Britney Spears‘ fiancé Sam Asghari just referenced her ex Justin Timberlake in his latest Instagram Story.

The fitness guru currently stars in the TV series Black Monday and is set to venture onto the big screen in the Mel Gibson movie, Hot Seat — and Asghari knows too well that dating Spears has helped open doors for him. So he thanked her in the cheekiest way.

Sharing a screenshot of an article about him thanking the singer for her help, Asghari captioned it with: “Bringing sexy back is cool and all but bringing (real) back in Hollywood is even sexier.”

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Britney Spears and boyfriend Sam Asghari got engaged in September after five years of dating. (Instagram)

The line “bringing sexy back” is, of course, a lyric that appears in Timberlake’s 2006 hit ‘Sexy Back’, featuring Timbaland.

Spears and Timberlake dated for four years from 1999 to 2002. 

Their breakup was messy amid allegations the ‘Baby One More Time’ singer cheated during their relationship. Timberlake then capitalised on their split by releasing the song ‘Cry Me A River’. 

Britney Spears' fiancé Sam Asghari shades her ex Justin Timberlake in Instagram Story.
Sam Asghari shades her ex Justin Timberlake in Instagram Story. (Instagram)

Timberlake went on to marry actress Jesica Biel and Spears was married to Kevin Federline from 2004 to 2007. She and Asghari started dating in 2016 after meeting on the set of her ‘Slumber Party’ music video. They got engaged in September. 

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Meanwhile, Timberlake, 40, also found his name in headlines this week when the New York Times documentary, Malfunction: the Dressing Down of Janet Jackson, revisited the scandalous 2004 moment when Timberlake tore off part of Jackson’s clothes at the end of their halftime performance of his song ‘Rock Your Body’. 

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake at the 28th Annual American Music Awards in 2001.
Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake at the 28th Annual American Music Awards in 2001. (Getty)

Eyebrows were raised when he sang his last line of the track — “I’m gonna have you naked by the end of this song” — before pulling back a piece of Jackson’s bra, exposing one of her breasts on live television.

“We love giving y’all something to talk about,” Timberlake later gloated to Access Hollywood post-show, despite copping backlash for his actions. “Hey, man. It’s every man’s dream.”

Janet Jackson,Justin Timberlake, perform, Super Bowl, nipple
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake perform at the Super Bowl in 2004. (Getty)

Earlier this year, Timberlake apologised for the incident after another NYT documentary, Framing Britney Spears, forced him to apologise to both Spears and Jackson for using their misfortunes to his advantage. 

“I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right,” he wrote on Instagram at the time. “I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.”

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However, the NYT documentary, Malfunction: the Dressing Down of Janet Jackson, has revived the outrage towards Timberlake. 

“The biggest [takeaway] I learned from the NYT docs about Britney and Janet. Justin Timberlake is the epitome of white male privilege in American society,”  one Twitter user wrote, while another said, “What did justin timberlake do to the new york times to make them target him like this? lmao i will never like anything else that man does after the britney and janet docs. he’s so awful in both!”

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