Way before Jelena or Robsten existed and celebrity couples had their own nicknames, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake reigned as the supreme teen power couple of the ’00s. Not only were they stylish (their matching denim AMAs outfits are iconic) but they were in Love with a capital L.
While filming Crossroads, the movie’s director Tamra Davis actually revealed that Britney was so smitten with her beau that she would doodle his name in her character’s notebook. “I have the book. All she was writing was ‘Britney and Justin,’ all these little curlicues. It was like looking at a teenage girl’s musings – hearts and butterflies and Justin’s name,” she said.
Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears at the VMAs in 2000.
Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worst and rumors of infidelity began swirling after they broke up — and tbh, we’re still not over it. Even after all this time (it’s literally been 15 years already!) we would kill to see them to reunite.
And don’t even get us started on Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. Their relationship is such a staple of the early ’00s! Nothing pleased us more than tuning into Newlyweds every week to see the 98 Degrees singer dealing with another one of Jessica’s hilarious antics. They definitely had a love story we wanted to see last.
Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson in 2003.
“I promised God, my father and my future husband that I would remain a virgin until I got married. I just always knew it was something I wanted to do,” Jessica admitted. “[Being with Nick] was the most amazing moment of my life. I’m so lucky I didn’t lose my virginity in the back of a Jeep or something. Instead, I had this amazing, elaborate wedding and I topped it off with that.”
So, what would it look like if these beloved celeb duos never actually split? We took it upon ourselves to Photoshop the 2017 versions of our favorite couples and let’s just say… the end results might make you emotional.