Watch: Jenna Dewan-Tatum Denies Legendary Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake Dance-Off
Long before she became an actress and judge on NBC’s World of Dance, the world knew Dewan-Tatum as one of Justin Timberlake‘s backup dancers—and that period of her life was briefly touched upon in Lifetime’s unauthorized Britney Spears biopic, Britney Ever After. When Dewan-Tatum stopped by Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Sunday, a viewer called in to ask whether the dance-off between Spears and Timberlake really happened..!
“OK, so this dance-off situation—it never happened, people! No! It was in tabloids and everyone thought this happened. I really wish I could say that happened, because that would be the coolest story in the world! It would be so awesome!” said Dewan-Tatum, who has also danced for Janet Jackson. “I wish I could say that, but no, it never happened.
Dewan-Tatum said she didn’t begin dancing with Timberlake until after his split with Spears—well, “like during/after the breakup. It was like the whole drama of all that.” At the time, she told host Andy Cohen and guest Tituss Burgess, “I was an actress. I didn’t know what was going on.
It was the craziest, wildest thing. But there was no dance-off! People ask me this all the time. It’s like, ‘No!’ I don’t know what they’re talking about. That was made up by Us Weekly.”
“Did you ever have a moment with Justin?” Cohen asked.
“Oh, God. Andy! You just go there! You know that I love you. Um, yeah. We dated. Yeah,” the actress admitted. “Yeah, we dated. Not that long. We were like friends—friends!—that dated.”