After their controversial “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004’s Super Bowl halftime show, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake remain “very good friends”.
The 55-ear-old singer told Lifetime/A&E documentary, “Honestly, this whole thing was blown way out of proportion.”
She added, “And, of course, it was an accident that should not have happened, but everyone is looking for someone to blame and that’s gotta stop. Justin and I are very good friends and we will always be very good friends.”
In fact, the singer said that she spoke to the 40-year-old NSYNC band member “just a few days ago”. She continued, “He and I have moved on and it’s time for everyone else to do the same.”
Jackson and Timberlake’s halftime show became famous because he accidentally tore part of her top and revealed her breasts to viewers while singing “Rock Your Body”, specifically along the line, “I’ll have you naked by the end of this song.”
She also talked about the wardrobe malfunction during an interview with Allure recently. She said, “What’s really important is going back to having that foundation. Not just family, but God. That’s what really pulled me through. It’s tough for me to talk about that time.”
Further, Timberlake also apologized to the singer on Instagram in February last year, amid the backlash he received from the documentary, “Framing Britney Spears”. Many viewers called him out about how he handled the Super Bowl mishap and his split from Britney Spears in 2002.
His statement read, “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. 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.”
He concluded, “It’s designed this way. As a man in a privileged position I have to be vocal about this. Because of my ignorance, I didn’t recognize it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life but I do not want to ever benefit from others being pulled down again.”
“I know this apology is a first step and doesn’t absolve the past. I want to take accountability for my own missteps in all of this as well as be part of a world that uplifts and supports. I care deeply about the wellbeing of the people I love and have loved. I can do better and I will do better.”