Justin Timberlake battling the flu and facing criticism from Britney Spears’ fans, is not holding back on promoting his latest music.
The Grammy-winning artist took to Instagram on Saturday to share an acoustic version of his new song, “Selfish”, even though he was still recovering from the flu.
In the caption accompanying his video, Timberlake wrote, “Still getting over the flu which makes it silly to sing so excuse the raspy voice but messing around with an acoustic version of SELFISH.”
In the video, the 43-year-old former *NSYNC member is seen donned in a cream-colored cardigan, strumming an acoustic guitar in what seems to be a music studio.
The 43-year-old artist launched his new song on January 25th. Following the release, he showcased it on “Saturday Night Live,” performed it at a concert in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, and on late-night TV with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots. He also held a free concert for his fans at Irving Plaza in New York City.
While Timberlake’s fans have been raving praising his new music, the reaction from Britney Spears’ fans has been less favorable.
Fans of the singer known for her hit “Toxic” streamed her 2011 song, which shares the same title as Timberlake’s single, in an attempt to impact his sales negatively.
This action appears to be a response to Spears’ recent revelation in her bestselling book, “Woman in Me,” where she claimed that her former boyfriend had pressured her to terminate a pregnancy during their relationship in the early 2000s.
After her fans’ successful streaming campaign, 42-year-old Spears took to Instagram to express her apologies to Timberlake for unveiling their past in her memoir published in October 2023. She also expressed admiration for his new song.
However, the singer of “SexyBack” seemed unfazed. During his concert in New York City on Wednesday, he made a pointed remark.
In front of his audience, Timberlake declared, “I’d like to take this opportunity to apologize to absolutely f–king nobody,” before singing his 2002 hit “Cry Me a River,” a song inspired by his past relationship where he was cheated on.
After Timberlake’s onstage comment, Spears responded on Instagram the following Thursday, stating that saying she’s no longer sorry.
Timberlake, on the other hand, has not reacted to this and continues to actively promote his music.
The two-time father, who has two sons, Silas (8) and Phineas (3), with his wife Jessica Biel, is gearing up for the release of his new album, “Everything I Thought It Was,” scheduled for March 15.