Chris Applebaum was working with Britney on the set of their Overprotected video when the pop star was brutally dumped by her boyfriend Justin via text message.
Music video director Chris Applebaum has claimed that Justin Timberlake abruptly dumped Britney Spears via text message.
The director was working with Britney, 40, to create the video for her single Overprotected and claims the star was dumped by Justin, 41, in the most callous way.
Chris and Britney filmed the remixed version of the Overprotected music video in March 2002 – when Britney’s high-profile romance with Justin fell apart.
Chris claims he encouraged Britney through the new agony of being dumped to create a music video that would leave Justin bubbling with regret.
Taking to Instagram on Friday and sharing a snap from the night Britney got dumped, the director recalled: “This was taken on day 2 of filming her ‘Overprotected’ video.
“It was a (planned) 24-hour shooting day and we had a crew clock past 12 and a new clock.
“Sometime during 2nd shift Brit disappeared and I went to her trailer to look for her…only to find out her boyfriend Justin had just broken up with her via text message.”
Chris then says, “Let me recommend to anyone reading this: don’t break up over text!”
He continued, “We sat on the floor of his trailer for a minute, talked about it, and then got together.
“I told her she should come out and show Justin that he made the biggest mistake of his life. That was just one of the stories from that shoot…”
Britney and Justin dated from early 1999 until the romance ended “abruptly” in 2002 – with allegations of infidelity emerging from the ashes of their romance soon after.
The allegation that Justin dumped Britney via text has sparked a backlash against the ex-*NSYNC singer.
Reacting to Chris’ post, one fan wrote, “WOOOW. She deserved so much better!”
Another typed, “She’s so strong, she deserves so much love.”
A third fan commented, “You were right, Justin made a huge mistake. But thank God she’s better off without him.
While another wrote: ‘How cruel to break up with her over text’ – with Chris himself reacting to the comment to add: ‘It makes no sense.
After her relationship with Justin ended, Britney married childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander in Las Vegas in January 2004, but the wedding was called off 55 hours later.
She started dating dancer Kevin Federline three months later, and they got engaged three months later – getting married in September of that year.
The couple welcomed sons Sean and Jayden together, now 16 and 15 respectively, but split in November 2006, sparking a bitter divorce and custody battle.
In 2008, Britney suffered a high-profile depression and was placed in conservatorship – with US courts granting her father control over her personal and financial affairs.
The conservatorship ended last year and the star has since become engaged to 28-year-old actor Sam Asghari and they are due to welcome their first child together later this year.
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