Megan Thee Stallion and Justin Timberlake react to that viral VMAs exchange

Megan Thee Stallion is saying “bye bye bye” to the rumors about her feud with Justin Timberlake.

The “WAP” rapper took to social media to clear up speculation that she had a fight with Timberlake during Tuesday night’s 2023 Video Music Awards.

Stallion, 28, posted a video on TikTok and Instagram where she looked cozy and friendly with Timberlake, 42, all while she was waving her hands around enthusiastically.

“I just talk with my hands🤷🏽‍♀️ lol @justintimberlake,” she captioned the clip.

The initial rumor was sparked after an exchange between Stallion and Timberlake was caught on camera backstage at the show – during which Timberlake’s former boy band, *NSYNC, reunited.

A behind-the-scenes clip making its rounds on X, the platform previously known as Twitter, showed Timberlake and the other four members of *NSYNC walking past the “Girls in the Hood” rapper.

Megan Thee Stallion backstage at the VMAs, surrounded by people.
Rumors flew around that Megan Thee Stallion had a backstage tiff with Timberlake.
Megan Thee Stallion backstage at the VMAs.
Fans thought Stallion and Timberlake had a heated exchange backstage in the footage.

Timberlake appeared to lean in to say something to Megan, and she waved her finger in response, as if she was dismissing him in a heated way.

Eagle-eyed VMAs fans concluded that the two had an argument.

“What could they be arguing about lmfaooo,” one viewer asked.

Another fan commented“Justin and Megan arguing may be the most random thing that I have heard all year maybe it is not how it appears.”

Megan Thee Stallion smiling with Justin Timberlake.
Megan Thee Stallion in her video clearing up her “argument” with Timberlake.

Sure enough, a source told Page Six that their exchange wasn’t hostile.

“Meg loves Justin,” they said. “She was saying, ‘No, no, no, we’ve never met before.’ It was their first time meeting and she was excited.”

Another source said, “Megan didn’t want this to be the first meeting with Justin Timberlake so said, ‘Not now.’”

During the ceremony, Stallion performed onstage with Cardi Btwerking to their new collaboration, “Bongos.”

Justin Timberlake smiling and pointing.
Justin Timberlake reunited with NSYNC at the 2023 VMAs.
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Megan Thee Stallion crouching onstage with her tongue out while a crowd reaches for her.
Megan Thee Stallion perorming at the 2023 VMAs.

Timberlake, for his part, had a reunion with his fellow *NSYNC membersJC Chasez, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone — marking the first time the group took the stage together in a decade — to present Taylor Swift with the Best Pop award for “Anti-Hero.”

The crowd was enthusiastic for the *NSYNC reunion – especially the nights’ big winner Swift, who sobbed.

“I’m not doing well pivoting from this to this. I had your dolls,” Swift said to the group while accepting her trophy. “Are you doing something? What’s going to happen now? They’re going to do something and I need to know what it is.”

Megan Thee Stallion smiling with Justin Timberlake.
Megan Thee Stallion smiling in her video with Justin Timberlake to clear up the rumors.

She added: “You’re pop personified. To receive this from your golden pop hands is really — it’s too much.”

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