NEW YORK – Justin Timberlake says he still loves ex-gal pal Britney Spears and may never emotionally recover from their bitter split.
The boy-band balladeer delivers a number of bombshell revelations in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, including dark hints that the navel-baring pop tart cheated on him.
The duet's highly publicized love story ended on a low note about six months ago amid tears, bitterness and accusations.
"I may not ever get over her," Timberlake told the magazine. "I do have to come to the realization that I might never [recover].
"But I still love her. I really do still love that girl."
You wouldn't know it from some of the 'N Sync hunk's recent comments to the media -- and the provocative video for "Cry Me a River" from his new smash album Justified.
In the video, Timberlake, 21, plays a man who has been cheated on by his Britney lookalike girlfriend and gets even with another woman.
Timberlake also told Hot 97 he performed oral sex on the songbird, but later backtracked, saying it was just a joke.
But Timberlake said he felt crushed when he was blamed for the split, adding that Spears was the culprit.
Timberlake told the magazine he had his heart broken by girlfriends twice when he was in high school -- the third was Spears.
"I mean, she [Spears] has a beautiful heart, but if I've lost my trust in someone, I don't think it's right for me to be with them," he said.