The ‘Cry Me A River’ singer took to Instagram to post a lengthy statement apologizing to not only Britney but also Janet Jackson. In the emotional message, Timberlake admits he cashed in on a misogynistic industry, which supported white men’s success, and felt it was necessary to respond.
The apology comes on the heels of a new Britney Spears documentary which specifically highlighted Justin’s control of the media narrative about his breakup with the pop princess — claiming she cheated on him and broke his heart.
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“I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond. 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,” Timberlake wrote.
He continued, “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.”
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“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,” Justin continued.
In the apology, Timberlake highlighted the issues in the music industry and how he benefited from them.
“The industry is flawed,” he wrote. Adding, “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.”
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He continued, “I have not been perfect in navigating all of this throughout my career. 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.”
If you haven’t seen the ‘Framing Britney Spears,’ it suggests that Timberlake launched his solo career on society’s shaming of Britney Spears, examining the songs and media promotion for the 2002 album.
Justin concluded, “I care deeply about the well-being of the people I love and have loved. I can do better and will do better.”