Janet Jackson has decided to set the record straight after her infamous on-stage scandal with Justin Timberlake from 2004. Today, Jackson is 55, and she has been making a documentary about her life.
The scandal is one of the issues she has recently addressed.
To begin with, she believes that the issue was blown out of proportion, although it was an unfortunate accident that shouldn't have happened in the first place.
More importantly, she thinks we should all stop looking for someone to blame over what happened:
"Justin and I are very good friends, and we will always be very good friends. We spoke just a few days ago. He and I have moved on, and it's time for everyone else to do the same."
For years, Timberlake, 40, has been getting some of the blame over the incident. He exposed Jackson's breast to an audience of about 140 million people while performing the song, Rock Your Body.
The incident was then called "Nipplegate," resulting in a boost in Timberlake's record sales. Unfortunately, Jackson was pretty much blocklisted from the industry, with her music being removed from TV stations and radios.
In the documentary, she said that she had spoken to Justin and advised him that he should not say anything since they were putting all the blame on her.
In a 2006 interview with Oprah, she had mentioned that all the emphasis was put on her and not the both of them. She also claimed that to some extent, she felt that the "Cry Me A River" singer had left her hanging.
Back in 2018, Timberlake claimed to have taken time to make amends with Janet after the incident, although he also said he did not think a lot of people knew about it.
He also issued a public apology to Janet after Britney Spears' documentary, Framing Britney Spears, was released. The documentary had explored the romantic relationship he had with the "Toxic" singer.
Timberlake also apologized to Spears for the times he "spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right." He noted that he had benefited from a system that is tolerant towards misogyny and racism.
He described himself as having failed against Britney Spears and Janet Jackson despite caring for them and respecting them deeply. Timberlake went on to say that the industry was "flawed" and "sets men, especially white men, up for success."
Following the apology, Janet's brothers, Tito, Marlon, and Jackie, expressed their appreciation for the words and said it was time to move on. Now, Janet Jackson also seems to think it's time everyone moved on from the incident.