Although we do love literally anything that gives us the feels we’re back in the 00’s, this is one story that Justin Timberlake is probably wishing would piss off.
Stylist Wayne Scot Lukas claims that Justin Timberlake intentionally staged Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Super Bowl in order to one-up Britney Spears – who had made headlines for kissing Madonna at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The stunt came into the public consciousness again earlier this year when JT apologized to Britney Spears, following the release of NYT’s Framing Britney Spears, which provoked an outpouring of sympathy for Britney because of the way she was ‘handled’ by press and media at such a young age in her career.
Scot Lukas told Page Six that Justin “insisted on doing something bigger than their performance. He wanted a reveal.” Apparently the original plan involved Justin stepping on the back of Janet’s dress to expose a pearl G-string: “Janet was going to be in a Rocha dress, and [Justin] was going to step on the back of her dress to reveal her butt in this pearl G-string,” he said, explaining plans changed before the performance.
Justin called the incident a “wardrobe malfunction,” which Scott Lukas takes issue with. “I wouldn’t call it a wardrobe ‘malfunction’ in a million years,” he told Page Six. “It was the most functioning wardrobe in history. As a stylist, it did what it was intended to do.”
Justin has yet to respond publicly. See his earlier apology below