"I've learned that there's nothing a woman likes more than a confident man, not too cocky, just a very humble gentleman," he was quotes as saying, "No girl I know likes cocky."Even the mother-of-two had opened up about her personal life during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show last month.Sharing her piece of mind, Spears had said, "Actually, I'm not looking for men right now, I'm really happy with myself."Spears shares two sons - Sean Preston, 11, and Jayden James, 10 – from her previous marriage to backup dancer Kevin Federline.

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I will say writing a couple of songs on the record helped me deal with a couple of things. They can stem from things that completely happened to you personally or they can stem from ideas that you think could happen to you." In December 2011, Timberlake admitted that he had written "Cry Me a River" after an argument with Spears: "I was on a phone call that was not the most enjoyable phone call.

I walked into the studio and he [Timbaland] could tell I was visibly angry." "Cry Me a River" was recorded at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles by Senator Jimmy D, while Carlos "Storm" Martinez served as the assistant engineer.

Billboard magazine critics called "Cry Me a River" a bittersweet song, in which Timberlake's "familiar tenor belting" is tempered with a soulful falsetto and a "convincingly aggressive rock-spiked baritone" rasp. Edwards of MTV News observed that Timberlake was wronged and said this is demonstrated by the lyrics: "You don't have to say whatcha did / I already know, I found out from him / Now there's just no chance." Jason Lipshutz of Billboard stated that aside from the presence of Timbaland's "fantastically cluttered production", the difference between "Cry Me a River" and Timberlake's 2013 single "Mirrors" is clear: "10 years ago, Timberlake was broken, and now he is whole"."Cry Me A River, in all its over-sharing glory, has become a classic of its genre; a song that's able to say much more via one acoustic version than any number of media-trained interviews.

It should act as the benchmark for any future pop star break-up songs." VH1's Emily Exton wrote, "By stretching the boundaries of pop–and fusing it with notes of R&B, lots of electric goodness, and haunting choral vocals–Timberlake’s kiss-off song instantly becomes more poignant, a pointed reaction to the hurt he’s experienced by someone he once loved." Rolling Stone ranked "Cry Me a River" at number 20 on their list of the 100 Best Songs of the 2000s; a columnist for the magazine wrote that the real inspiration behind the song was the formation of the Timberlake–Timbaland team, "a match made in pop heaven".

"Cry Me a River" received acclaim from music critics, who considered it a stand-out track on Justified and praised Timbaland's production.

The song earned several lists of best of the year and the decade (2000s), while Rolling Stone included it on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time at 484.

Jimmy Douglass and Timbaland mixed the song at Manhattan Center Studios in New York City.

Timberlake arranged the vocals and was a backup singer alongside Timbaland, Marsha Ambrosius, Tye Tribbett and Greater Anointing.

It won a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 2004 ceremony.

The song peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Pop Songs charts and charted in the top ten in other countries.

"Cry Me a River" is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Justin Timberlake for his debut studio album, Justified (2002).