“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,” the 40-year-old singer wrote on Friday, February 12. “I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.”
Timberlake continued, “I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed.”
The “Cry Me a River” crooner’s apology comes after Spears’ fans slammed Timberlake online following the release of the Framing Britney Spears documentary. The pair dated for four years, and the newly released Hulu film explores, in part, their past relationship. Timberlake’s apology directed toward Jackson comes years after he exposed her right breast during their 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.
Continuing his Instagram apology, he called the entertainment industry “flawed,” noting that it sets white men “up for success.”