Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Toxic Unraveling Of Britney Spears And Justin Timberlake- Cheating Or Not, It’s Upsetting

Justin Timberlake’s Instagram is currently getting flooded by fans of Britney Spears demanding that he apologize to the singer. Since the New York Times documentary framing Britney Spears was released on Hulu, fans, and critics are caught off guard. The controversial documentary ‘Framing Britney Spears‘, which also happens to be an eye-opener, shows Britney Spears’s rise to fame, toxic paparazzi intrusion, and the cloaked misogyny faced by the 90s superstar that is finally denuded before the world. Free Britney, for the ones who are unaware, is a movement fans started in the hopes of getting the 90s megastar out of the conservatorship that she had been silently living in with her father Jamie Spears, dating back to 2008 after her mental breakdown and before her comeback.

One of the biggest takeaways of this documentary is how Justin Timberlake retaliated to his breakup with Britney Spears, creating the cheating narrative as the response. Among the plethora of uncomfortable moments in the documentary on Britney Spears, the most toxic for the fans was the part that covers Britney’s relationship and breaks up with Justin Timberlake. The duo dated for three years before they broke up in 2002. Needless to say, the two made a power-couple of the sorts Addison Ray and Bryce Hall are today.

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What does the Documentary Reveal About Toxic Downfall of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake?

The documentary puts light on how the burden of post-breakup shame and backlash was absurdly mounted on the back of Spears, paving an easy escape for Timberlake. Justin Timberlake decided to respond to the breakup with his music video Cry Me A River featuring an uncanny look-alike of Britney Spears. The song lyrics built a narrative about Britney Spears cheating on Justin Timberlake, eventually gathering an ample amount of sympathy and fan-following for himself.

The documentary also showcases Justin bragging about his sexual indulgence with Britney Spears during multiple interviews, quite contrary to the conservative image of Britney that was painted before the breakup.

The documentary accuses Justin of weaponizing his breakup to accelerate his musical career. On a radio interview, Justin was asked if he slept with Britney Spears and he laughed before responding ‘okay I did it’. This is problematic because before the couple split apart, the media was obsessed over Britney’s virginity. On multiple occasions, Britney claimed that Justin was the only person she ever slept with.

Now that events have unfolded from the dimension that had been unknown till now, the world is asking Justin Timberlake to apologize to Britney and cheating his fans with the sexist narrative that fooled his followers. As one person tweeted ‘yes, 2021 is the year we publicly know that Justin Timberlake launched his career by slut-shaming Britney Spears’.

As per the recent progress of events, Timberlake apologized to Britney through his Instagram quoting, “I failed”.

One Wrong Partner Toppled Britney’s Entire Career- Let’s Talk About the Other Side of Celebrity Relationships

Even though Britney enjoyed fame and success like no other star during that era, love and relationships are an essential emotional crutch amid the glitz and glamor of Hollywood. Just like the world witnessed the two leading superstars of the 90s as the ideal couple, Britney too planned to embark on a lifelong journey by settling down with Justin. After the release of Cry Me A River, which was written a few hours after the breakup, the mystery only amplified for her who was already going through a difficult breakup.

As a measure of escape and finding a solace somewhere else, she soon married to her childhood friend Jason Alexander.

Britney’s family’s attorney Leon Gladstone tells that her break up with Justin kicked off a downward spiral that only got worse. Suddenly Britney started nudging her family away and got married again to Kevin Federline with whom she had two children Sean and Jaden. The couple got married in 2004 when Britney was just 22. There was an assumption back then the marriage was a means to make Justin jealous.

In 2006 she filed for divorce and was often seen partying with pals like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Drug abuse entered the picture and there was no going back from there.

Britney’s journey from suffering to drug abuse

Britney checked into the center of the crossroads rehab facility in 2007 only to check out a day later. This continued with the few more trips to rehab. Sam Lufti, a man who alleged to be her manager, says he was only doing what he could to protect the star who was suffering from serious addiction issues. Attorney Leon Gladstone says Sam admitted to crushing up medication and lying low in her food because it was the only way he could get her to take it. According to Sam and her former bodyguard Tony Barreto, Brittany was using illegal substances. A spokesperson for the Angeles Police Department confirmed Britney appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance. She was taken to the hospital.

With her dad in charge of her health and finances, things at least got better for Britney. She went back to working churning out hit albums and signing on for residency shows in Las Vegas.

She assured fans she’ll be back on stage at some point in time but it’s stable to say most of us are marvelling at what’s going on behind the controversies.

While the world goes gaga over the celebrity relationships, there is no doubt that once the union turns abusive, it take a toll on their careers and lives. And being the world that we live in, the burden of backlash is often bore by the woman.

Manika Sharma
Manika Sharma is pursuing a bachelor's in computer applications and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in English Literature for her love for writing. A skater and avid debater, Manika makes sure to nurture her adventurous side with occasional activities like rock climbing.

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