The former NSYNC star released as statement following criticism of his behaviour towards ex girlfriend Britney Spears and his reaction to the 2004 Superbowl controversy affected Janet Jackson’s career.
Justin wrote on his Instagram page: “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.
He added: “I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.”
Regarding his past behaviours towards Britney Spears and Janet Jackson he said: “I specifically want to apologise 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.”
Justin continued: ‘The industry is flawed. 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 recognise 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.”
“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. I care deeply about the wellbeing of the people I love and have loved. I can do better and I will do better.”
Cry Me A River singer Justin, now 40, dated Britney, from 1998 to 2002. They had originally met when they were both eleven in the Mickey Mouse club and were the ‘It’ couple of the music world, each becoming superstars.
When they split, however, it was reported that Britney had been unfaithful to Justin and amidst the speculation Justin released his Cry Me A River song featuring a Britney lookalike which made it appear that she had cheated.
The video shows Justin getting revenge on a woman who has been unfaithful to him and the song lyrics say: “You don’t have to say, what you did, I already know, I found out from him, Now there’s just no chance, With you and me, There’ll never be, Don’t it make you sad about it?”
Following the recent release of the new Framing Britney Spears documentary, and its look at how Justin’s career flourished at Britney’s expense, Justin’s behaviour has come under scrutiny from fans.
Fans also looked into the 2014 Superbowl controversy which saw Justin’s career once again flourish while Janet Jackson’s was practically extinguished after he tore off her costume to expose her breast to an audience of milions.
Janet’s music was blacklisted from radio station and she was banned from attending events including the Grammy Awards while Justin was invited to perform at the Superbowl again in 2018.
Justin, once again kept quiet which angered fans.
Following his statement Justin received messages of support from his actress wife Jessica Biel who wrote : “I love you” alongside a heart emoji .
Brandi Carlile wrote: “Really beautiful to read this. I think it’s going to speak to a lot of people’s pain. I can’t wait to see how you get involved with elevating women and marginalized people. you’re an inspiring dude to me. “
Jaycen Joshua added: ‘Wow. Not a syllable in this where he is not being a man, taking it on the chin and accepting 100 percent ownership whether he was wrong or not. The best apology I e heard in a minute. 100 percent “
Some others were less forgiving though, with some saying it was too late.
One Britney fan said: “Ummmmm Justin Timberlake it is a little too late.”
And another said: “I’ve been holding on to aftermath of Janet Jackson super bowl show since 2004. I can’t even hear the name Justin Timberlake without going into a rant about how Janet was treated. She’s been performing her whole life, striving and in one moment he almost took her career away. No.”