In a press release posted to his Instagram account on Friday, the singer issued an apology to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson for “missteps” that he says contributed to “a system that condones misogyny and racism.”
“I’ve seen the messages, tags, feedback and considerations and I need to reply,” he wrote. “I’m deeply sorry for the occasions in my life the place my actions contributed to the issue, the place I spoke out of flip, or didn’t converse up for what was proper.”
Spears and Timberlake famously dated for a number of years at what was arguably the peak of their teen-era careers.
Jackson, in the meantime, has been one thing of a staple topic of dialog round Tremendous Bowl time lately, with most recalling the unfair ire that was directed the celebrity’s means following the controversial “wardrobe malfunction” halftime present. (Within the incident, you may recall, Timberlake ripped off Jackson’s bodice, revealing her proper breast, throughout their efficiency.)
“I particularly need to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson each individually, as a result of I look after and respect these ladies and I do know I failed,” Timberlake mentioned. “I additionally really feel compelled to reply, partly, as a result of everybody concerned deserves higher and most significantly, as a result of it is a bigger dialog that I wholeheartedly need to be part of and develop from.”
Timberlake additionally used his assertion to deal with the “flawed” music trade that he mentioned “units males, particularly white males, up for achievement.”
“It is designed this fashion. As a person in a privileged place I’ve to be vocal about this,” he mentioned. “Due to my ignorance, I did not acknowledge it for all that it was whereas it was occurring in my very own life however I don’t need to ever profit from others being pulled down ever once more.”
Timberlake is now married to actress Jessica Biel.
“I’ve not been good in navigating all of this all through my profession,” Timberlake added. “I do know this apology is a primary step and does not absolve the previous. I need to take accountability for my missteps in all of this in addition to be a part of a world that uplifts and helps.”
He added: “I care deeply in regards to the wellbeing of the individuals I really like and have beloved. I can do higher and can do higher.”