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Janet Jackson says she and Justin Timberlake are “very good friends” following their famous “wardrobe malfunction” during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004.
“Honestly, this whole thing was blown way out of proportion,” the singer, 55, said of the incident during her Lifetime/A&E documentary.
“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,” she continued. “Justin and I are very good friends and we will always be very good friends.”
Jackson added that she spoke with Timberlake, 40, “just a few days ago.”
“He and I have moved on and it’s time for everyone else to do the same,” she said.
Jackson and Timberlake shocked the world in 2004 when they performed at halftime for Super Bowl XXXVIII. Jackson’s breast was exposed to millions of viewers when Timberlake accidentally tore part of her top off while performing his hit “Rock Your Body” and singing, “I’ll have you naked by the end of this song.”
Sources told Page Six that Jackson recorded the video about her friendship with Timberlake last week as a last minute addition to the tell-all doc.
The “All For You” singer also addressed the mishap earlier this month in an interview with Allure.
“What’s really important is going back to having that foundation. Not just family, but God. That’s what really pulled me through,” she explained. “It’s tough for me to talk about that time.”
Timberlake previously apologized to Jackson in a lengthy post shared to Instagram last February amid backlash from the New York Times’ “Framing Britney Spears” doc.
At the time, Viewers called out Timberlake for the way he handled the Super Bowl scandal, along with his highly publicized split from Spears in 2002.
“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,” his statement read in part.
“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.”
Timberlake concluded his post by saying “the industry is flawed” and that it sets men – “especially white men” – up for success.
“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,” the statement continued.
“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.”
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