Rumors that Justin Timberlake cheated on her with ’90s girl band star Nicole Appleton have resurfaced after his ex Britney Spears claimed he was unfaithful to her with “another celebrity.”
Spears, now 41, who dated Timberlake, 42, from 1999 to 2002, made the shocking claims in the memoir, The Woman In Me, due out on October 24 – with the pop icon not naming the woman because “she have a family and she doesn’t want to embarrass them.”
Timberlake, who Spears revealed got pregnant and had an abortion in late 2000, was famously spotted with the All Saints star, now 48, on his way back to his London hotel after a night out in 2000.
The photos – now circulating on social media – showed Timberlake, then 19, and Appleton, then 25, hiding their faces in the back of a taxi as they tried to lose photographers.
The pair were also bullied as they walked down the street from The Mayfair Club to the St. Martins Lane hotel where Justin was staying. There is no evidence that Timberlake was unfaithful and it is unknown whether Appleton was the celebrity Spears was referring to.
Rumor Mill: Rumors that Justin Timberlake cheated on ’90s girl band star Nicole Appleton have resurfaced after his ex Britney Spears claimed he was unfaithful to her with ‘another celebrity’ (Timberlake seen on the left in 2004 and Appleton on the right in 2000)
Happier times: Timberlake and Spears are pictured in 2000 – the year she became pregnant by him and later had an abortion
The story, headlined “Nic and Husband Acting So Shy,” wrote that Timberlake was still “in a relationship with American teen seductress Britney Spears” at the time of the photos.
DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Timberlake and Appleton for comment.
At the time of the night out, Timberlake was a year into his romance with Spears and at the height of his fame with NSYNC, while Appleton was riding high on her success with All Saints – which scored a top 10 hit in the US in 1997 with Never Ever. .
Appleton and Timberlake never publicly commented on their night out.
In 2022, Spears’ former makeup artist Julianne Kaye told The Mirror that the singer was jealous of Timberlake’s night out with Nicole.
She claimed: ‘I knew they had some problems. She had her questions about who he was with because things would appear in the press. They were very famous. So he’d be out with a girl from All Saints and she’d get really jealous, you know what I mean?’
Appleton went on to marry Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, 51, and welcomed a son, Gene, 22, with him before their split in 2014 after it emerged he had fathered another child behind her back.
She married Stephen Haines in 2021 and they share daughter Skipper, three.
In her memoir, Britney also revealed that she had an abortion with Justin at the age of 19.
The star said she made the ‘painful’ decision to end the pregnancy after falling pregnant in late 2000.
She writes this in an excerpt obtained by People: ‘It was a surprise, but for me it was not a tragedy. I loved Justin so much. I always expected that one day we would start a family together. This would just be a lot sooner than I expected.
Iconic: Appleton’s band All Saints scored a top 10 hit in the US in 1997 with Never Ever (photo L-R Melanie Blatt, Nicole, Shaznay Lewis and Natalie Appleton in 1998)
What happened? The photos showed Timberlake, then 19, and Appleton, then 25, hiding their faces in the back of a taxi as they tried to lose photographers (Appleton photo 1998)
Bye bye bye! At the time of the night out, Timberlake was one year into his romance with Spears and at the height of his fame with NSYNC
“He said we weren’t ready to have a baby in our lives, that we were way too young. I’m sure people will hate me for this, but I agreed not to have the baby.
‘I don’t know if that was the right decision. If it had been up to me alone, I would never have done it. And yet Justin was so sure he didn’t want to be a father.’
The star claimed that while she wanted the baby and “dreamed of a family” with Timberlake, he “wasn’t ready” for the responsibilities of parenthood and felt the couple was too young.
The star said the abortion was “one of the most painful things I have ever experienced in my life.”
The book also claims that Spears reveals that she was raised “not to have an abortion” due to religious reasons and what she learned from her family, reports TMZ.
Back: Appleton went on to marry Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, 51, and welcomed a son, Gene, 22, with him before they split in 2014 after it emerged he had fathered another child behind her back (2001 photo)
Spears would later welcome sons Sean Preston, 18, and Jayden, 17, with Kevin Federline, while Timberlake shares sons Silas, eight, and Phineas, two, with wife Jessica Biel.
Justin and Britney dated as teenagers after meeting on The Mickey Mouse Club and were an iconic star duo, but abruptly split in 2002 and rumors soon emerged that she had cheated on him.
His career soared in the wake of the split, with albums and songs promoted under the narrative that Spears broke his heart.
He even used a Britney lookalike in the music video for his 2002 hit Cry Me A River, with the singer himself being vilified for their breakup.
In 2018, Timberlake said he was so emotional after his divorce from Spears that he got rid of his feelings by writing Cry Me a River in just two hours.
The former teen heartthrob’s hit song has long been rumored to be about the pop princess, following claims she cheated on him.
About: The singer, who made the claims in her upcoming memoir, also revealed that she had an abortion with Justin at age 19
The star wrote of the break-up ballad: ‘I am scorned. I’m ruined. The feelings I had were so strong that I had to write it.
‘I translated my feelings into a form in which people could listen and hopefully identify with them. People heard me and understood because we all went through it.”
Timberlake didn’t mention Spears by name in his book but made it clear he was a changed man, crediting wife Jessica and son Silas for his transformation, he wrote in Hindsight: and all the things I can’t see.
In 2021, Timberlake wrote in a public apology that he was “deeply sorry” and would “take responsibility” for admitting he had “let her down” after their relationship came under renewed scrutiny following the release of documentaries about Spears’ conservatorship.