Before Christina Aguilera was the iconic singer she is today, she was a cast member on The Mickey Mouse Club in the 1990s with later-famous co-stars like Keri Russell and Ryan Gosling. But the “Beautiful” singer said that there was some added drama with two of her co-stars, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.
On The Late Late Show’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment last night (April 23), host James Corden asked Aguilera if she had a crush on Gosling when she was a cast member on the show. “There were definitely crushes, but...I wasn’t on the train,” the singer said.
“What train were you on?” the host asked. “Were you on the Timberlake train?” Aguilera laughed and stammered before finally admitting that she may have had a crush on the “Cry Me a River” singer.
“He had swag, I have to say,” she said. “Even back then, he had swag.”
Christina Aguilera in the 1990s
Christina Aguilera in the 1990s
Christina Aguilera pictured at the opening of Millennium Village at Epcot, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida on September 30, 1999. (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
369630 01: Singer Christina Aguilera poses February 23, 2000 at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, CA. Aguilera won the Best New Artist Award after her first #1 single 'Genie In A Bottle' stayed atop the charts for five consecutive weeks and rocketed the album to #1 upon its release in August 1999. (Photo by Barry King/Liaison)
Singer Christina Aguilera. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Christina Aguilera 1999 Billboard Awards (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 1998: American pop singer Christina Aguilera poses for a June 1998 portrait in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Berg/Getty Images)
Christina Aguilera during Christina Aguilera File Photos - Record Party to celebrate release of her fist album 'Christina Aguilera' in 1999 at Private Home in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1999 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical guests Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera with host Jay Leno on February 13, 2001 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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368077 04: Singer Christina Aguilera poses April 14, 2000 at the Essence Awards in New York City. Christina Aguilera's first #1 single 'Genie In A Bottle,' stayed atop the charts for five consecutive weeks and rocketed the album to #1 upon its release in August 1999. (Photo by Laura Walters/Liaison)
360836 03: Pop Sensation Christina Aguilera Carves Turkey For The 'Big Brother-Sister' Organization November 24, 1999 At The Harley Davidson Cafe In New York City. (Photo By Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 14: Singer Christina Aguilera attends the 10th Annual Disney's American Teacher Awards on November 14, 1999 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Christina Aguilera during The 1999 MTV Video Music Awards at Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
Christina Aguilera at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles. at the 1999 Teen Choice Awards at in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Christina Aguilera during Christina Aguilera Archive Images At a Photocall at the Chelsea Hotel at Chelsea Hotel in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
Christina Aguilera during Christina Aguilera in Concert at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - AUGUST 1: Singer Christina Aguilera attends the First Annual Teen Choice Awards on August 1, 1999 at the Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Air Center in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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Christina Aguilera in New York City, New York (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
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But while answering the question, the singer revealed that she and Spears may have found themselves in the middle of a love triangle with Timberlake. “There was a me and Britney -- well now, you know -- there was a thing back then,” she said, before turning to the host and saying “Oh, my god, you’re going in!”
Of course, Spears later went on to date Timberlake from 1999 to 2002 before the two ended their relationship amidst rumors of Spears’ infidelity. But Aguilera added that everything could have been different, because another cast member had his eye on Britney.
“I know Ryan (Gosling) pretty much...he did have a crush on Britney,” she said. “She must be regretting that,” Corden said, before Aguilera reminded him that Spears ended up with Timberlake. “Oh yeah, you’re right, that worked out wonderfully for everybody,” the host sarcastically added.
Watch Aguilera’s full “Carpool Karaoke” segment with James Corden below: