Justin Timberlake apologizes to Britney Spears, Janet Jackson

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Pop musician Justin Timberlake has apologized to fellow artists Britney Spears and Janet Jackson after FX’s “Framing Britney Spears” documentary landed him in scorching water.

The “Say One thing” hitmaker’s social media accounts have been flooded with outraged feedback within the wake of the buzzy new documentary, which makes the case that Timberlake waged a smear marketing campaign towards Spears after the movie star couple’s relationship resulted in 2002.

“I’ve seen the messages, tags, feedback, and considerations and I need to reply,” Timberlake stated in an announcement launched Friday on social media.

“I’m deeply sorry for the instances in my life the place my actions contributed to the issue, the place I spoke out of flip, or didn’t communicate up for what was proper. I perceive that I fell brief in these moments and in lots of others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.”

Controversy over the Spears documentary has additionally dredged up an incident through which Timberlake unintentionally uncovered Jackson’s nipple by pulling away a part of her costume whereas guest-starring in her efficiency on the 2004 Tremendous Bowl halftime present.

Dubbed “Nipplegate” on the time, the notorious wardrobe malfunction prompted a public outcry and an investigation launched by the Federal Communications Fee, which hit CBS with a hefty advantageous for the disturbance. Nevertheless it was Jackson who ended up shouldering a lot of the blame, and her profession suffered for it as Timberlake’s star continued to rise.

Regardless of issuing a number of apologies, Jackson was not permitted to attend the Grammy Awards that yr, whereas the Recording Academy welcomed Timberlake again after he agreed to apologize on air. And MTV, which produced the halftime present in 2004, stopped airing Jackson’s music movies.

Timberlake has additionally been invited again to the Tremendous Bowl stage, whereas Jackson has not carried out at one other Tremendous Bowl since.

“I particularly need to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson each individually, as a result of I take care of and respect these ladies and I do know I failed,” Timberlake continued in Friday’s assertion.

“The trade is flawed. It units males, particularly white males, up for fulfillment. It’s designed this fashion. As a person in a privileged place I’ve to be vocal about this. Due to my ignorance, I didn’t acknowledge it for all that it was whereas it was taking place in my very own life however I don’t need to ever profit from others being pulled down once more.”

In a 2006 interview with MTV, Timberlake acknowledged he “in all probability received 10 p.c of the blame” for the halftime-show blunder and stated that “America’s harsher on ladies” and “ethnic individuals.” Jackson additionally instructed Oprah Winfrey that Timberlake had reached out to her personally and that she would reply “in my very own time.”

As for Spears, the FX documentary argues that Timberlake painted his fellow “Mickey Mouse Membership” alum as an untrue villain within the media after their cut up, culminating with the vindictive music video for Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River.” It additionally options audio from a 2002 radio interview through which Timberlake bragged about their intercourse life.

Consequently, Spears was largely blamed for the breakup by highly effective media figures, together with veteran journalist Diane Sawyer, who confronted Spears about Timberlake in a high-profile 2003 interview that introduced the “…Child One Extra Time” artist to tears.

“I’ve not been excellent in navigating all of this all through my profession. I do know this apology is a primary step and doesn’t absolve the previous,” Timberlake wrote in his apology. “I need to take accountability for my very own missteps in all of this in addition to be part of a world that uplifts and helps. I care deeply concerning the wellbeing of the individuals I really like and have cherished. I can do higher and I’ll do higher.”

Learn Timberlake’s full remarks beneath.

I’ve seen the messages, tags, feedback, and considerations and I need to reply. I’m deeply sorry for the instances in my life the place my actions contributed to the issue, the place I spoke out of flip, or didn’t communicate up for what was proper. I perceive that I fell brief in these moments and in lots of others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.

I particularly need to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson each individually, as a result of I take care of and respect these ladies and I do know I failed.

I additionally really feel compelled to reply, partially, as a result of everybody concerned deserves higher and most significantly, as a result of it is a bigger dialog that I wholeheartedly need to be part of and develop from…

The trade is flawed. It units males, particularly white males, up for fulfillment. It’s designed this fashion. As a person in a privileged place I’ve to be vocal about this. Due to my ignorance, I didn’t acknowledge it for all that it was whereas it was taking place in my very own life however I don’t need to ever profit from others being pulled down once more.

I’ve not been excellent in navigating all of this all through my profession. I do know this apology is a primary step and doesn’t absolve the previous. I need to take accountability for my very own missteps in all of this in addition to be part of a world that uplifts and helps.

I care deeply concerning the wellbeing of the individuals I really like and have cherished. I can do higher and I’ll do higher.

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