Sexy is definitely back as Justin Timberlake returned to the stage on Saturday night in New Orleans to launch his new era of The 20/20 Experience. And while he performed some old tunes and new ones off his March 19 album at the DirecTV charity event, it's something he reportedly said during his set that had people buzzing long after it.
Before launching into "Cry Me A River," E! reports that the "Suit & Tie" singer told the room, "Sometimes in life, you think you found the one, but then one day you find out that she is just some bitch."
The comment seemed to refer to his ex-girlfriend Britney Spears, who is the long-rumored muse for the 2002 breakup track off his debut Justified. However, Timberlake took to Twitter on Sunday to clarify the alleged comment.
"Ok. I see you. Wouldn't disrespect ANYONE personally. Ever. #Relax #ItsBritneyBitch I do love that saying though*with accent*#Respect," he wrote, hours after the headlining gig, paying homage to Spears' latest hit single, "Scream & Shout." (That line is also featured on her 2007 track, "Gimme More.")
When he wasn't getting the rumor mill spinning, the tuxed-out singer got the room hyped for his new release by playing its lead single, "Suit & Tie" (which included a cameo from Jay-Z), and two other new tracks, "Little Pusher Love Girl" and "That Girl."
The February 3 performance is just the first of many for Timberlake. The singer will play the Grammy Awards on Sunday and then will buzz over to The Palladium to play a post-Grammys event "for fans only." He's also slated to play the Brit Awards on February 20 at London's O2 arena.
Timberlake also just shot the proper video for "Suit & Tie." He not only enlisted Hova to make an appearance in it, but it will be helmed by "The Social Network" director David Fincher.f
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