To celebrate the wonderful holiday that is Throwback Thursday, Billboard shared an Britney Spears interview with Oprah Winfrey from 2002. In the video, a 20-year-old Spears and the Oprah host chat about the snake-tastic MTV VMA performance of “I’m A Slave 4 U”, her love of sit-ups, and then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake. Awwwww.
It’s been over a decade since Timberlake and Spears were the royal couple of the Pop Music Kingdom, and a lot has changed since then (that isn't a bad thing! A bunch of the changes have been good! Everyone is happy! ...Says the woman who doesn't know Timberlake or Spears personally): Timberlake married actress Jessica Biel, and the couple is rumored to be expecting their first child; Spears is the mother of two and currently kicking it with Charlie Ebersol. One rules Myspace, and the other rules Las Vegas.
One thing that hasn't changed: Both continue to make terrific pop music.
After I watched that Oprah clip, I was feeling pretty dang nostalgic (I mean, hi. I am a Millennial. We love us some nostalgia). I promptly revisited every early '00s Spears interview I could get my grubby mitts on. The one interview topic that pulled at my heartstrings every time: Britney and Justin's relationship. Something about their young love just punches me right in the gut!
Let's dig in, shall we?
Pinky & Stinky
From Oprah (2002): “I have a ring that he gave me that I wear on my pinky so he ended up calling me Pinky one day, and then I started calling him Stinky for some reason. So those are our nicknames.”
I can’t be the only person who hopes the “some reason” has something to do with farts.
From Oprah (2002): “Definitely in the future, I would love to be with him forever.”
AUGH MY HEART.
From Oprah (2002): “One day I woke up and he was like, ‘Baby, we’re in engaged. Did you know that?’ and I was like, ‘No!’”
Man, I totally get this. Here’s a totally equivalent example: When I was in high school, a classmate congratulated me because they’d heard I got a 5 on the AP World History exam. (I did not get a 5 on the APWH exam.) I was like, “I wish. Where’d you hear that?” The classmate couldn’t remember. Rumors are annoying.
From MTV’s Diary of Britney Spears (2001): “When I see Justin’s grandparents and stuff like that, they’ve been together for freakin’ 80 years, or however many years. That’s so rare these days. I’m gonna have that. I know I’m gonna have that.”
AUGH MY HEART, PART DEUX.
No Such Thing As "Too Much"
From The Observer (2001): “When people get too personal, it bothers me. But I’m not ashamed at all to say that I love him from the bottom of my heart. As far as love is concerned, with him, too much is not enough. He’s everything.”
I don’t know why I thought I could handle revisiting these quotes. The bittersweetness… levels… are… too… high.
Someone Has A Case of the Butterflies...
From The Observer (2001): “Like, it’s so weird; we’ve been going out for two years and I still feel the same. Oh! I don’t want to say this! I’m so embarrassed! But, like, I still want to look cute, and I get nervous … With him, it’s still the same as I felt two years ago. But it is a deeper love now than when I was younger. Like, we’ve gone through so much together and we’ve known each other since we were 12 years old. We know each other inside and out.”
What a smitten kitten.
The Story of When JT Asked Out Britney
From Rich & Famous (2001): “He definitely asked me out. We were doing a radio show, and this was before ‘…Baby One More Time’ came out … He knocks on the door and is like, ‘Can I see Britney?’ And Felicia didn’t know who he was and she was like, ‘No. Who are you?’ And I was like, ‘No! It’s Justin!’”
I heart Assistant Felicia.