Justin Timberlake apologizes to Britney Spears, almost 20 years later

The American singer had a relationship with the pop star for four years and this Friday he expressed his regret for some of his attitudes. Timberlake also apologized to Janet Jackson.

The American singer Justin Timberlake on Friday offered an apology to Britney Spears almost 20 years after the end of their courtship, after a documentary accused him of having manipulated what happened to win the sympathy of the public.

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In the documentary Framing Britney Spears (Setting Britney Spears a trap), produced by the New York Times and broadcast by cable channel FX and the Hulu platform, several witnesses claim that Timberlake used his breakup with Spears in 2002 to launch his solo career.

They claim that Timberlake let various outlets accuse Spears of cheating on him and then brutally breaking up the relationship, without making public statements on the matter. Those interviewed remember that he presented the single Cry Me a River as directly linked to his breakup, after four years of love affair (1998-2002).

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The lyrics of the song allude to a man cheated on by his ex-partner. The video clip shows a woman who looks like Britney Spears, although her face is not well visible.

In an Instagram post, Timberlake, 40, apologized to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson on Friday.

When she was performing a duet with Michael Jackson’s sister during the Super Bowl in 2004, live, the former member of the youth band NSYNC ripped a piece of her bodice, leaving one of the singer’s breast bare in a fact that shocked the country.

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What happened affected Janet Jackson’s career for a long time, much more than Timberlake’s.

“I care about these two women, I respect them, and I know I failed,” wrote the Memphis-born singer.

“I deeply regret the moments in my life when my actions contributed to the problem, when I monopolized the word, or did not stand up for what was right,” added Timberlake, currently married to actress Jessica Biel.

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“I know that I was not up to the task at that time, as in many others, and that I benefited from a system that forgives misogyny and racism.”

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