As anybody who watched the 2004 performance will recall, the two stars were singing the song: “Rock Your Body” together.
However, as Timberlake sang the lyrics “I am going to have you nude by the end of [this song],” he removed a portion of Jackson’s costume, thus exposing her breast.
Although there were rumors, at that time, that the incident had been planned, Jackson claimed that only a portion—the black vinyl exterior—of her outfit was supposed to be torn off.
Timberlake, claimed that the female singer used the phrase “wardrobe malfunction” while trying to describe it. Both apologized to each other, though.
But each one of the stars had a different view to the disagreement, with Jackson seeing immediate consequences to her career — her music was blacklisted on several radio stations, and she was banned from attending the 2014 Grammys— while Timberlake’s career seemed unaffected.
A few days ago Timberlake spoke about the controversy. And when asked if he and singer Jackson are now in good terms, he said, “Absolutely.”
Although he didn’t reveal what they discussed in their reconciliatory meeting, Timberlake insists they are fine now.
“I am not aware if many people know that,” explained the ‘Man of the Woods’ singer. “I mean, I don’t think that it’s my job to do that (to tell everyone what we discussed with Jackson) because I value the relationships that I have with people.”
Still, while he says he’s good relationship with Jackson, Timberlake also had to explain why he canceled all the upcoming shows that he had been expected to perform alongside the female singer.
“Naturally that wouldn’t have happened,” he said. “But that’s something Jackson and I talked about.”
The singer even shared some of the issues they talked with Jackson.
“The conversation was not that long,” Timberlake recalls. “Among the things we talked were: What do you want to hear from me? Like, ‘we’re not going to do that again’?”
All in all, fans will get another chance to see singer Timberlake hits the halftime stage again, on February 4, after a 14-year break.