By EW Staff
October 25, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

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”When Britney and I were a couple, she went to the hair salon

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”When Britney and I were a couple, she went to the hair salon and said she’d be back in a couple hours. When she got there she decided to get a manicure and a pedicure, and wasn’t back for five hours. That [gave me] the idea for the song…this idea of ‘I wonder what it would feel like…to miss someone like that?’ It’s funny, because if you listen to the lyrics now, ‘Maybe I was too blind to see that you needed a change.”’ — A now-solo JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, pondering the all-too-relevant words he wrote for ‘N Sync’s ”Gone,” on MTV.com

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