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Ginuwine Speaks Out on Justin Timberlake Story From Britney Spears Memoir

Ginuwine Speaks Out on Justin Timberlake Story From Britney Spears Memoir

Ginuwine has become a source of gossip, thanks to a story in Britney Spears’ new memoir.

Spears debuted her first memoir, The Woman In Me, this past October. In it, she wrote about a cringeworthy experience between the Pony singer and Justin Timberlake, who was her boyfriend at the time.

“His band *NSYNC was what people back then called ‘so pimp.’ They were white boys but they loved hip-hop,” she wrote. “To me, that’s what separated them from The Backstreet Boys — who seemed very consciously to position themselves as a white group. *NSYNC hung out with Black artists.”  

“One day, J and I were in New York, going to parts of town I had never been to before. Walking our way was a guy with a huge, blinged-out medallion — he was flanked by two giant security guards,” she continued. “J got all excited and said so loud, ‘oh yeah, fo’ shiz, fo’ shiz. Ginuwine, what’s up my homie?’”

Britney Spears remembered turning red as Ginuwine seemed visibly annoyed. Her personal assistant, Felicia Culotta, made the tension worse by giving a mocking impersonation of Timberlake’s greeting. But Spears claimed that Timberlake wasn’t “embarrassed” at all.

While the story has put both Ginuwine and Timberlake in the limelight, Ginuwine isn’t so sure it ever happened.

Ginuwine Has No Recollection of Britney Spears’ Memory

A journalist with Billboard spoke with Ginuwine after his elimination from The Masked Singer this week, and they asked about Britney Spears’ story. Ginuwine admitted that he doesn’t remember the interaction.

“Nah, I don’t remember that,” he laughed. “I would have probably looked at him very weird if he did that like she said. I just don’t remember that, but I remember him [Timberlake] being a cool dude and me kicking it down there in Florida with [*NSYNC’s] producer at one time.”

While talking to PEOPLE that same night, Ginuwine hinted that the situation may not have played out exactly as Britney Spears recalled.

“If he did that, that would be something that I would remember,” he shared. “That would’ve definitely stuck out. So nah, I don’t remember that happening.”