The two pop singers, who met while working together on US kids’ show The New Mickey Mouse Club, were romantically involved between 1999 and 2002. Famously, Timberlake’s emotional 2002 single ‘Cry Me A River’ was written about his break-up with Spears.
During a recent interview in which Spears spoke about her favourite musicians, she heaped praise on her former boyfriend, saying, “Justin Timberlake is very good,” after also complimenting Aerosmith and Gwen Stefani.
After being told by E! News that Spears had suggested she might be keen to collaborate with him, Timberlake replied: “She did? Sure! Absolutely, absolutely.”
“I have a 17 month old so I don’t get the headline news,” he added. “I apologise for not being in the know… [but] I’m accessible, give us a call!”
Though the two pop stars have never recorded an official duet together, Timberlake co-wrote, co-produced and sang backing vocals on ‘What It’s Like to Be Me’, a track from Spears’s 2001 album ‘Britney’.
Spears released her ninth studio album ‘Glory’ earlier this month (September) and saw it debut at Number Two in the UK and Number Three in the US. She’s due to play a rare UK gig on September 27 as part of this year’s Apple Music Festival.