Before we had Kate Middleton and Prince William and before we had Beyonce and Jay-Z, we had Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. Like the teenage royalty that they were, they ruled over us with their hit music and their public virginity pledges. “Noodle Head and School Girl,” we’d shout from the castle courtyard, “come out and grace us with your presence!” And they would, and we’d scream. And they’d scream. And our parents would hold their ears because screaming girls is second only to the music that blasted in Abercrombie & Fitch on the list of things that parents hate. Then they broke up and our worlds fell apart and we learned for the first time what it felt like to mourn a couple you never actually knew.
Out of their break-up came confessions that they’d sexed each other and songs that they’d written about each other and rumors that they’d get back together. But now, for the first time since they’ve broken up, we have confirmation that they do still think about each other. Or at the very least, that Justin still thinks about Britney — and that he wants her to think of him.
In a new song on 20/20: Part 2, I Like Myself So Much That I Refused To Cut Any Songs, he apparently included a secret message for Britney. Or about Britney. According to 92.3, “Not A Bad Thing” includes the secret message at 5:27…27 seconds after you think the song ends. While you’ll have to go to their site to see their research, I will say the message appears to be a response to Britney’s “Everytime.” Which, if true, would be amazing. Not because I still harbor hopes that they’ll get back together. But because I love secret messages, gardens, conspiracies, rooms — really anything that not everyone knows about. A married man having a secret crush on Britney Spears? That fits right into that category for me. So dear pop culture gods in the sky, please let this one be true.