Justin timberlake và britney spears

Justin Timberlake has apologised khổng lồ Britney Spears after a new documentary led lớn criticism of how he treated her during and after their relationship.

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Framing Britney Spears featured archive clips of Timberlake discussing his sexual relationship with the singer.

In a statement on Instagram on Friday, Timberlake said he was "deeply sorry" and wanted to lớn "take accountability".

He also apologised to lớn Janet Jackson, after failing to lớn support her over their controversial Super Bowl performance.

After their split, he indirectly accused her of cheating on him when he hired a lookalike actress lớn appear in the video for his single Cry Me A River.

"I've seen the messages, tags, comments, & concerns and I want to lớn respond. I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed lớn 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 & in many others và benefited from a system that condones misogyny & racism.

"I specifically want lớn apologise to Britney Spears & Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for & respect these women và I know I failed. I also feel compelled lớn respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly, because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want lớn be part of và grow from.

"The industry is flawed. It sets men, especially White men, up for success. It's designed this way. As a man in a privileged position I have sầu to be vocal about this. Because of my ignorance, I didn't recognise it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life but I vì not want to ever benefit from others being pulled down again.

"I have sầu not been perfect in navigating all of this throughout my career. I know this apology is a first step và doesn't absolve sầu 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 và supports. I care deeply about the wellbeing of the people I love & have sầu loved. I can do better and I will vị better."

After finding fame at the end of the 1990s, Spears said she was waiting until she was married to lose her virginity.

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But during a radio interview, a clip of which features in the documentary, Timberlake publicly revealed that they had slept together.

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Two years later, at the 2004 Super Bowl, Timberlake performed with Janet Jackson, accidentally exposing her breast. The "wardrobe malfunction", as it became known, led lớn outcry & complaints from viewers.

Although both apologised, Jackson absorbed the bulk of the negative publiđô thị. She was fined và blacklisted by US radio and MTV, & Timberlake's failure to lớn publicly support her was heavily criticised in later years.

Interest in Spears has been renewed by the release of the New York Times documentary, which examines how Spears has been treated throughout her career.

It has led khổng lồ criticism of Timberlake và other figures including journamenu Diane Sawyer, who told Spears during a 2003 interview she had "disappointed a lot of mothers", và gossip blogger Perez Hilton, who was involved in the coverage of her 2007 breakdown.

The film also goes inlớn detail about the singer's conservatorship, a legal arrangement that has given her father Jamie Spears control over her career & financial affairs since 2008.

However on Thursday, a judge upheld a previous ruling that made a financial company a co-conservator for the singer, & rejected Mr Spears' request lớn keep his previous màn chơi of power over his daughter's investments.