Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake
Tabloid reports have suggested that Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are headed for a split, but the pop star's new single, "Selfish," seems to tell a different story. "Your lips were made for mine and my heart would go flatline if it wasn’t beating for you all the time," Timberlake sings on the track. So what's really going on inside his marriage to Biel? While only the two of them can say for sure, here's what we know about their relationship to date, including how it started.
How long have Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel been together?
Timberlake and Biel first started dating in 2007. Although they split in March 2011, the breakup didn't last long. The pair got married on Oct. 19, 2022.
“It’s nice to marry your best friend. It suits me,” Timberlake said of his marriage in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in April 2013. “Every once in a while I can catch a glimpse of her when she doesn’t see me looking, and I have this moment where I’m like, ‘If you never make a good decision … if you only make bad decisions for the rest of your life, you made one really good decision.'”
How did Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel meet?
The pair first met in 2005, but didn't connect until two years later, at a party for Timberlake's friend in 2007. Even then, it took a little convincing to get Biel to agree to go out with Timberlake. "I had to be pretty persistent in order to get her to say yes," he's said. "But I have a fair amount of tenacity and if I want something I stick to it. And in the end, she agreed."
By 2010, Biel was calling their relationship "the most precious thing that I have in my life."
When did Justin and Jessica break up?
Publicly, they called it quits before they were ever even married, in 2011, with their reps saying in a statement, "The two remain friends and continue to hold the highest level of love and respect for each other.”
That didn't mean their feelings for each other went away. Even after they announced their breakup, Timberlake called Biel the most special person in his life. "In my 30 years, she is the most special person, OK? I don't want to say much more, because I have to protect things that are dear to me—for instance, her," he shared with Vanity Fair.
When did Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel get engaged?
The couple reunited and got engaged in December 2011 in Montana. "When I did propose, I was saying to her, I was like, 'Oh look at the shadows on the mountains,' and I had the ring on my pinkie," Timberlake has recalled. He wrote the song "Montana" about the experience.
When did Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel get married?
The two flew to Italy for their wedding, which took place on Oct. 19, 2012. The Borgo Egnazia Resort was the headquarters for their week-long event, and about 100 people were there to share their special day, including Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, Timbaland, and Biel's 7th Heaven co-star Beverley Mitchell.
The bride arrived in a show-stopping custom pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown, and the groom wore a Tom Ford tuxedo that he helped design. Biel walked down the aisle as Timberlake gave an acoustic rendition of "an original piece I wrote specifically for the evening and for her," Timberlake recalled later. They recited personal vows, and Biel called the entire event "a total fantasy experience."
Who did Justin Timberlake date before Jessica Biel?
Before meeting Biel, Timberlake had high-profile, long-term relationships with Cameron Diaz and Britney Spears. He dated Spears from 1999 to 2002, and he was with Diaz for almost four years, ending in 2006. For her part, Biel has previously been linked to Derek Jeter, as well as Chris Evans and Gerard Butler.
How many kids do Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have?
Biel and Timberlake share two sons: Silas, 8, and Phineas, 3.
The couple confirmed that they were expecting their first child in 2015. "This year, I'm getting the greatest gift ever, can't wait," Timberlake captioned a picture of himself kissing Biel's bare stomach.
The "Cry Me a River" singer said almost immediately that he wanted more children, even though he admitted in 2018 that parenthood was tough, lamenting, "I’ve never felt more inept my life." He continued, "You wake up and all of a sudden there’s this human being you’re responsible for. … I feel like the success of parenthood is feeling like I failed all day today, but I get to wake up tomorrow and do it again … and hopefully, they turn out to be a good human being.”
Phineas, Timberlake and Biel's youngest, was born in July 2020. He was a "secret COVID baby," Biel told Dax Shepard in June 2021. "It wasn't like it was supposed to be a secret," she explained. "It was just COVID happened, and then I went to Montana with my family and never left."
Having two sons under 10 has surely changed things, according to Biel. "Someone said to me, 'Two is like having a thousand.' And that's exactly what it feels like," Biel said. "The balance of everything is very different and super hard."
Did Justin Timberlake cheat on Jessica Biel?
There's no way of knowing what's gone down behind closed doors, but Timberlake did make headlines for some eyebrow-raising behavior in 2019, when he was seen chatting, drinking and holding hands with actress Alisha Wainwright in a New Orleans bar during the filming of Palmer. Multiple sources denied anything romantic was happening between the two, but Timberlake still took to Instagram to talk about it.
“A few weeks ago, I displayed a strong lapse of judgment-but let me be clear-nothing happened between me and my costar,” Timberlake wrote. “I drank way too much that night and I regret my behavior. I should have known better. This is not the example I want to set for my son. I apologize to my amazing wife and family for putting them through such an embarrassing situation.” (There doesn’t seem to be bad blood at least on Wainwright’s side; she said that she thinks Timberlake is “incredible” in the film.)
In April 2022, Biel admitted that her married life has presented some challenges but that she's very happy. "We’ve had our ups and downs like everybody and I’m just really proud of it and I’m still the happiest, and loving my life,” she told Access Hollywood.
How did Jessica Biel respond to Britney Spears's memoir?
Jessica Biel did not publicly comment on the backlash her husband received in response to ex Britney Spears's memoir, The Woman in Me. However, a source told Us Weekly, "Jessica feels bad for Britney. [But' it’s hard for her to watch Justin be trolled on social media and targeted by Britney fans. She thinks Justin’s learned from his mistakes and deserves to live in peace."
A couple of years prior to the the release of Spears's book, the couple dealt with fan reaction to separate Britney Spears and Janet Jackson documentaries, both of which painted Timberlake in a less than favorable light. He responded to both on Instagram.
“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 wrote. “I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be part of and grow from.” Biel responded with a one-sentence comment: "I love you."
Is Jessica Biel still married to Justin Timberlake?
Yes. A recent tabloid report suggested that their marriage is on the rocks, but they have not commented on it one way or another.