During an interview with host Zane Lowe from Beats 1 Radio that was released on Wednesday, the 36-year-old singer opened up about returning to the world's biggest stage following his most infamous performance yet -- the 2004 "wardrobe malfunction" with Janet Jackson.
"It's just one of those things where you go like, 'Yeah, it [happened],'" Timberlake said of the performance, which remains to this day as one of the most memorable halftime shows in Super Bowl history. "What do you want me to say? Like, we're never going to do that again."
"I stumbled through it, to be quite honest," he admitted. "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."
Due to how focused he is on preparing for the show, which will go down at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Feb. 4, the "Filthy" singer is not expected to attend the GRAMMYs this year. However, just two days before his big performance at the NFL championship game, Timberlake will release his fifth studio album, Man of the Woods. It's the first time since 2002's Justified that he's worked on a project with The Neptunes.
"I was not able to work with Pharrell [Williams] out of a... and I gotta say this the right way, because I don't wanna blame anybody for anything, but it did change the course of things for a minute," he explained on Beats 1 Radio. "Everyone remembers Clipse... Clipse was signed to Jive Records, which I was signed to. I don't know what went on with their deal. But I do remember that Pharrell was very adamant about getting them out of the deal."
"From my understanding, it became challenging for him to work with any Jive artist at that point," he continued. "If I'm being totally honest about it, I was extremely hurt being caught up in the middle of it, but at the same time ... I kinda felt like, you know what? I'm at this point where I feel like I have so much ahead of me, I don't wanna be in the middle of the record label and somebody I consider a friend. So, I feel like I kinda removed myself from the situation."
Timberlake has already released the debut track from his latest album, "Filthy," along with a futuristic music video that features a robot. More on that in the video below!