- Justin Timberlake posted a touching apology to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson on Instagram
- Timberlake acknowledged the part he played in a system that objectified women and had racist elements
- Fans praised the singer for his honesty and courage to come forward and acknowledge that he was part of the problem
Actor and musician, Justin Timberlake, took Instagram to issue an apology for his actions in the past which affected his ex-girlfriend, Britney Spears, and Janet Jackson.
Timberlake, 40, wrote on Instagram:
“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."
Almost 20 years ago he had granted an interview which featured on a documentary about Spears in which he spoke about their sex life while both of them were at the height of their careers.
The documentary was very disparaging of Spears and contributed to how she was treated by the media when the couple split up in 2002.
He acknowledged the role he played in a system that was misogynistic and racist, which often objectified women.
The singer also acknowledged that the system was set up in the past to benefit white men over others and he realised that his privileged position gave him a platform to be vocal about it.
The actor admitted that he was ignorant of what was happening at the time and said that he did not want to benefit at someone else's expense again.
Timberlake ended the message by saying that he wants to grow from the conversation taking place now and wants to be a part of it.
Justin's fans took to the comments section and praised him for publicly taking responsibility for his actions and trying to help.
"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. ❤️"
"No matter what anyone says. It’s never too late to say sorry or change."
"Wow. Not a syllable in this where he is not being a man, taking it on the chin and accepting percent ownership whether he was wrong or not. The best apology I e heard in a minute."
"You’re human too bro! We all make mistakes sometimes, no one is perfect!"
However, some people thought that it was too little too late:
"Is this an apology?? Apologizing and saying, “I want to apologize” are 2 different things... just saying."
"NOT AN APOLOGY WRITTEN ON THE NOTES APP TWO DECADES LATE."
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