Justin Timberlake is headlining this year's Super Bowl Halftime Show, an event that probably brings up terrible memories for the Grammy-winning musician. Timberlake recently spoke with Beats 1 about performing at the Superbowl again after the 2004 wardrobe malfunction with Janet Jackson.
"I stumbled through it ... to be quite honest, I had my wires crossed," he said of the incident, where he unlatched a portion of Jackson's costume, accidentally revealing her breast to millions of people.
"It's just something that you have to look back on and go, 'OK, you can't change what's happened, but you can move forward and learn from it ... It's just one of those things were you go, like, 'Yeah, what do you want me to say?' We're not going to do that again," said Timberlake.
Zane Lowe, the host for Beats 1, also asked Timberlake if he and Jackson had time to reconcile with each other's feelings amid the aftermath of the incident. He said, "absolutely," and that he was surprised a lot of people didn't know he's made peace with Jackson since.
The incident, labeled "Nipplegate," became a huge controversy for everyone involved, including the two performers, the network, and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, who charged CBS, which aired the Super Bowl that year, a $550,000 fine for indecency. Both Timberlake and Jackson apologized for the wardrobe malfunction.
The singer, who recently released a new track called "Filthy," is set to release his latest album, called Man of the Woods, on Feb. 2, just a couple days before he performs at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. He has described the album as "modern Americana with 808s," hinting it would fuse together modern musical elements with country-esque sounds, a callback to his Tennessee upbringing.
He has also released a teaser for a short documentary that chronicles the making of Man of the Woods, featuring top producers the likes of Pharrell Williams and Timbaland. In it, he talks about genre-mixing and using where he came from as an inspiration.
"We talk about those, like, Southern guitars and the sound that feels like heritage — that is me exercising my love for where I came from. But then you mix it with something modern — that's just like, where we are today. To me, if you can put those two things together, that's like an equation for life."
Timberlake's forthcoming Halftime Show performance marks his fourth time appearing at the much-anticipated sports event.