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Justin Timberlake Promises No 2004 Super Bowl Repeat, "We're not going to do that again."

by Newsdesk

Justin Timberlake secured his headlining slot for the 2018 Super Bowl Halftime Show after vowing not to pull another eye-popping stunt like he did with Janet Jackson in 2004.

The Can't Stop the Feeling! hitmaker was recently confirmed as the main performer for the February sporting extravaganza, which will take place 14 years after his infamous set with Janet, in which he ripped off part of her outfit to unintentionally reveal her breast.

The scandal has since become known as "Nipplegate", and Justin admits he had to give his word to National Football League bosses not to stage a similar controversy during negotiations for the big gig.

"Naturally, that's something we talked about," the pop superstar told Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe in a new Apple Music interview, set to air on Thursday (January 18). "To be honest, it wasn't too much of a conversation. It's just one of those things where you go like, 'Yeah, what do you want me to say? We're not going to do that again.'"

Reflecting on the 2004 snafu and its aftermath with Lowe, the singer said, "I stumbled through it (the performance), to be quite honest. I had my wires crossed and it's just something that you have to look back on and go like, 'OK, well you know, you can't change what's happened but you can move forward and learn from it.'"

At the time of the incident, Justin was heavily criticised for trying to distance himself from the public uproar by insisting he had no idea Janet planned to expose her breast - if that, indeed, was her intention, but he makes it clear the two artists were "absolutely" able to make peace in private.

"I don't know that a lot of people know that," he added. "I don't think it's my job to do that (publicize their conversation) because you value the relationships that you do have with people."

Timberlake will hit the stage for the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show on February 4 at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, two days after releasing his new album, Man of the Woods.