Justin Timberlake issued a lengthy apology to his ex-girlfriend, Britney Spears, and Super Bowl co-performer, Janet Jackson.
Every year around the Super Bowl someone revisits Janet Jackson’s 2004 “wardrobe malfunction” that was at the hands of Justin Timberlake.
Although Justin was the one who exposed her breast, Janet’s career took a hit and the Federal Communication Commission launched an aggressive investigation.
He was accused of sexism and misogyny for the way he navigated that situation, in addition to the way he treated his former girlfriend Britney Spears.
The Man of the Woods singer wrote a lengthy apology on Instagram in wake of these accusations.
“I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond,”Justin wrote. “I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.”
“I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed.”
Both incidents are over 20 years old, but his teenage relationship with Spears resurfaced in her Framing Britney Spearsdocumentary. The film focused on her conservatorship and the way the media treated her after JT publicly admitted to them sleeping together after she claimed she was waiting for marriage. Additionally, he vaguely accused her of cheating on him and dissed her in his “Cry Me A River” music video.
Justin Timberlake concluded, “I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be part of and grow from.”