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Justin Timberlake Is Still Defending His Infamous Denim Outfit From 2001

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By Adreon Patterson

Justin Timberlake defended his 2001 denim-on-denim look with Britney Spears from the American Music Awards.

For context, Spears and Timberlake were the reigning king and queen of teen pop when they showed up to the ceremony in coordinating denim and diamonds ensembles. Despite the flack both parties have received over the years, Timberlake said he does not regret wearing the matching look.

His defense came about as he stopped by his former bandmate Lance Bass' podcast The Daily Popcast for an episode that aired in March, and the duo discussed a number of topics including *NSYNC, their lives and present careers.

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"You could kind of rock that today," Timberlake said, even though Bass did not seem to agree.

He admitted that "denim on denim is kinda popular right now," but admitted that the look was not a good choice for the red carpet. "You do a lot of things when you're young and in love," Timberlake responded. "That's what you do."

Timberlake and Spears dated from 1999-2002, with their iconic matching outfit have become infamous. In the years since then, the outfits have inspired countless Halloween costumes, with Katy Perry replicating the look for the 2014 MTV VMAs while dating rapper Riff Raff.


Along with the denim outfit, Timberlake discussed his own boy band style with Bass. He even joking that "there's a ton" of hairstyles he would rather forget.

Fans of the boy bander-turned-solo superstar know he had several notable looks during his *NSYNC days including a bandana phase, which Timberlake admitted to the fact that he "couldn't figure out what the hell to do" with his hair. He credited the internet for making that style will live on in infamy.

He mused, "If we could have only been a decade earlier...where everything wasn't so documented."

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Timberlake's appearance on the podcast came after Bass invited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of *NSYNC's seminal album No Strings Attached. The album's legacy has endured by holding the biggest first-week sales with 2.4 million copies, maintaining the record for 15 years.

Timberlake and Bass's bandmates JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone have appeared in their own episodes. Throughout the years, the group has stayed close, even having an ongoing group text.

During his conversation with Bass, Timberlake floated around the idea of a group reunion on the podcast as he felt some of their previous words had been "distorted."

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"This isn't a click-bait conversation, this is two friends talking over a crazy experience that we had and I really appreciate it, man," Timberlake stated. "You've got to figure out a way to get all four of us in a room with you."

The reunion would be much appreciated as all five members have only come together publicly on two occasions - the 2013 VMAs as Timberlake received the Video Vanguard Award and in 2018 as the group received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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