Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are one of the most famous celebrity couples in Hollywood. The pop singer and 7th Heaven actor first got together in 2007 and eventually tied the knot in October 2012. They have two sons together, Silas, who was born in 2015, and Phineas, who was born in 2020.
For the most part, Biel and Timberlake’s relationship has stayed out of the public eye—but they aren't completely without scandal. Back in 2019, cameras caught Timberlake holding hands with actor Alisha Wainwright (the two were filming a movie together). According to the Sun, Wainwright had her hands on Timberlake’s knee as well. But multiple sources tell E! News this was an innocent incident and Biel and Timberlake’s marriage is fine.
Before we dig into that, though, let’s go back a few years to see where this A-list relationship began.
Early 2007: The two first meet at a birthday party Timberlake was throwing for one of his friends. According to Us Weekly, Timberlake then called Biel on the phone to ask her out. She said yes. People magazine declared them “special friends” in late January 2007 after they were spotted snowboarding together.
May 2007: The couple goes public, with the Daily Mail sharing photos of them kissing in the U.K.
September 2007: Timberlake confirms to Oprah Winfrey he’s dating someone who “smells lovely” and that he gets “pretty romantic” around.
January 2010: Biel (briefly) opens up about her relationship to Vogue, calling it “the most precious thing that I have in my life.”
March 2011: The couple splits, with reps telling People, “The two remain friends and continue to hold the highest level of love and respect for each other.”
December 2011: Timberlake and Biel become engaged.
October 2012: The two tie the knot in an intimate ceremony in the Italian countryside. Biel wore a now iconic pink dress.
April 2015: Biel and Timberlake welcome their first child, a son named Silas Randall.
October 2019: The couple’s matching Halloween costumes go viral. She dressed up as *NSYNC era Justin, while he went as a microphone.
November 2019: The internet breaks after photos of Timberlake seemingly getting cozy with actor Alisha Wainwright emerge. However, multiple sources contest the New Orleans hangout, which included other cast and crew members from the film they’re working on, was innocent. “There is absolutely nothing going on between them…. They were out with all the cast, crew, makeup artists, and everyone was just hanging out in a social setting,” an insider tells E! News. “They are just working together. No validity to any other rumor other than that they are filming together.”
A second source corroborated this to E!, saying Timberlake and Wainwright’s relationship is “innocent.” ”They’re filming a movie together and it was a group of people hanging out,” the source added. “There is nothing going on between them.”
A report published on Monday, November 25, on E! outlines how Biel is reportedly dealing with the situation and what’s next for the couple. “They are downplaying everything and trying to laugh it off as nothing. But it was definitely inappropriate and something that would make any wife uncomfortable,” the source says. “He had too much to drink and got carried away.” That being said, this insider assures fans Biel and Timberlake are “going to move on from this.”
Adds a source, “Their marriage will survive. He feels guilty and will make it up to her. She is very good to him and he knows how lucky he is. He says it was not a big deal, they were all hanging out together, and that’s the end of the story."
December 2019: Timberlake addresses the rumors for the first time in a statement which has since been deleted from Instagram.
After Timberlake's public apology, sources tell People that Biel "is standing by" her husband. "Obviously Justin drank too much this time, but Jessica believes he didn’t cheat on her,” the source continued. “What’s most important to her in life is her family and being the best mom to Silas. She’ll never break up her family over something like this.”
June 2020: All seems well as Biel posts a gushing Father's Day tribute to Timberlake.
July 2020: Timberlake and Biel reportedly welcomed their second child in July, according to the Daily Mail. While the news was not publicly confirmed by the couple at the time, sources allege that they kept Biel's pregnancy top secret for months and that she, Timberlake, and their son, Silas Randall Timberlake, have been spending quarantine away from L.A.
Some believe Timberlake hinted at the pregnancy back in May in a Mother's Day tribute to Biel in which they wear “Papa Bear” and “Mama Bear” robes.
October 2021: The couple lists their Hollywood Hills home for $37 million.
January 2021: Timberlake confirmed the birth of his and Biel's second child, a son named Phineas, on The Ellen Degeneres Show. “He's awesome and so cute. Nobody's sleeping,” Timberlake joked. “But we're thrilled. We're thrilled and couldn't be happier, very grateful.”
January 2022: Biel and Timberlake list their Tribeca penthouse apartment for $21 million.
Summer 2022: Biel and Timberlake reaffirmed their love for each other with a vow renewal in Italy, 10 years after they first said “I do” in 2012. Awwww! On her Instagram Stories in October, Biel shared some behind-the-scenes pictures from the romantic event. “From our vow renewal this summer—in Italy where it all went down,” she wrote over one photo.
Biel also posted a series of pictures from the trip to her IG grid, captioning the post, “Being married to you is the adventure of a lifetime! Run it back, baby. RUN IT BACK. I love you.”
August 2023: Timberlake and Biel list their Nashville-area property for $10 million.
October 2023: Timberlake's ex, Britney Spears, releases her tell-all memoir, The Woman in Me. In the candid book, Spears reveals that Timberlake encouraged her to get an abortion that she did not want following a surprise pregnancy. She also alleges that Timberlake cheated on her, and that he left her high and dry after their breakup, insinuating to the press that she had broken his heart by cheating on him (she admits to making out with her choreographer, Wade Robson, during the relationship).
On Instagram, Timberlake's comments are swarmed by angry Britney fans. Several outlets report that Spears's revelations have taken their toll on the singer's relationship with Biel, however neither of them address Spears' memoir publicly. Shortly after the book was released, the couple was photographed vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, where they appeared to be waiting out the backlash.
November 2023: Timberlake and Biel present a united front at the premiere of Timberlake's animated film Trolls Band Together.
January 2024: Jessica Biel let her followers get a rare peek at her home life with Timberlake and their two sons.
In an Instagram photo dump, the actor posted pics of hot chocolate, sunsets, and one of her sons wearing a mask of Animal from The Muppets. “More of this ⬆️ in 2024,” she wrote in the caption.
This post will be updated.
Originally Appeared on Glamour