We can skip theÂ CelebrityÂ era, as that certainly was a musical travesty. The boys split in 2002,Â and I didn’t know what to do with myself. I was a heartbroken and awkward middle schooler, but later that year I learned that Justin was going solo and nearly fainted. The fact that he called out Britney and sang sweet nothings in my ear made me a happy girl. A year later he was involved with Cameron Diaz.
At that point, I had gotten over being a boy band crazy kid and moved onto other things like having a life. I still listened to JT and old *NSYNC albums, but I didn’t really pay much attention until 2006 when he releasedÂ FutureSex/LoveSounds. Justin brought sexy back, and we all noticed. In fact,Â Sexy BackÂ was my cheerleading squad’s theme song that year. I also noticed that he was rarely spotted with Cameron Diaz, and I knew the engagement rumors weren’t true. A few months later, they announced their split. He was free once again!
Naturally, JT wasn’t on the market for long, and I guess I missed my window of opportunity because he quickly moved onto Jessica Biel. I absolutely love her, so I was okay with it. I was even really upset when they broke up for a while. But to be honest with you, a part of me was legitimately crushed when I heard about their engagement. I mean, I want Justin to be happy. He was after all, the biggest crush in my life for a while. I just always hoped that maybe I would run into him one day and sweep him off his feet. I suppose if I have to lose him to someone, it’s better to Jessica Biel than anyone else.
This essay was submitted by Crushable reader Caitlin Corsetti. You can follow her on Twitter @CaitlinCorsetti.
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