Jessica Biel responds to Justin Timberlake's apology to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson

Zoe Shenton
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Photo credit: Rodin Eckenroth
Photo credit: Rodin Eckenroth

From Cosmopolitan

On Friday, Justin Timberlake issued a lengthy apology to ex-girlfriend Britney Spears after the New York Times Framing Britney Spears documentary shone a light on their split. As well as exploring the singer's meteoric rise to fame and her long-standing legal arrangements, it also highlighted how Justin's interviews and music videos painted the pop star as the villain in their break up.

Watch: Jessica Biel supports Justin Timberlake after Britney Spears apology

After watching the documentary, some of Britney's fans immediately took to social media to call out the star, and Justin eventually responded to the backlash. While the comments have so far been mixed, he does have the support of his wife, Jessica Biel, who left a sweet message on her husband's Instagram apology.

"I love you ❤️," Jessica, who has been married to Justin since 2012 , wrote.

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Photo credit: Instagram

Justin had earlier written on Instagram that he was aware of the "concerns" that had been raised following the Free Britney Spears documentary and wanted to address them. "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 write," he shared.

"I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism."

As well as apologising to Britney, he also said sorry to Janet Jackson for the headline-hitting 'wardrobe malfunction' at the Super Bowl in 2004.

Photo credit: Ron Galella, Ltd/Getty
Photo credit: Ron Galella, Ltd/Getty

"I specifically want to apologise to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed." Justin and Britney dated from 1998 to 2002, and following their split he famously released track Cry Me A River which featured a Britney look-a-like.

Since it was released, Framing Britney Spears has prompted a renewed interest in the #FreeBritney movement and countless celebrities have now spoken out in support of the singer. Meanwhile, Britney herself appeared to address the documentary in a post shared to her Instagram account. Alongside a picture of her performing 'Toxic' on stage, she told fans she's "taking the time to learn and be a normal person".

She added, "Remember, no matter what we think we know about a person's life it is nothing compared to the actual person living behind the lens."

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