JANET JACKSON, the documentary movie about the life of the singer premiered on January 28 where she talked about a lot of personal experiences and lessons she has learned. A short segment in the docuseries also consisted of a discussion about the super bowl malfunction when she was performing with Justin Timberlake.
When the 55-year-old was asked about the super bowl by an NSYNC member, she responded saying, “We talked once. And he said, ‘you know, I don’t know if I should come out and make a statement, this and that.”
She continued, “And I said, ‘Listen, I don’t want any drama for you. They’re aiming all of this at me.’ So I said, ‘if I were you I wouldn’t say anything.”
A short clip of Jackson is also featured in the documentary asking fans to move on from the incident.
Janet admitted in the film that what happened was a sheer accident. She said, “Honestly, this whole thing was blown way out of proportion. Of course, it was an accident that should not have happened. But everyone is looking for someone to blame and that’s gotta stop. Justin and I are very good friends. And we will always be very good friends.”
She also spoke about how she has moved on from what happened that day on stage. “We spoke just a few days ago and he and I have moved on. And it’s time for everyone else to do the same.”
The performer has faced some significant backlash after it all went down, and how some people would tell her brothers that she should be put away. Janet said, “It can take a toll on you emotionally. I just stayed focused on my work. Stayed in touch with family. And that was enough for me to pull through. When you have everyone whispering about you and the majority of you is not favorable that can pull you to a different place.”
Due to the consequences, Janet ended up uninvited in the Grammy’s but Justin performed there the same year. Timberlake didn’t make any official statement in addressing the situation of the 2004 Super Bowl. However, in 2021 Sexy Back singer posted an open letter apology after being slammed by the fans for his behavior with Britney Spears after their split.
He wrote, “I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefitted from a system that condones misogyny and racism. 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.”