• Janet Jackson's brothers said they appreciated Justin Timberlake's public apology to her
  • Marlon Jackson said the family would like to "move forward" from the "negativity"
  • Jackie said the Super Bowl controversy and its aftermath "hurt" their sister at the time

Janet Jackson's family has addressed Justin Timberlake's public apology to her over their controversial Super Bowl halftime show performance in 2004, saying they want to "move forward" from the drama.

Timberlake issued a public apology to the "All For You" singer in February, 17 years after he ripped part of Jackson's costume in the finale of their Super Bowl performance, exposing her breast. At the time, only Jackson came under fire for the incident.

On Wednesday, Jackson's brothers, Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson, addressed Timberlake's apology when they appeared virtually on SiriusXM's "Radio Andy." Marlon told host Andy Cohen that though his apology was belated, they appreciated Timberlake's gesture.

"You know, it takes a man to step up and do that, so we do thank him for doing that," he was quoted by E! News as saying. "But we'd like to move forward because that was out there, the negativity about it. they say in the old days: Long as they're talking about you, good or bad, you still in the public's eye."

Jackie added that the scandal "hurt" the "Rhythm Nation" singer at the time.

"It was nice that [Justin] did something like that because it kind of hurt Janet, you know, in the past. For him to step up and say that … it means a whole lot," Jackie said.

Jackson herself has yet to publicly comment on Timberlake's gesture.

In his lengthy apology, which he posted on Instagram, Timberlake apologized to both Jackson and his ex-girlfriend Britney Spears for his past "ignorance." He also acknowledged that he was benefiting "from a system that condones misogyny and racism."

"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. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism," Timberlake wrote.

"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," he added.

His statement came after the release of The New York Times documentary "Framing Britney Spears," which sparked plenty of online discussions over Timberlake's past behavior.

Meanwhile, the stylist behind Jackson's costume earlier claimed that there was no "wardrobe malfunction" because it worked as designed.

Wayne Scot Lukas told Page Six that Timberlake allegedly pushed for the ripping incident to one-up Spears, Madonna and Christina Aguilera, who made headlines months earlier when they kissed at the MTV Video Music Awards.

"I wouldn’t call it a wardrobe ‘malfunction’ in a million years. It was the most functioning wardrobe in history. As a stylist, it did what it was intended to do," Lukas claimed to Page Six.

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Singers Janet Jackson and surprise guest Justin Timberlake perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, Feb. 1, 2004. Getty Images/ Frank Micelotta