It's been 10 years since Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake ended their three-year romance and it was all downhill from there.
To be fair, it was uphill for Timberlake, while Spears has spent the past decade on a roller coaster of highs and lows. The 30-year-old star is currently at a bright spot once again with a hosting gig on "The X Factor," a stable relationship and a personal fortune estimated at more than $200 million.
But last month, Leon Gladstone, the attorney representing the singer's parents in a defamation case against Sam Lutfi, told the court that it was after her relationship with Timberlake "ended painfully" that they began to notice a change in their daughter. According to the lawyer, prior to the relationship with Justin, Britney was a "ray of light," but after the breakup she became "angered and depressed."
Following the breakup, Timberlake broke things off with his boys in *NSYNC, and went on to a very successful solo career. While the split may have led Spears on a downward spiral, it helped Timberlake distance himself from a bubblegum boy-band pop image, and gave him the inspiration to launch his career in whole new direction.
The split clearly changed both their lives, so we had to wonder what would -- or wouldn't -- have happened if Britney and Justin never broke up?
Justin Timberlake & Britney Spears
Justin never would have <a href="http://www.justjared.com/2009/05/10/justin-timberlake-britney-spears-snl/">done that SNL skit where he admitted to taking Britney's virginity. </a>
Justin never would have written "Cry Me A River"
Britney's first marriage wouldn't have lasted 55 hours.
Britney never would have married Kevin Federline
Justin never would have helped Janet Jackson have a "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl.
Justin never would have dated Cameron Diaz.
Justin never would have brought "Sexy Back" (because it never would have gone away).
Britney never would have attacked the paparazzi with an umbrella.
Britney wouldn't have had a disastrous "comeback" performance at the 2007 VMAs.
Britney never would have been engaged to Jason Trawick.
Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake
Justin never would have married Jessica Biel.
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