Janet Jackson Will Not Be Performing with Justin Timberlake at His Super Bowl Halftime Show
Janet Jackson is setting the record straight.
“To put to rest any speculation or rumors as to whether I will be performing at the Super Bowl tomorrow: I will not,” Jackson said in a statement to PEOPLE.
She added, “Thank you for your support and I do look forward to seeing you all very soon.”
The news comes on the same day that Jackson’s family members told the New York Post that they still hadn’t forgiven the “Filthy” singer, 37, for the infamous wardrobe malfunction during their 2004 Super Bowl performance.
The Jackson family patriarch, Joseph Jackson, told outlet that the only way for Timberlake to truly make amends was to invite the “Rhythm Nation” singer, 51, onstage with him.
“If he’s such a gentleman, he’d make sure Janet is there,” he said.
Another unidentified family member told the outlet, “Justin’s solo career took off after that and Janet was blackballed. He says they are good, but let’s see him prove it and bring her out.”
The infamous incident happened when the duo performed rendition of his hit “Rock Your Body.” Timberlake went to remove Jackson’s corset and accidentally tore off her bra, exposing her breast to a national audience.
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The performance sparked outcry from family groups and was dubbed “Nipplegate.” Both artists issued apologies, although that didn’t prevent the Federal Communication Commission from charging CBS — who broadcast the game that year — with a $550,000 fine.
When Timberlake was announced as the performer for this year’s halftime show, Jackson began trending with the #JusticeForJanet hashtag.
Timberlake opened up about the incident in January, claiming the two singers have made amends.
“I stumbled through it, to be quite honest,” he said in a radio interview. “I had my wires crossed and it’s just something that you have to look back on and go like, ‘Okay, well you know, you can’t change what’s happened but you can move forward and learn from it.’”
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Timberlake also seemingly shut down rumors that Jackson would make a cameo during his Super Bowl halftime show when he told reporters at a press conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Thursday that he wouldn’t be sharing the stage with any special guests.
“To be honest, I had a ton of grand ideas about special guests. There’s a whole list. I think Vegas has a lot of odds on it, from ‘NSYNC to Jay to Chris Stapleton to Janet,” he said, before adding that he wanted to shine the spotlight on his trusty longtime band, the Tennessee Kids, instead. “I feel like they’re my special guests and I’m excited to rock the stage.”
This is Timberlake’s third time performing at the Super Bowl. He and ’NSYNC joined a star-studded lineup at the 2001 championship game alongside Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly.
Super Bowl LII will be played Sunday, Feb. 4 at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota and will air live on NBC.
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