In a new interview with Charming, the five-time Grammy Award winner opened up about what helped pull her through the backlash that occurred after the show’s halftime. In the now infamous show, co-star Justin Timberlake grabbed Jackson’s breasts in a planned move – resulting in her right breast being exposed for an unplanned short time.
As a result of the incident, Jackson has faced an unprecedented amount of criticism, most recently explored in the 2021 New York Times documentary, “Incident: Janet Jackson’s Change“and the FCC fined CBS $550,000. Not just Jackson the main goal of the title made fun of her at her expense, but her subsequent album, “Damita Jo,” did not perform as well as expected, while Timberlake’s career flourished. He was also invited back to perform at Super Bowl halftime performance in 2018.
After being asked how she weathered that particular “storm,” Jackson told the salesperson, “It was really important to get back to that foundation. Not just family, It’s God. That’s what really pulled me through,” adding, “It’s hard for me to talk about that time.”
And while public interest hasn’t waned more than 17 years after the televised incident, it’s worth noting that Jackson only mentioned the incident a few times before she had Allure. The first time was back in 2004, when Jackson issued a public apology shortly after the incident; and with the second taking place in a sit-down interview on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2006.
Jackson told the presenter that the incident of confusion was a “very embarrassing moment” Oprah Winfrey that she regretted issuing an apology at the time because, “It was an accident. And my management at the time, they thought it was important that I did it.. And I said to them, ‘Why am I apologizing for an accident?'”
In her 2006 interview, Jackson – who will also report breakdown in her upcoming Lifetime documentary – noted the difference between the public’s reaction to her and her counterpart, Timberlake, in part telling Winfrey, “All the focus is on me.”
In February 2021, Timberlake makes a public apology for Jackson.
Now, “whether I want to be part of that conversation or not, I’m part of that conversation,” she told Allure. “I think that’s very important. Not just for me, but for women. So I think it’s important to have had the conversation. You know what I mean? And everything was clear. change for the better.”
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