Justin Timberlake Recalls Janet Jackson Super Bowl Controversy: 'I Stumbled Through It'

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 17, 2018

That's just how things go down.

Nearly 18 years have passed since the explicit incident - which saw America's Federal Communications Commission receive 540,000 complaints - and Timberlake, set to headline the Super Bowl half-time show once again, has reflected on things.

When Justin Timberlake was announced as Super Bowl halftime headliner for 2018, talk immediately turned to his 2004 performance with Janet Jackson and how he handled the situation after exposing her breast on live television. "We're not going to do that again".

During his interview with Beats 1, host Zane Lowe asked about the malfunction.

The scandalous moment - which is widely referred to as Nipplegate - sparked a hullabaloo at the time, with some people speculating the incident was a publicity stunt while others believed it was an accident. "I had my wires crossed, and it's just something that you have to look back on and go, like, 'OK, well, you know, you can't change what's happened but you can move forward and learn from it'".

Since then, the former boy bander says he and Jackson have made peace. After asking Zane if he wanted the "showbiz answer" (to which Zane says "no, I want the real answer"), Justin basically says it was label drama between Clipse, Pharrell, and their label Jive.

Timberlake, who previously assured a similar scandal won't happen at this year's show, told Lowe that Nipplegate was a topic of discussion when the National Football League selected him to return for a second Super Bowl performance.


"I stumbled through it, to be quite honest."

". "And I don't know that a lot of people know that". In a 2006 interview with MTV, he admitted that he "got 10 percent of the blame", while Jackson shouldered the rest. "I mean, I don't think it's my job to do that".

Jackson, who recently completed a cross-country tour, has yet to comment on Timberlake's return to the Super Bowl.

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