Justin Timberlake Reveals He Wrote Iconic Britney Spears Breakup Song ‘Cry Me A River’ Two Hours After Split

In an excerpt from his new book, Justin Timberlake revealed some important new details surrounding his classic Britney Spears breakup anthem, 'Cry Me A River.'

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Yep, you read that right. Justin Timberlake, 37, revealed that he penned his classic smash, “Cry Me A River,” just two hours after he called it quits with his ex, Britney Spears, 36. It’s been long rumored that the former N’Sync member crafted the track in response to their breakup, but thanks to Justin new book, we’ve got concrete confirmation. “I’ve been scorned. I’ve been pissed off. The feelings I had were so strong I had to write it,” he writes of the breakup ballad in  Hindsight: And All The Things I Can’t See in Front of Me. “I translated my feelings into a form where people could listen and hopefully relate to it. People heard me and they understood it because we’ve all been there,” he also said of the track.

The iconic hit was released in 2002, just following the pair’s split. Britney and Justin  dated from 1998 to 2002 after meeting on set of The Mickey Mouse Club, but things got messy after rumors swirled the the Princess of Pop had cheated on JT. While Justin doesn’t mention Brit by name in the book, it WAS the only highly-publicized breakup surrounding the singer at the time, so it’s safe to say she gave Justin some inspo there.