NEW YORK – Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears said bye, bye, bye to each other after three years together, but it wasn't easy. Less than six months later, Timberlake says he still can't say the words "break up."
"It hurts too bad to say it," the 'N Sync member told People magazine for its June 24 issue, in which he's named among "America's Top 50 Bachelors."
"You get to a point where you're crying yourself to sleep at night," he said. "I feel like I'm in the middle of a soap opera. I honestly know what it's like to have a broken heart now."
Timberlake, 21, says he's not ready to date again because he's focusing on his career; he's recording his first solo album at a studio in Virginia Beach, Va.
"I want to enjoy the simple things," he said. "I want to take three days off when I want to, not when it's on my calendar. I want to go run in the park with my sweats on because I can. That's where I am right now."
Also on the magazine's list of eligible men are Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Olympic skier Jonny Moseley, Survivor: Africa winner Ethan Zohn and Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher.