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JT breakup was the beginning of Britney's downward spiral

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Even though it happened 10 years ago

Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake were always the topic of conversation when they were together, but both have moved on since they broke up a decade ago. Today in court, Spears' attorney said Timberlake was the start of her breakdown, leading to a shaved head.

Britney Spears

Britney Spears' career, and life, has been a roller-coaster ride since she jumped into show business as a child. When she was dating 'N Sync member Justin Timberlake as a teen, she seemed to be at the top of the world. Even though they broke up a decade ago, with Timberlake's wedding Friday to Jessica Biel, Spears is bound to be thinking about her ex.

This week, the singer has been involved in a trial with her former manager, who has been sharing a lot about Spears, including her breakdown in 2008. A lawyer for Spears today spoke about what started the progressively deteriorating mental state that ended in a breakdown. He said it started the moment Timberlake and Spears broke up. In his opening statement, he said the breakup "left Britney depressed and angry, the beginning of a downward spiral that included impulsively marrying a childhood friend in Las Vegas and drug use," according to E! News.

"This is a story of a close family, but not a perfect one," attorney Leon Gladstone said, after Sam Lufti alleged yesterday that Spears' breakdown had more to do with her being on drugs than anything else.

Timberlake and Spears met when they were just kids and Mouseketeers. Spears' attorney is saying that the breakup with Timberlake started Spears' problems. He also spoke about why her dad finally forced her into rehab.

"You are going to kill yourself or one of your kids," her dad told her when he first sent her to rehab.

“Britney flew to Antigua for treatment, but flew right back," said E! News. "Then she checked into Promises, but left after a day, prompting [then ex-husband Kevin] Federline to start proceedings to get permanent full custody of the boys. Finally, she returned to Promises for a full month, but when she left at the end of February 2007, she wasn't talking to Jamie and Lynne, Gladstone said."

But it looks like both parts of the former couple have grown up and are doing better. Spears is engaged to Jason Trawick and lives with him and her two children, and she is restarting her career. Timberlake is officially starting a new life with his wife Jessica Biel.

Photo courtesy of WENN.com
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