Britney Spears calls her brief fling with Colin Farrell a two-week brawl

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In the new Gossip With Celebitchy podcast coming out this weekend, we talked about Britney Spears’ memoir and how I can’t wait to read what Britney writes about Colin Farrell. Hours after we recorded, Time Magazine published a preview of the Colin Farrell section of Britney’s memoir. In 2003, after Justin Timberlake dumped Britney, she had a weeks-long fling with Colin. You have to remember, this was when Colin was at the peak of his messiness, when he was still drinking, when he was banging everything with two legs and a pulse. He was a big ball of Irish charisma and chaos. For the brief moment that Colin and Britney were hanging out, it was particularly crazy. To be fair, Colin always spoke highly of Britney and, in her memoir, she basically says it was a hot fling but she was still nursing a broken heart because of Justin.

In her new memoir, The Woman in Me, Britney Spears details a brief fling she had with the actor Colin Farrell in the early 2000s. The pair met while Farrell was filming the movie S.W.A.T., following Spears’s very public breakup with Justin Timberlake. Writing that Timberlake slept with “six or seven girls” in the weeks after they “officially” ended their relationship, Spears says she was still torn up about her ex. “He was a girl’s dream. I was in love with him.”

To try and move on from the relationship, Spears writes that she decided it was time to start dating again and was set up with Farrell through a “club promoter friend.” They connected, she visited him on the set of his movie, and the pair “had a two-week brawl,” Spears writes. “Brawl is the only word for it—we were all over each other, grappling so passionately it was like we were in a street fight.”

When they attended the premiere of Farrell’s 2003 movie The Recruit, Spears recalls that she was not fully over Timberlake. “As I had before when I’d felt too attached to a man, I tried to convince myself in every way that it was not a big deal, that we were just having fun, that in this case, I was vulnerable because I wasn’t over Justin yet.”

At that premiere, Farrell told reporters that their relationship was casual. “We’re not dating. She’s a sweet, sweet girl. There’s nothing going on—just mates,” he said at the time. Entertainment Weekly reported that Spears left the event “as soon as the paparazzi were gone.”

Later that year, Spears spoke to W Magazine about the brief relationship, saying, “Yes, I kissed him… He’s the cutest, hottest thing in the world—wooh!… But it was nothing serious.”

She doesn’t detail the end of her relationship with Farrell in The Woman in Me, except to say that “for a brief moment in time, I did think there could be something there. The disappointments in my romantic life were just one part of how isolated I became. I felt so awkward all the time.”

[From Time]

Sounds like neither of them was ready to be in a serious relationship but they had some fun together and… yeah. The very definition of a low-drama fling. Every reason to bang and no reason to be together in a real relationship. The Recruit premiere photos were from January 2003 – reportedly, Justin broke up with Britney in March 2002. Is it wrong that I keep thinking about everything else that was happening in this time period? Like, the Bush administration falsified intelligence to make the case to invade Iraq during this exact timeline. Less than two months after Farrell and Spears went to his premiere, the US invasion of Iraq began.

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