In a lengthy social media post, US pop star Justin Timberlake says that he wants to apologise to singers Britney Spears and Janet Jackson “because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed”.
“I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond. 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,” he wrote. “I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.”
Timberlake’s social media post comes a week after the release of The New York Times’ documentary, Framing Britney Spears, the FX and Hulu film that takes a historical look at the circumstances that led to Spears’ conservatorship in 2008 and highlights the #FreeBritney movement of fans who want to see her released from it and given control of her life.
Spears’ business and personal affairs have been controlled by court-appointed conservators since 2008.
Representatives for Jackson and Spears did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Friday.