Justin Timberlake apologizes to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson! Justin Timberlake is trying to make good. In a statement posted to his Instagram account on Friday, the singer issued an apology to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson for “missteps” that he says contributed to “a system that condones misogyny and racism.”
“I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments and concerns and I want to respond,” he 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.” Timberlake did not in his statement offer specific examples of the actions he regrets, but his comments come at a time of renewed conversations relating to two separate tabloid-powered periods in his career involving Spears and Jackson.
.Spears, who is in the midst of a high-profile legal battle relating to her conservatorship, found vocal supporters in the wake of the airing of “Framing Britney Spears,” a documentary examining the singer’s career and the often shameful scrutiny she has faced in the media.
Timberlake’s part in seeming to contribute to that — and, ultimately, the effect that coverage may have had on her mental health — is addressed in the film.Spears and Timberlake famously dated for several years at what was arguably the height of their teen-era careers. Jackson, meanwhile, has been something of a staple subject of conversation around Super Bowl time in recent years, with most recalling the unfair ire that was directed the superstar’s way following the controversial “wardrobe malfunction” halftime show. (In the incident, you’ll recall, Timberlake ripped off Jackson’s bodice, revealing her right breast, during their performance.)
This year, Jackson’s supporters, who feel she suffered consequences to her career that Timberlake did not, used #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay to show their love. Jackson acknowledged the movement with a few retweets on Twitter.
Justin Timberlake apologizes to Britney Spears! Justin Timberlake apologizes to Britney Spears