The controversial love story of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears has ended in the early 2000s. But the names of the two were linked again right after a documentary about the life of the worldwide hits ‘Stronger’ and ‘Baby One More Time’ singer was released. The documentary series titled Framing Britney Spears that was distributed by Hulu and FX examines the situation that occurred in the artist’s life in its heyday until Britney’s mental state collapsed.
If you haven’t seen ‘Framing Britney Spears,’ the film shows that Justin Timberlake launched his solo career because society humiliated Britney Spears, considering songwriting and media promotion for an album in 2002. One of the things revealed was the breakdown of Justin and Britney’s relationship which lasted from 1999 to 2002. Afterward, Justin was known to release “Cry Me a River” which catapulted his name as a solo singer after he parted ways with his boyband, N Sync’.
In later years, Justin and Britney seemed to have tied the knot and go on with their lives. The two had even once stated that they agreed to gather in a reunion, which unfortunately never happened. But this past couple of weeks every single hurtful detail about their past relationship resurfaced after the documentary was released and fans were furious. Justin then apologized to Britney Spears in a public message after his past actions were exposed.
Justin Timberlake, the singer of ‘Cry Me A River’ via Instagram posted a long statement of apology not only to Britney Spears but also Janet Jackson.
“I have seen messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond to them. I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to problems, where I spoke inappropriately, or did not speak up for what. “I understand that I fail at this point and in many other moments and benefit from a system that excuses misogyny and racism,” wrote Justin Timberlake.
“I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually because I care and respect this woman and I know I failed.” He admitted and apologized.
On an important side note, Justin mentioned the superstar Janet Jackson, the sister of Michael Jackson, due to another case of apology. Justin was also dragged following their infamous Super Bowl halftime show performance in 2004. The disgraceful vulgar wardrobe malfunction when they were performing his song ‘Rock Your Body’ made Janet unintentionally expose her right breast when Justin was supposed to reveal only her underwear.
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The incident left Janet Jackson’s career nearly ended, while there was nothing threatening Justin at the time, he even proceeded to win a Grammy the very next week after the incident. Janet Jackson opened up about the hurt Timberlake caused when he joked about the wardrobe malfunction while she was being blacklisted from the music industry. She admitted to feeling that Timberlake left her hanging “to a certain degree.”
In his 2021 apology, Timberlake continued by saying “I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly because this is a larger conversation that I with all my heart want to be a part of and to grow,” Justin continued. In his emotional message, Justin Timberlake admits that he monetizes the misogynistic industry, then supports the success of white men, and feels the need to respond.
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The apology comes after Britney Spears’ documentary specifically highlighted Justin Timberlake’s control of media narratives about his break-up claiming he was cheating on her and breaking her heart. In his apology, Justin Timberlake highlighted problems in the music industry and how he has benefited from them.
He later put himself in honesty by saying “The industry is flawed,” he wrote. In particular, Justin Timberlake doesn’t want to be involved with anything like that anymore.
“It makes men, especially white men, be successful. It is designed like this. As a man in a privileged position, I have to be vocal about this. Due to my ignorance, I don’t recognize it for all that is happening in my own life but I don’t want to benefit from someone else being torn down again, “he explained.
He continued, “I have not been perfect through all this in my entire career. I know this apology is the first step and does not free the past. I want to be responsible for my own missteps in all of this and also be part of a world that elevates and supports.”
“I really care about the welfare of the people I love and care for. I can do better and will do better,” concluded Justin Timberlake. Seeing this, Jessica Biel aka Timberlake’s wife also supported Justin Timberlake with the comment “I love you.”
After this documentary aired, a few viewers went straight to social media to shed their guts, and the hashtags of the #FreeBritney movement are again flooding the entire net.