Baby, it’s real, so, so real. The fact that Mandy Moore just won #ThrowbackThursday, that is.
The pop star turned actress, 32, took to Instagram on Thursday, March 30, to appease ’90s-nostalgia-loving hearts everywhere by sharing a photo of herself and a teenage Justin Timberlake hanging out before a concert in 1999. In the pic, the pair rock some seriously retro style, and the brunette This Is Us star sports bright blonde locks.
Moore — who burst onto the pop music scene in 1999 with the release of her first single, “Candy” — opened for Timberlake, then 18, and his bandmates on their ’NSync in Concert world tour in support of her debut album, So Real.
While she had a blast on the road with JT & Co., the “I Wanna Be With You” songstress revealed one particularly embarrassing memory from that time in her life during a November 2016 appearance on The Late Late Show.
"I’m a terrible dancer, but I had background dancers at the time because that’s what you did, and I remember distinctly one time walking backstage, and I didn't really see much of the guys because I was the measly opening act. Nobody cared about me," she told show host James Corden. “But Justin Timberlake was there and somehow there was a conversation about feet or foot size. They were comparing shoe [size]. And all the background dancers and the ’NSync background dancers and my background dancers [were there], and I stroll up at 15, like, freaking out that Justin Timberlake is there."
However, Moore was instantly disappointed — and totally mortified! — when she finally got to meet her crush. "He was like, 'You have big feet for a girl,'" she recalled him saying. "I'm sure he doesn't remember this at all, but I was so impressionable, and I thought the world of him, and he was on a pedestal. I mean, 16 years later it stuck with me, so it really scarred me emotionally.”
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