Britney Spears shares Justin Timberlakes encouraging gesture before 2001 MTV Video Music Awards

Ellen James|September 24, 2021
Britney Spears shares Justin Timberlake's encouraging gesture before 2001 MTV Video Music Awards

Britney Spears is looking reminiscing 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.

The 29-year-old pop star turned to her Instagram on Thursday and shared a series of throwback photos from the ceremony.

Spears also shared her feelings ahead of the award shows, revealing boyfriend Justin Timberlake at that time gave her a pep talk to calm her nerves.

"I will tell you this ... before I went on that night I was feeling kinda out of body with nerves," recalled Spears, who performed her hit "I'm a Slave 4 U" with a live animals — including an albino Burmese python — on stage.

She continued, "... I mean ... I was in a cage with a live lion !!!!!" she wrote. "Justin saw I could hardly talk so he held my hand and gave me a 5 minute pep talk which obviously worked !!!!!"

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