JUSTIN Timberlake's apology has made little difference to Britney Spears, who has no interest in rekindling any kind of friendship with him, a source told The Sun.
And members of the superstar's team believe his public statement was in his own best interests rather than a "sincere gesture," the insider added.
Last week, Justin apologized to both Britney and Janet Jackson for his past actions, which he admitted "contributed to the problem" of misogyny.
It came after Justin, 40, was criticized for his nasty treatment of Britney, 39, in the aftermath of their 2002 breakup, which was brought to fans' attention in the new documentary Framing Britney Spears.
“Justin truly hurt Britney and continued to behave recklessly for years, so his sudden apology has made little to no difference in her world," a source close to her team said.
"Decades have passed and she has put that time in her life behind her.
“Britney always tries to come from a good place, and appreciated that Justin apologized but she has no interest in socializing or ever having a close friendship in the future.
“Keeping her distance from Justin isn’t a new decision. He showed his true colors many years ago and she’s never wanted to rekindle any type of real friendship since they broke up. It's too late.
“Her team feels like his very public apology was in his best interest rather than a sincere gesture toward Britney.
“He has had years to apologize to her about this behavior and he never attempted to get in touch with her and say 'I am sorry.' We made it through the Me Too movement and not a word. His timing is telling."
The source said no one in Britney's team was surprised by Justin's apology, as the new documentary had increased scrutiny on the singer's actions.
But the insider said Britney has still yet to watch the documentary, and her team try to keep her away from any "unnecessary" scrutiny or pain.
"For the most part Britney is indifferent to Justin, she wants to move forward and grow but the past keeps haunting her.
"Her team wants her to avoid any unnecessary public scrutiny and pain. They basically have put up walls to protect her from just this type of attention.
"Unfortunately, because of the documentary, the information seems to be seeping in through her social media and through the chatter online. But she still has no plans to watch it.
"Britney does google herself but her team tries to discourage that because they're concerned it opens unnecessary wounds."
Many fans believed Justin made Britney into the "villain" of their break-up, which soon led to her downward spiral including drug use accusations and hospitalizations.
One angry fan wrote: "Justin Timberlake took full advantage of the sh**ty misogyny and double standards of the early 00s for his own gain. Without Brit, there’s no him. He was absolutely nothing special. Still aint s**t. #FreeBritney"
Another wrote: "Wow, I'm really here for the Britney Spears documentary calling Justin Timberlake on his absolute bulls**t."
Justin, who dated Britney from 1998 to 2002, said: "I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefitted from a system that condones misogyny and racism," he wrote.
"I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed."
Justin added: "The industry is flawed. It sets men, especially white men, up for success. It's designed this way.
"As a man in a privileged position, I have to be vocal about this. Because of my ignorance, I didn't recognize it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life but I do not want to ever benefit from others being pulled down."
He went on to insist he wants to take "accountability" for his actions, and acknowledged the apology was just a "first step."
After the split in 2002, Justin told Rolling Stone he’d been cheated on three times in a recent relationship.
He continued to fuel the rumors during a 2003 interview with Barbara Walters, as the former NSYNC member revealed he promised Britney to never reveal the reason for their breakup.
Despite his promise, Justin seemingly confirmed the cheating rumors when he released the Cry Me a River video using a Britney lookalike.
The Sun reached out to a representative for Britney for comment.
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