Many celebrities have faced the dangers of drunk driving, and a recent arrest has set off a flurry of online chatter. Popular singer Justin Timberlake was recently arrested by police in Sag Harbor, Long Island for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). This news has surprised many fans, especially considering a resurfaced clip from 2007 where he appears to be giving anti-drinking advice.
Justin Timberlake in a still from No Angels
Justin Timberlake in a still from No Angels (Credits: YouTube/Justin Timberlake)

According to police, they pulled over the singer after he failed to stop at a stop sign and swerved out of his lane. The 43-year-old was reportedly leaving a dinner at the American Hotel when he was arrested. Luckily, no one was hurt during the incident.

Justin Timberlake’s DUI Arrest Contrasts Sharply with Past Plea

At the 2007 Brit Awards, Justin Timberlake won the award for International Male Solo Artist. During his acceptance speech, which started off casually, the pop star included a comment that seemed to be directed at someone. He didn’t mention a name, though. Check out his quote:

Stop drinking. You know who you are, I’m speaking to you. Stop drinking, you’re gonna get sloppy, OK is gonna say something bad about you.

It wasn’t clear who it was for. However, many thought it was meant for Britney Spears, who was going through a tough time in her personal life at that time. Spears and Timberlake, once considered Hollywood’s golden couple, saw their romance crumble after nearly four years (1999 to 2002).

According to Complex, the Gimme More singer may have cheated during their relationship. The breakup got messy when the former member of NSYNC released his song Cry Me a River, which many believed was about Spears’ infidelity. The music video even featured a woman who looked a lot like the songstress.

Britney Spears in a still from I'm a Slave 4 U (Credits: YouTube/Britney Spears)
Britney Spears in a still from I’m a Slave 4 U (Credits: YouTube/Britney Spears)

The pop princess, undoubtedly, went through a difficult phase in 2007. Photographers captured her shaving her head at a salon, and she was later seen hitting a photographer’s car with an umbrella.

US Weekly reported the then 26-year-old was struggling with personal issues, including substance abuse, an undisclosed mental health condition, and a tough custody battle with her ex-husband Kevin Federline. Fast forward to 2024 (after the clip), and Timberlake finds himself facing his own cautionary tale — getting arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).

He is now facing charges of DWI, running a stop sign, and failing to stay in his lane. The Mirrors star was released on his own recognizance after a court appearance on Tuesday morning and will have to return to court for a hearing later in July.

Justin Timberlake Launches Comeback Tour with New Album

Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake in Palmer (Credits: Apple TV+)

Justin Timberlake is back on tour after a five-year break! His Forget Tomorrow World Tour is promoting his new album Everything I Thought It Was, which came out in March.

This week, the Tennessee singer will perform at Chicago’s United Center on June 21 and June 22 before heading to New York. He’ll be playing at Madison Square Garden on June 25th and 26th. The tour will continue across the U.S. until July, then move to Europe for the summer and fall. Timberlake will be back in North America in October, with the tour wrapping up by December.

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