefani preferred wearing a lot of straps to wearing a lot of clothing? Yeah.

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Tara Reid coordinating outfits with Paris Hilton basically sums up all of 2003.

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Before he was the subject of several Taylor Swift tunes, Jake Gyllenhaal was hot and heavy with early ’00s starlet Kirsten Dunst.

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Chad Michael Murray rose to fame as Lucas Scott on One Tree Hill, which just so happened to premiere in 2003.

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Remember when Pink looked like this? The now-blonde singer snuggled up to her then-boyfriend Carey Hart in 2003. Two years later the “So What” singer would propose to Hart.

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Never forget the tumultuous relationship between Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee.

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Angelina Jolie made headlines for kissing her brother on the red carpet in 2000. Here’s the pair looking alarmingly similar in 2003.

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Reese Witherspoon and then-husband Ryan Phillippe looked cozy on the red carpet for Witherspoon’s Legally Blonde sequel. They divorced in 2007.

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Fox drama The O.C. premiered in 2003 and made Ben McKenzie, Rachel Bilson, Mischa Barton, and Adam Brody insta-famous.

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Beyonce and Jay Z perform together at the VMAs. Not that unusual, but it WAS five whole years before they were an official “power couple.”

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Never forget the 2003 VMAs, where Madonna made out with both Britney Spears AND Christina Aguilera.