Janet Jackson Thanks Fans in Emotional Video a Day After Justin Timberlake Apology

"I was at home just the other day by myself and I began to cry."

Janet Jackson recently shared an emotional video to her Twitter account that's leading many fans to believe it's a response to Justin Timberlake's apology. After the Framing Britney documentary was released, Justin began receiving backlash for his treatment of Britney Spears and Janet over the years. On February 12, Justin shared an apology statement on Instagram and the next day, Janet explained how she's been feeling recently.

"I was at home just the other day by myself and I began to cry. I was crying because I was so thankful for all that God has blessed me with," she began in the video. "All that he has given me and I'm so thankful for him being in my life, and I'm so thankful for all of you being in my life."

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In the weeks after the doc's released, her album, Control, has been topping the charts. "You're so special to me and I want to thank all of you for making Control No. 1 once again after 35 years," she continued. "I never, never in a million years, I would never think that this would happen. I really appreciate you and I love you so, so much. Thank you."

Justin's apology included an admission that he "did not speak up for what was right." In part, he was referencing the public outrage Janet received after he exposed her nipple on camera during their Super Bowl 2004 performance. He didn't defend her when she was publically slut-shamed for it.

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Janet spoke about the experience in an interview with Opray Winfrey in 2006. “I think they did put all the emphasis on me. And as opposed to us,” she explained. “I have to say just to let people know that Justin has reached out—we haven't spoken, but he has reached out to speak with me—and, like I said, friendship is very important to me and certain things you just don't do to friends. In my own time, I'll give him a call.”

You can read Justin's recent statement below:

I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond. I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.

I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed.

I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly, because this is al larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be part of and grow from…

The industry is flawed. It sets men, especially white men, up for success. It’s designed this way. As a man in a privileged position I have to be vocal about this. Because of my ignorance, I didn’t recognize it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life but I do not want to ever benefit from others being pulled down again.

I have not been perfect in navigating all of this throughout my career. I know this apology is a first step and doesn’t absolve the past. I want to take accountability for my own missteps in all of this as well as be part of a world that uplifts and supports.

I care deeply about the wellbeing of the people I love and have loved. I can do better and I will do better.

Better late than never, I guess.


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Paulina Jayne Isaac

Paulina is the Weekend Editor at Cosmopolitan.com. When she isn’t covering celeb and pop culture news, she can be found listening to Taylor Swift, watching a teen drama (One Tree Hill is her favorite), or perfecting her skincare routine.