Update 04/03/2021 10:21am:
It was clear that there were issues between both Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake after the infamous nip slip incident at the 2004 Super Bowl. Recently, Justin Timberlake issued another formal apology to Jackson after the release of Britney Spears’ documentary, which painted the NSYNC singer in a different light. While the apology seemed to be heartfelt, Justin Timberlake’s manager Johnny Wright is singing a different tune directly to Jackson.
Via Instagram, Janet made a post that said “Always choose to heal, not hurt. To forgive, not to despise. To persevere, not to quit. To smile, not to frown. And to love, not to hate.” Timberlake’s manager, who is also Jackson’s former manager, hopped in the comments and said “You should take this advice and apply it to your relationship with Justin.” According to a source from Timberlake’s camp, he did not know that Wright was going to make the comment to Jackson, saying Timberlake was “completely unaware,” and that “Johnny did this all on his own.” Stay tuned for more updates.
source: Page Six
Original 02/12/2021 12:48pm:
Justin Timberlake issued an apology to Britney Spears for the unkind things he said about her after their break-up, which received renewed scrutiny in light of the New York Times' documentary, Framing Britney Spears. The documentary showed how the media blamed Britney for the break-up of her high-profile relationship with Justin in the early 2000s, including an interview with Diane Sawyer asking Britney what she did to break Justin's heart.
In his apology, Justin states, "I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond,” he wrote. “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 added, "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." He went on to blame the industry for elevating white men, and Justin acknowledges that his apology doesn't absolve his past actions.
As for Janet Jackson, Timberlake never defended her publicly after he pulled back part of her costume during their 2004 Super Bowl Halftime performance, exposing her breast. The incident led to Janet being asked to publicly apologize. Meanwhile, Justin was asked to return and perform as the headliner for the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show in 2018.
You can read his full apology above.