Did Justin Timberlake & Britney Spears Have The Greatest Love Of All?

It is not like we're obsessed with reliving our more youthful days and basking in the light of foregone relationships and forgotten moments, but hey, hindsight can be a wonderful teacher. And look, we're not crazy. We're most definitely not suggesting that the Justin Timberlake that exists today, in 2013, Tom Ford-ing about and wedded to Jessica Biel should, be with the Las Vegas-maven that is the current incarnation of Britney Spears. We aren't even saying that they would have lasted in ideal situations. All we are suggesting is that, at one time, during the early '00s, a man named Justin Timberlake really, truly loved a woman named Britney Spears, and some of us may not have realized (up until this very moment) that their bond was quite real.
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Sure, we love Justin and Jessica and there is no reason to believe that they don't care deeply for one another, but to quote the great Cat Stevens, the first cut is the deepest. The first love is the most profound. The first time you fall is the hardest. Etcetera. Etcetera. But, does the world even remember how in love the two of them were? Genuinely? In a way that rivals Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian, Channing and Jenna, even, dare we say it, Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp. (Yes. Yes we mean that.) We didn't think so. So, take a stroll down memory lane with us...and open your heart to the love that was — and will never be again.
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“I've been depressed before. But I never resort to drastic measures. The best thing I do is soak myself into Britney. She's kind of like my safe haven as far as all of his hoopla goes.” — Justin Timberlake, Cosmo, 2001
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“When people get too personal, it bothers me. But I'm not ashamed at all to say that I love him from the bottom of my heart. As far as love is concerned, with him, too much is not enough. He's everything.” — Britney, Rolling Stone, 2001
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"When we get together, that's just my girl, and I love her, and that's it. I don't think about what everybody's thinking about. She makes me happy. She's like salvation." — Justin Timberlake, Rolling Stone, 2001
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"J—you're the one I love—the one I live for—the one I can't live without—" The liner notes from Britney's album, Britney, 2001.

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“The way I loved Britney was like nothing ever, so the hardest thing was hearing all this.” — Justin Timberlake, Teen People, 2001-2001
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“I can't honestly say I've gotten used to it ‘cause the nights are crazy. I've cried myself to sleep looking at the ceiling, missing what we had.” — Justin Timberlake, Vibe, 2003.
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