When Justin Timberlake's "Pep Talk" Helped Britney Spears Perform With A Tiger

Britney Spears shared pictures from the 2001 VMAs where she is seen seated with Mick Jagger

When Justin Timberlake's 'Pep Talk' Helped Britney Spears Perform With A Tiger

A throwback of Britney Spears' performance. (Image courtesy: Getty)


  • Britney Spears shared a throwback from 20 years ago
  • Britney Spears recently took a break from social media
  • She had announced her engagement a few days ago
New Delhi:

Popstar Britney Spears has won the throwback game on Instagram. We say this because the singer has treated us to some glimpses of the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards in her latest post on Instagram. The pictures feature herself on the red carpet and seated with singer-actor Mick Jagger for an interview ahead of her performance. That's not all. She also gave us some behind-the-scenes trivia of her iconic performance at the award show and the part her then-boyfriend, actor Justin Timberlake played in it. Those who remember the I'm A Slave 4 U performance from two decades ago, would define Britney Spears as the epitome of confidence and panache on stage.

This, however, was far from the truth and it was Justin Timberlake who gave Britney Spears a pep talk to calm her down, she said in the caption.

In the caption,  Britney Spears wrote, “Geez…This is me before my VMAs performance with Mick Jagger 20 years ago.” Referring to her little black dress, she said, “This is one of my favourite dresses I have ever worn and it is simple black lace.”

Britney Spears spoke about her performance on stage, which had her with a tiger in a cage and a Burmese python draped around her shoulders. She said, “I will tell you this; before I went on that night I was feeling kinda out of the body with nerves. I mean... I was in a cage with a live tiger. I will never forget the moment before I went into the cage.”

Acknowledging Justin Timberlake's support, Britney Spears added, “Justin saw I could hardly talk so he held my hand and gave me a 5-minute pep talk which obviously worked.”

Fans flocked to the comments section to praise the actress for her “legendary” performance. The casual mention of ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake and his encouragement also sent fans into a tizzy.

One user said, “No, she did not say that.” “Love it when Britney Spears talks randomly about Justin Timberlake,” said another fan.

Read the complete note here.

Nearly a week ago, Britney Spears had taken a break from Instagram. She announced on Twitter that she was keeping away from social media platforms to enjoy her recent engagement to her long-time boyfriend Sam Asghari. "Don't worry folks...Just taking a little break from social media to celebrate my engagement. I will be back soon." she had written.

Britney Spears had announced her engagement on Instagram with a video of herself admiring her ring with Sam Asghari by her side. She is seen displaying the ring to the camera when she is asked by Sam Asghari if she liked it. Pat comes the reply, “Yes” from a visibly thrilled Britney. We have the clip waiting for you here.

Britney Spears has been previously married to Jason Alexander and Kevin Federline.  Kevin and Britney, who divorced in 2007, have two children together.