The trio discussed the mea culpa on SiriusXM’s “Radio Andy” on Wednesday and said they appreciated his long-awaited words.
“You know, it takes a man to step up and do that, so we do thank him for doing that,” Marlon said.
“But we’d like to move forward because that was out there, the negativity about it,” Marlon, 64, continued. “But, as they say in the old days, as long as they’re talking about you, good or bad, you’re still in the public’s eye.”
“We thank you, Justin, for what you did,” Marlon added.
Janet Jackson’s brothers are thanking Justin Timberlake for his apology. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Jackie, 70, added that it was nice that the “Can’t Stop the Feeling” crooner apologized publicly “because it kind of hurt Janet in the past. So for him to step up and say that, it means a whole lot.”
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“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,” he continued. “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.”
Justin Timberlake and the notorious ‘wardrobe malfunction’ with Janet Jackson during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, seen here.
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The “Rhythm Nation” singer has yet to publicly address Timberlake’s apology.
Janet fans have long accused Timberlake of throwing the singer under the bus after their infamous halftime show performance, where he exposed her breast on stage. Jackson’s career took a major hit, with CBS’ Les Moonves reportedly blackballing her from the industry as Timberlake’s burgeoning solo career soared.
In 2006, he told MTV: “If you consider it 50-50, then I probably got 10 percent of the blame. I think America is harsher on women. I think America is unfairly harsh on ethnic people.”
That same year, Jackson, now 54, told Oprah she believes Timberlake did leave her hanging.
“All the emphasis was put on me, not on Justin. We were friends … And I’m very loyal and friendship is very important to me, and certain things you just don’t do to friends,” she said.
Page Six exclusively reported in April that Timberlake and Janet’s Super Bowl saga will get the “Framing Britney Spears” documentary treatment.
A source said, “It’s going to be all about the fallout and the suits who f–ked over Janet [at] Viacom,” the company that owned MTV — which produced the halftime show — and CBS, which broadcast the game.
“They’re reaching out to everyone who was involved: dancers, stylists, directors. Everyone,” said the source.
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