Justin Timberlake's name has been in the news and on social media lately, though not for anything that he's done recently, and more in connection to events from his past he'd probably prefer to move on from. Timberlake showed up as part of the Hulu and FX documentary Framing Britney, which analyzes the events in Britney Spears' life and career that has led to her ongoing converatorship (and inspired the hashtag #FreeBritney). Today, Timberlake is acknowledging his role in things that have happened to both Spears and singing sensation Janet Jackson, and apologizing.
In a lengthy post added to his Instagram, Justin Timberlake starts out by saying:
In the Britney Spears documentary, it’s noted that Spears and Justin Timberlake dated while both were at the height of their respective teen-pop careers. While both got their start on The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, they each took their talents in different musical directions while also fueling numerous gossip rags with their romantic relationship.
It is pointed out in the documentary that Justin Timberlake may have contributed to Britney Spears' emotional distress when he hired a Spears lookalike to appear in his Cry Me a River video following the duo's highly publicized breakup.
Justin Timberlake does not address any specifics in his apology, but he does go on to post on his socials:
As for Janet Jackson’s name popping up in the apology, Justin Timberlake seems to be reaching back to the event at the Super Bowl that resulted in Jackson exposing herself on national television thanks to what notoriously has been labeled as a “wardrobe malfunction.” There has been a lot of discussion following that event that determined that Jackson’s career suffered far more than Timberlake’s… pointing to the fact that Timberlake was invited back to the Super Bowl to perform, and Jackson remains ostracized.
Justin Timberlake concluded his online apology with:
We applaud Justin Timberlake for taking this necessary step, and will continue to track the fallout that keeps coming from the Britney Spears documentary that’s airing on Hulu as we speak.
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