Janet Jackson will not reunite with Justin Timberlake at Super Bowl LII, despite her family’s wishes.
The “Rhythm Nation” singer confirmed the news in a statement obtained by ET Canada. “To put to rest any speculation or rumours as to whether I will be performing at the Super Bowl tomorrow; I will not,” said Jackson. “Thank you for your support and I do look forward to seeing you all very soon.”
Unfortunately, Jackson’s lack of involvement means her family won’t completely forgive Timberlake for the infamous 2004 wardrobe malfunction dubbed “Nipplegate.”
Timberlake famously tore off a piece of Jackson’s clothing during their 2004 Super Bowl halftime show performance, accidentally exposing the singer’s breast. Both artists issued apologies and CBS was charged a $550,000 indecency fine.
“If he’s such a gentleman, he’d make sure Janet is there,” Jackson’s father Joseph Jackson said — according to People.
“Justin’s solo career took off after that and Janet was blackballed,” added another unidentified family member. “He says they are good, but let’s see him prove it and bring her out.”
Timberlake said last month the two made amends: “I don’t know that a lot of people know that. I don’t think it’s my job to do that because you value the relationships that you do have with people.”
J.T. will take centre stage at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday.