Exclusive: Justin Timberlake Says Janet Jackson Nipplegate ‘Hit Me Like a Tornado’

Time magazine heralded Justin Timberlake as the Super Bowl comeback kid, touting his newest big-screen redo in “What’s the 411?” Eight years ago, Timberlake experienced a career resurrection in the same game as his…

Exclusive: Justin Timberlake Says Janet Jackson Nipplegate 'Hit Me Like a Tornado'

Time magazine heralded Justin Timberlake as the Super Bowl comeback kid, touting his newest big-screen redo in “What’s the 411?”

Eight years ago, Timberlake experienced a career resurrection in the same game as his second run as the featured performer on Janet Jackson’s “Nipplegate.”

Jackson quickly removed her clothes in the middle of her performance, exposing part of her breast during the halftime show and bringing the show back into the spotlight again and getting Jackson a nod as entertainer of the decade.

Then the heavens opened.

Timberlake knelt in apology after a video made its way across the Internet of the singer and dancer ripping the costume off Jackson’s bustier.

“I didn’t see it,” Timberlake told “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno in 2014 of the now infamous moment. “I came back with that intention of just trying to have a fun time and I didn’t see it.”

Timberlake and Jackson have both apologized for the incident and the singer placed the blame on Jackson.

“Janet Jackson and I are good. That’s what I can say and that’s all I can say,” Timberlake told Jimmy Fallon in a red carpet interview on Feb. 1, the day of the Super Bowl.

Timberlake has since admitted to never apologizing to Jackson and called the incident one of the worst moments of his life.

“That whole night I felt like I failed. I can still remember, this is, like, eight years ago, feeling like I had failed. I felt like I had messed up for me, my fans, for my parents, for my friends, for my career, and as soon as that camera went off, as soon as I was in the lights and my team was looking at me, I felt like, no, no, no, I’ve got to get up off that floor. That night I had no idea how much it hurt. I had no idea,” Timberlake told Rolling Stone in February.

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