Read Justin Timberlake's Apology to Janet Jackson and Britney Spears: "I Can Do Better"

Chanel Vargas
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US singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake attends the 2019 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
US singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake attends the 2019 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

Justin Timberlake has issued a statement apologizing to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson shortly following the release of Hulu's Framing Britney Spears documentary, which detailed the misogynistic narrative surrounding the singer's split from Justin in 2002. Following their breakup, Justin publicly accused Britney of cheating on him and bragged about sleeping with Britney in several interviews.

"This is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be part of and grow from."

"I've seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond," he wrote in an Instagram posts on Feb. 12. "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. 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. I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly, because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be part of and grow from . . ." The statement comes shortly after the court ruled that Britney's father, Jamie, will no longer have sole control over her conservatorship.

The singer also addressed the apology to Janet Jackson, alluding to the controversial Super Bowl XXXVIII moment where he accidentally tore off part of Janet's top and exposed her bare breast on live TV. Justin went on to place blame on the media for his ignorance in handling these situtations. "The industry is flawed. It sets men, especially white men, up for success," he said. "It's designed this way. As a man in a privileged position I have to be vocal about this. Because of my ignorance, I didn't recognize it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life but I do not want to ever benefit from others being pulled down again. I have not been perfect in navigating all of this throughout my career. I know this apology is a first step and doesn't absolve the past. I want to take accountability for my own missteps in all of this as well as be part of a world that uplifts and supports. I care deeply about the wellbeing of the people I love and have loved. I can do better and I will do better." Read his full statement below.