BRITNEY Spears shared a sweet memory of her legendary 2001 VMAs performance as she says her ex Justin Timberlake gave her a "pep talk" before she hit the stage.
The pop stars dated from 1999 to 2002 after first meeting as pre-teens on The Mickey Mouse Club.
Britney, now 39, reminisced on a sweet moment during her relationship with Justin, 40, in an Instagram post on Thursday.
The singer shared a series of photos of her iconic dress from the 2001 VMAs, which she called one of her "favorite" looks she's ever worn.
The mother of two remembered her performance that night with Mick Jagger, as she entered a cage with a "live tiger."
Britney explained that her nerves took over before the show began, and how Justin stepped in to comfort her.
"Geez ... this is me before my VMAs performance with @MickJagger 20 years ago !!!!" she began.
"This is one my my favorite dresses I've ever worn 👗 and it's simple black lace !!!!
"I will tell you this ... before I went on that night I was feeling kinda out of body with nerves ... I mean ... I was in a cage with a live tiger 🦁😳 !!!!!" the Toxic singer recalled.
"I will never forget the moment before I went in the cage !!!! Justin saw I could hardly talk so he held my hand and gave me a 5 minute pep talk which obviously worked 🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️🦁🦁🦁🌹🌹🌹 !!!!!
"Psssss guess I'm sleeping 💤 because my eyes are closed in half of these pics 😂😂😂 !!!!"
"I love it when Britney talks randomly about Justin 😂😍," one wrote happily.
"NO SHE DIDNT SAY THAT 😂😂😂❤️❤️," another replied in shock, while a third gushed: "What a wonderful story 💖 thanks for sharing it!"
Another became emotional, writing: "I love how she still mentions Justin and dances to his music ❤️🥺."
"You and Justin were real-life Ken and Barbie!" a final penned.
Britney and Justin met in the early '90s while filming The Mickey Mouse Club, and by 1999 both of their careers had catapulted into stardom.
That same year, the duo announced that they were dating, sending their fans into a frenzy.
During a 2001 interview with The Observer, Britney told the outlet: “With him, it’s still the same as I felt two years ago. But it is a deeper love now than when I was younger.
“Like, we’ve gone through so much together and we’ve known each other since we were 12 years old. We know each other inside and out.”
Their relationship reached iconic heights when they famously rocked matching denim outfits for the 2001 American Music Awards.
However, their romance was short-lived and after three years they called it quits in 2002.
Britney announced her engagement to her long-time boyfriend Sam Asghari earlier this month with a post on social media as she showed off her huge diamond ring.
The Crossroads star jokingly slammed her "a**hole" fiancé for his "way overdue" proposal but admitted it was "worth the wait."
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