New Delhi: Justin Timberlake, American singer-actor and ex boyfriend of Britney Spears, has apologized to her and Janet Jackson in a lengthy post.
In his recent social media post the pop star mentioned that he cares for and respects these women, while adding that he knows that he has failed them.
Justin’s apology comes after the massive backlash that he has attracted after the release of Britney’s documentary which portrayed how he treated the singer when they were in a relationship. “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. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism,” he wrote.
The documentary aired an old interview when Timberlake spoke about sleeping with his former girlfriend and indicated that he ridiculed her by hiring a lookalike for his Cry Me a River music video.
More backlash hit Timberlake as social media began to recall the wardrobe malfunction with Jackson that caused a national controversy at the 2004 Super Bowl.
He also wrote “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,” and further mentioned “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 recognize 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.”
#FreeBritney was trending from last week and many celebrities also come out in the support of the movement. Referring to the same, he said, “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,” and “I care deeply about the wellbeing of the people I love and have loved. I can do better and I will do better.”