After much speculation, superstar musical icon Janet Jackson is setting the record straight. She is not performing alongside Justin Timberlake as he returns to the Superbowl Halftime stage this year.
Rumors have circulated since Timberlake was named the Halftime performer that he may include Jackson, who he performed with years ago during the halftime show when a wardrobe malfunction became a downright scandal.
So much so that the FCC actually implemented a 5-second time delay on all halftime performances since.
Jackson told People magazine that she wanted to put the speculation to rest and that she wouldn’t be performing. Many fans have been critical of the way the incident was handled years ago.
For all intents and purposes, afterward Timberlake’s solo career boomed and Jackson was shamed and the butt of the joke.
Many people think that Timberlake handled the situation poorly: namely Jackson’s famous family. Patriarch Joe Jackson even commented that if there are no hard feelings and complete understanding from Timberlake, he should without a doubt have Jackson on stage with him again.
Looks like that isn’t happening though whether an invitation was extended or not remains to be seen. One thing is for sure that Jackson isn’t going to be gracing the stage. While Timberlake has squashed any rumors that the two of them have beef or ill will, Jackson has never publically commented on how she truly feels about the incident and how it was handled.
Some are questioning how both gender and race played a part in the differences of how both Timberlake and Jackson were treated in the aftermath of the incident.
In her statement, Jackson thanked her fans for their unwavering and continued support while also saying that she can’t wait to see what’s next.
Currently, she is in the midst of her tour titled State Of The World that has been getting much praise.
This 51-year-old legend is going to be just fine with or without the stage at the Superbowl, her career and imprint on music cannot be lessened by a wardrobe malfunction scandal that’s still being talked about years later.