Janet Jackson thanks fans for support as album Control tops charts after Justin Timberlake apology

Janet Jackson thanks fans for support as album Control tops charts after Justin Timberlake apology
Janet Jackson thanks fans for support as album Control tops charts after Justin Timberlake apology
Janet Jackson thanked her fans (Picture: Getty/Janet Jackson/Instagram)

Janet Jackson has thanked her fans for all their support after her album Control shot back up the charts after 35 years.

The singer, who Justin Timberlake recently apologised to, along with Britney Spears, sent a message directly to her fans.

‘I was at home just the other day by myself and I began to cry. I was crying because I was so thankful for all that God has blessed me with, all he’s given me,’ the 54-year-old said in a video on Instagram.

‘And I’m so thankful for him being in my life and I’m so thankful for all of you being in my life. You’re so special to me and I want to thank all of you for making Control number one once again after 35 years.

‘I never, never in a million years – I would never think that this would happen. I really appreciate you and I love you so, so much. Thank you.’

Control was released in February 1986 and, at the time, became Janet’s first album to top the Billboard Chart.

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The album also landed a nomination for album of the year at the Grammys and won producer of the year for Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in 1987.

Janet’s message comes just a day after Justin directly addressed her and Britney, apologising for his past actions.

The singer was trending over the weekend after Hulu’s Framing Britney Spears documentary highlighted ways in which he benefited from the former couple’s famous split, while he was also trending for failing to help Janet deal with the fallout of their 2014 Super Bowl performance.

Taking to Instagram on Friday, the 40-year-old wrote: ‘I’ve seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond. ‘I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right.’

Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl.
Justin apologised to Janet (Picture: FilmMagic)

He continued: ‘I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.

‘I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed. I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly, because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be part of and grow from.’

The Palmer actor added: ‘The industry is flawed. It sets men, especially white men, up for success. It’s designed this way. As a man in a privileged position I have to be vocal about this.

‘Because of my ignorance, I didn’t recognize it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life but I do not want to ever benefit from others being pulled down again. I have not been perfect in navigating all of this throughout my career.’

He concluded: ‘I know this apology is a first step and doesn’t absolve the past. I want to take accountability for my own missteps in all of this as well as be part of a world that uplifts and supports. I care deeply about the wellbeing of the people I love and have loved. I can do better and I will do better.’

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Author: Louise Griffin