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    Janet Jackson Spoke About Her 2004 Super Bowl Performance And Her Relationship With Justin Timberlake

    "This whole thing was blown way out of proportion."

    Janet Jackson looked back at her 2004 Super Bowl halftime show and her relationship with Justin Timberlake in her new documentary, Janet.

    Janet and Justin performing at the halftime show

    During her performance, Justin ripped off some fabric from Janet's outfit and briefly exposed her breast. In the aftermath, Janet's and Justin's careers took remarkably different turns: Justin was able to joke about the incident, while Janet's career never quite recovered, likely driven by a mix of industry sabotage and boycotts.

    Justin singing as he walks behind Janet onstage during their Super Bowl performance

    Fast-forward to last year, when Justin issued a public apology to Janet following the release of the documentary Framing Britney Spears, writing, "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."

    Full-length photo of Janet and Justin performing

    Speaking now in her documentary, Janet reportedly said, “Honestly, this whole thing was blown way out of proportion."

    Janet on the Grammys red carpet

    She continued, "Of course, it was an accident that should not have happened, but everyone is looking for someone to blame, and that’s got to stop.”

    Janet on the red carpet

    Janet added, “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.”

    Justin on the red carpet

    She concluded, "We talked once and [Justin] said, ‘I don’t know if I should come out and make a statement.’ And I said, ‘Listen, I don’t want any drama for you. They’re aiming all of this at me.’ So I said, ‘If I were you, I wouldn’t say anything.’”

    Janet cupping her breast as she stands next to Justin onstage

    Of course, Justin did end up discussing the incident. Right after the Super Bowl, he told one reporter, "I love giving y'all something to talk about." A few days later he issued an apology, before Janet made the first of her many public apologies. At the Grammys the following week, he said, "What occurred was unintentional, completely regrettable, and I completely apologize if you were offended" while laughing.

    Justin smiling

    You can read more about the documentary here.