Despite rumors that Justin Timberlake planned to feature a Prince hologram during the Super Bowl LII halftime show, it will no longer appear, according to new reports.
Longtime Prince confidante, Sheila E., spoke out on the controversial hologram via Twitter on Saturday.
"Family, I spoke w/Justin 2nite and he shared heartfelt words of respect for Prince & the Purple fans," she wrote. "I look 4wrd 2 seeing what I’m sure is going 2 be a spectacular halftime show. There is no hologram."
The plan to use a hologram to honor the late legend leaked earlier this week, and was immediately unpopular. Not only had Prince stated the practice was "demonic" in previous interviews, but fans were confused as to Timberlake's personal motivation.
In 2006, Prince reportedly said "For whoever is claiming that they are bringing sexy back, sexy never left!" at a post-Emmy awards event. The comment was taken as a jab toward Timberlake, whose song "SexyBack" was released that same year.
In J.T.'s second studio album, Shock Value, he seemed to clap back at the legend with popular single "Give It to Me," in which he sings "Now if sexy never left, then why is everybody on my s**t?"
Instead, viewers are now speculating Timberlake will perform one of the late singer's songs as homage to Prince in his home state of Minnesota.
UPDATE: The hologram was replaced with video footage of Prince, who performed on a large screen as Timberlake played piano on stage.