When the former couple went their separate ways more than 10 years ago, many fans still held out hope that they would reunite.
Now that Justin is a married man and Britney has moved on, been married twice and is dating David Lucado, that's obviously not in the cards for them, but that doesn't mean they've forgotten about each other altogether.
In a new interview with USA Today, Brit says that Justin is actually one of the people who inspires her.
"Bruno Mars is so different and fresh, and Justin Timberlake is, too," she revealed. "It's inspiring for me, and it makes people eager to listen to music, which helps everyone."
She also gave shout-outs to some of her other contemporaries, admitting that she looks up to Beyonce, she thinks Miley Cyrus has "really good energy," and is a fan of pop newcomer, Lorde.
Still, we were most surprised by the Justin comment, but we think it's cool that she can still respect him as an artist, even if he is her ex.
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