We're all in it together.
At least, that's what it feels like when Justin Timberlake takes the time to apologize to all of us.
Just when it finally feels as though we've relinquished our hold on our favorite stars, accepted the whole "let them live their lives" contract and our place as observers...they pull us back in with tacit confirmation that they owe us an explanation.
That may not have been exactly what Timberlake was going for when he publicly apologized to his family, particularly wife Jessica Biel, last night for the embarrassment caused by photos of him looking suspiciously close to his Palmer co-star Alisha Wainwright getting out the weekend before Thanksgiving.
But it's a reminder that many celebrities' pact with their fans includes a morality clause.