Back in the summer of 1999, just months before her debut album dropped, a young up-and-coming pop singer named Amanda Leigh Moore went on tour with a pop group called *NSYNC. And on Thursday, she shared a very special #TBT from her days of opening for the "It's Gonna Be Me" quintet. And that very special #TBT is a photo of a young Mandy Moore standing next to a young Justin Timberlake. There is a fisherman’s hat, some chunky blonde highlights, and a long-sleeved shirt that was acquired from a store called Abercrombie & Fitch. It really is an outstanding #TBT. Moore wrote in the caption,
She does not look nervous to me (so composed and professional, that Moore), but I am happy to take her word for it. (Hey, I am not here to doubt Queen Mandy.) And who could blame her for feeling jittery? She was on tour with "Tearin' Up My Heart"-era *NSYNC. Sure, she would go on to release a bunch of hit jams, have an impressive film career, appear on a whole pile of TV shows, and win a ton of awards, but back in ’99, 15-year-old Moore was a pop newbie. And *NSYNC (and this tour) was a Very Big Deal.
As for Timberlake? I suppose he went on to have a fairly solid career, too. He sold a bajillion albums (give or take), acted in some award-winning movies, and became a minority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies. Oh, and he reunited *NSYNC at the 2013 VMAs. Nothing to sneeze at.
Anyway, here's the #TBT.
This pic is real. So, so real.