Jenna Dewan Tatum and Justin Timberlake go way back. In fact, they even had a short-lived fling.
During an appearance on Sunday night’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” the “Step Up” star ― and former *NSYNC backup dancer ― confirmed that she and Timberlake dated just after the “Suit and Tie” singer’s highly publicized breakup with pop princess Britney Spears.
“We were, like, friends that then dated and we’re just really good friends now,” Dewan Tatum explained, noting that she was definitely not the rebound.
“We’re still good friends. It’s not as salacious as everyone thinks,” she added.
However, Dewan Tatum’s connection to Timberlake was significant enough to be included in Lifetime’s terrible Spears biopic released earlier this year.
The film led us all to believe that JT and Spears had a tense dance-off in a club while Timberlake was at a club with Dewan Tatum a couple months after his split from the pop star. As much as we hoped there was some truth to Lifetime’s tale, “The World of Dance” host confirmed that, sadly,it never really happened.
“Okay, so this dance-off situation is ... it never happened, people!” the actress told a viewer who phoned in to ask about the rumored incident. “It was in tabloids and everyone thought that this happened. And I really wish I could say that that happened because that would be the coolest story in the world. It would be so awesome. I wish I could say that, but no, it never happened.”
We really wish it happened, too.