Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake
The musicians turned heads in February 2004 when Timberlake exposed Jackson’s breast during their Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime performance. During the event, the former ‘NSync singer ripped part of Jackson’s costume, exposing her in front of more than 150 million viewers.
The scandal haunted both artists for decades. Timberlake issued a public apology to Jackson and his ex-girlfriend Britney Spears in February 2021 after the release of “Framing Britney Spears,” which exposed toxic masculinity in the ‘90s and early 2000s.
“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 wrote via Instagram at the time. “I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.”
In November 2021, the Super Bowl incident was further investigated during an episode of FX’s The New York Times Presents “Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson.” The “Miss You Much” songstress opened up about the show mishap in January 2022 during a documentary interview for Lifetime.
“Honestly, this whole thing was blown way out of proportion,” Jackson said at the time. “And, of course, it was an accident that should not have happened, but everyone is looking for someone to blame and that’s gotta stop. Justin and I are very good friends and we will always be very good friends.”See Full Gallery