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Justin Timberlake Apologized for Insulting Mandy Moore

Being an awkward teenager is apparently an experience no one can escape — not even celebrities. On Wednesday, Mandy Moore went on SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show, where he asked her about a story she first shared on the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family in 2015 involving her teenage self, teenage Justin Timberlake and one serious foot-in-mouth moment from the latter.

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When Moore first exploded onto the music scene at just 15 years old (almost 20 years ago), she went on tour with ‘NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys — which was probably pretty intense for someone who was already a big fan of both bands. Apparently, one night backstage, Timberlake pointed to her feet and commented on their size.

“I had backup dancers and they had backup dancers and everyone was sort of gathered backstage and they were talking about feet or dancing or something, and somehow the conversation stopped and [Timberlake] looked down at my feet and was like, ‘Oh, you’ve got big feet for a girl,'” she said. “And as a 15-year-old, who is, like, madly in love with him… it did [crush me].”

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In the time since, however, Timberlake has reached out to make amends. “He’s apologized since, though,” Moore said. “He’s such a lovely guy. He, like, seeked me out like, ‘I just want you to know that I had no idea what I was saying. I was probably trying to flirt with you, and I understand how words can have an impact.’ I was like, ‘Justin, sir, you just played the Super Bowl. I’m fine.'”

We’ve all had really mortifying moments with people we admire, right? It’s encouraging to know that some of those moments can become fond memories, even years later, with a few kind words. Good on Timberlake for owning his behavior!

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