The 2023 MTV Video Music Awards were full of memorable moments, from Taylor Swift’s record-breaking wins to Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s steamy performance of their hit song “Bongos”. However, one backstage interaction between Megan and Justin Timberlake caught the attention of many fans and sparked rumors of a possible feud between the two stars.
A video clip that circulated on social media showed Justin, who reunited with his *NSYNC bandmates for the first time in 10 years, approaching Megan as she was getting her hair done before going on stage. Justin seemed to say something to the “Savage” rapper, who then responded by raising her hand and wagging her finger at him. Some viewers interpreted this as a sign of anger or annoyance from Megan, while others wondered what Justin had said to upset her.
The truth behind the viral clip: No tension between Megan and Justin
However, sources close to both stars have clarified that there was no drama or tension between them, and that the video clip was taken out of context. According to an eyewitness who spoke to Variety, Justin said: “It’s so nice to meet you,” and Megan replied: “No, no this don’t count, this don’t count. We gotta meet proper.” The source added that Megan’s animated response was due to her excitement and admiration for Justin, and that she wanted to have a proper introduction with him later. “It was very cute,” the source said.
Another insider also confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that Megan “loves Justin” and is a huge fan of the former boybander. “It was their first time meeting and she was excited,” the source said. Neither Megan nor Justin have addressed the matter publicly, but it seems that they have nothing but respect and appreciation for each other.
How did Megan and Justin fare at the VMAs?
Megan was one of the biggest winners of the night, taking home three awards: Best Hip Hop Video for “Savage (Remix)” featuring Beyoncé, Best Collaboration for “WAP” with Cardi B, and Song of the Summer for “Bongos”. She also delivered a stunning performance of “Bongos” with Cardi B, which featured a giant bed prop and some suggestive moves.
Justin, on the other hand, presented the award for Best Pop Video to Taylor Swift, who won nine awards in total, including Artist of the Year. He was joined by his *NSYNC bandmates JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, who made a surprise appearance on stage. The group also paid tribute to their late manager Lou Pearlman, who passed away in 2016.