Monday 16 September 2019

Justin Timberlake rules out Janet Jackson appearance at Super Bowl

Timberlake is doing the half-time show for a third time and the first since his controversial appearance with Jackson in 2004.

Justin Timberlake is doing the Super Bowl half-time show on Sunday (Ian West/PA)
Justin Timberlake is doing the Super Bowl half-time show on Sunday (Ian West/PA)

By Liam Blackburn, Press Association Sport, Minneapolis

Justin Timberlake has ruled out being joined on stage by either Janet Jackson or his former NSYNC bandmates for this Sunday’s Super Bowl half-time show in Minneapolis.

Timberlake will perform at the event for the third time, and the first since 2004 in Houston, when he ripped Jackson’s top and briefly exposed her breast, which was covered by a nipple shield, in a wardrobe malfunction.

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Bookmakers are currently taking bets on whether Timberlake will use Jackson as part of his display at US Bank Stadium for Super Bowl LII, but he dismissed both that suggestion and a reunion with his old band NSYNC, who were involved in the 2001 half-time show.

Asked about the possibility of having NYSNC or Jackson as special guests, Timberlake said: “Well, no.

“To be honest, I had a ton of grand ideas about special guests. We talked about it a lot. There’s a whole list.

“I think Vegas has a lot of odds on it, I heard. From NSYNC to Jay(-Z), to Chris Stapleton to Janet. But this year I’m just excited.

“My band, the Tennessee Kids, I feel like they’re my special guests and I’m excited this year to rock the stage. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The New England Patriots will play the Philadelphia Eagles at Super Bowl LII on Sunday.

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