Justin Timberlake caused a stir on social media just over 24 hours until his Super Bowl 52 halftime performance due to some controversial plans.
According to a report from TMZ, the pop star was set to use a hologram featuring Minneapolis native Prince. From the report:
Sources inside rehearsal tell us JT did 4 run-throughs, just on Thursday. We’re told one was a dress rehearsal that was taped for emergency … just in case anything happens to JT and he can’t perform.
Our sources also reveal there are no ‘NSYNC or Janet Jackson cameos planned … so anyone hoping for a reunion or redemption … you can pretty much abandon all hope.
HOWEVER, we’re told Justin does have one pretty cool trick up his sleeve — a hologram to honor … wait for it … Prince, in his hometown.
But right after the news was reported, a Twitter account run by Prince’s brother, Omarr Baker, declined it.
— Omarr Baker (@PRNFamily) February 3, 2018
Prince’s ex-fiancee, Sheila E., also commented on the news saying Prince once asked that she make sure no one ever uses a hologram of him.
Prince told me don’t ever let anyone do a hologram of me. Not cool if this happens! https://t.co/khtCjXr2mY
— SheilaEdrummer (@SheilaEdrummer) February 3, 2018
It looks like Timberlake will have to change his plans.
Kickoff between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots at U.S. Bank Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC.