Justin Timberlake issued an apology on Friday morning to both Janet Jackson and Britney Spears just days after fans flooded his social media accounts in the wake of a recent documentary on Britney Spears.

What’s going on?

The New York Times released a new documentary episode about Spears and her current conservator controversy with her father, Jamie Spears.

  • The documentary briefly touches on Spears and Timberlake’s relationship. It shows Timberlake using their breakup to profit through his music. It also includes a clip of Timberlake laughing over his relationship with Spears.


In response, fans flooded Timberlake’s social media accounts, demanding that he apologize to Spears for his actions, according to The Los Angeles Times.

What is #FreeBritney? Here’s why Britney Spears’ dad called the movement a ‘joke’

Timberlake issued the following apology:

  • “I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond,” he wrote. “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.
  • “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.”

The apology also mentions Janet Jackson. As you know, Jackson and Timberlake performed together at the Super Bowl when Timberlake ripped off Jackson’s top, exposing her on live television.