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Timberlake Denies Makeout Rumors

August 30, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Since his breakup with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake says he hasn’t been making out with women in bars as the tabloids report.

``That’s the thing I laugh at _ and sometimes I cry about it too,″ the ’N Sync singer told Us Weekly for its Sept. 9 issue. ``It’s happened for at least six months now, this whole image of everybody portraying me as a playboy. That’s not me. When I go out, I go out with my group of friends.

``Any girl who approaches me in a club and tries to win me over, I’m not gonna go for it.″

Timberlake, 21, and Spears, 20, parted ways in March after four years as pop music’s most high-profile couple. Since then, he’s been linked with Janet Jackson and dancer Jenna Dewan, but he insists, ``I’m single.″

``Make out in a club? I didn’t do that when I was with Britney,″ Timberlake said. ``Why would I do it with somebody I just met?″

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