Justin Timberlake Says He Wrote Breakup Anthem ‘Cry Me a River’ in 2 Hours

in Justin’s new book he revealed when he wrote his 2002 breakup anthem “Cry Me a River,” the song rushed right out of him.

He says in Hindsight: & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Methat his intense emotions made songwriting quick. “I’ve been scorned. I’ve been pissed off,” he explains. “I wrote ‘Cry Me a River’ in two hours. I didn’t plan on writing it.”

“The feelings I had were so strong that I had to write it, and I translated my feelings into a form where people could listen and, hopefully, relate to it,” Timberlake continues. “People heard me and they understood it because we’ve all been there.”