Janet Jackson‘s family have revealed that they’ve still not forgiven Justin Timberlake for ‘Nipplegate’.
The controversial event happened during the pair’s Super Bowl halftime performance in 2004, when Jackson invited Timberlake on stage to perform his track ‘Rock Your Body’.
After the ‘Bet I have you naked by the end of this song’ line, he was supposed to rip off the front of her bustier, but instead removed part of her bra, exposing her jewel-adorned nipple – later putting it down to a “wardrobe malfunction”.
The incident affected Jackson’s career for years, with the singer forced to film an apology, but Timberlake continued to gain success – something Janet Jackson’s family are not happy about.
Speaking to the New York Post, the singer’s father referenced the fact that Timberlake is performing at tonight’s (February 4) Super Bowl show, saying: “If he’s such a gentleman, he’d make sure Janet is there.”
“Justin’s solo career took off after that and Janet was blackballed,” another family member said.
“He says they are good, but let’s see him prove it and bring her out.”
I DO have the time. Half the time…#PepsiHalftime #SBLII @Pepsi @NFL @JimmyFallon @FallonTonight pic.twitter.com/4Z4Dz29l3X
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) October 23, 2017
Back in October, Janet said said she was “open” to the prospect of performing with him again, however it’s since been confirmed that she won’t be appearing on stage tonight in Minneapolis.
Speaking to TMZ, the singer revealed: “To put to rest any speculation or rumours as to whether I will be performing at the Super Bowl tomorrow: I will not.
“Thank you for your support and I do look forward to seeing you all very soon.”
Since it was announced that Timberlake would be performing at the halftime show, many social media users started using the #JusticeForJanet hashtag.
Yesterday it was revealed that the ‘Man of the Woods‘ singer’s performance would feature a hologram of Prince, however it has since been confirmed this won’t be happening, following backlash from the singer’s friend, Sheila E.
The late artist, who passed away in 2016, famously performed at the Super Bowl Halftime Show back in 2007.
Meanwhile, Dylan Farrow has criticised Justin Timberlake for supporting the #TimesUp campaign while simultaneously supporting her adoptive father Woody Allen, who she claims sexually abused her as a child.
Rose McGowan also accused the singer of “fake” support after he tweeted how hot wife Jessica Biel looked, along with the #TimesUp hashtag.