Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears are not collaborating on an upcoming song, nor did music producer Timbaland confirm that, despite a slew of inaccurate reports. Gossip Cop can correct this claim. We're told there's no upcoming collaboration between Spears and Timberlake.
Us Weekly, for example, wrote that Timberlake's record producer, Timbaland, seemingly "confirmed longstanding rumors that exes Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake collaborated on a new song together." As noted by that tabloid, the rumor was started by a podcast called "Pop University." Its hosts, Maddie Lazer and Hannah Rowston, said on their show that they attended last Thursday's taping of "Boy Band," and at one point during a commercial break they yelled over to Timbaland about "Justney," the nickname used by fans of the former couple.
The podcast hosts acknowledged that Timbaland thought they were just asking about "Justin," and responded, "It's coming! New music... 2018." Realizing he didn't hear them correctly, they shouted, "No, no. Justney, Justney!" According to Rowston and Lazer, Timbaland's "eye widened." Still, they reiterated, "Justin and Britney and you," to which they claimed he replied, "Yes, it's coming. It's coming."
Gossip Cop, however, is told by a Timberlake insider that there's no collaboration currently between him and Spears. Our impeccable source assures us it's simply untrue.
Of course, fans have hoped for a decade and a half that the exes would reunite, at least musically. Last year, Gossip Cop shot down a report by In Touch that falsely maintained Timberlake was joining Spears for "a series of concerts" in Las Vegas during her residency at Planet Hollywood. Gossip Cop was assured by a Spears source that the claim about Timberlake "getting back together" onstage with the pop princess during her "Piece Of Me" shows was "erroneous."
Also last year, we busted Perez Hilton when he wrongly asserted that Spears was sampling Timberlake's "Cry Me A River" on her song "Make Me (Oooh)." At the time, Spears's manager told us it was not true. Maybe one day Timberlake and Spears will collaborate, but it's not now and Timbaland did not confirm that, despite a number of inaccurate articles.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.