Actress Jessica Biel and pop star Justin Timberlake have been married for ten years and together for almost 16, and they’re still going strong. The pair have had their ups and downs, including a brief breakup and even briefer photo scandal. But they recently renewed their vows and share two sons, one of whom was born during COVID-19 lockdown. Here’s the complete timeline of their relationship thus far.
Shortly after his break up with Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are seen snowboarding together with a group of friends in Park City, Utah, and some might say even flirting. Biel had just broken up with baseball star Derek Jeter. A source told People that Timberlake was only “trying to have a good time.” They added, “He is in no way looking to be in a relationship. He’s single and he’s happy.”
Another source says that Timberlake is “in love” with Biel, adding, “He wants to be with her all the time. He’s ready to be serious.”
On the cover of British GQ, Biel calls her very private relationship with Timberlake her “one sparkly present” that she doesn’t “want to open in front of strangers.” “It’s the one part of my life that is my own and not for anyone else,” she said at the time.
Rumors start circulating that the couple have broken up, but a source said, “They’re together…They’re not breaking up. Any time they spend time apart it’s because they’re working.” They did add, “Things have been a bit up in the air recently. They’ve been spending more time apart—more time with each of their friends, and they’ve been reevaluating [their relationship].”
A few years later, things go from assessing to ending. They decided to end their relationship, but a source stated there were “no hard feelings” and it “was completely mutual, and they both decided it was time to move on.” Reps confirmed the break up, saying, “Addressing the media speculation regarding Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake’s relationship, we are confirming that they mutually have decided to part ways. The two remain friends and continue to hold the highest level of love and respect for each other.”
In the July issue of Vanity Fair, Timberlake is effusive about his ex. “She is the single-handedly most significant person in my life,” he says. “In my 30 years, she is the most special person, okay? I don’t want to say much more, because I have to protect things that are dear to me—for instance, her.”
The pair were seen in Toronto enjoying time together at an art deco diner on Queen Street West. An eyewitness said, “They were in good spirits….They seemed happy. They had brunch together. They were talking. They enjoyed their food. They had a nice time.” A source explained, “They always remained friendly after the split and spent time together.”
The break didn’t last too long, though. That November, Biel hinted in an interview with ELLE magazine that they may have reconciled after being asked about her dating life. “A girl doesn’t kiss and tell,” she said.
A month later, they were engaged. Timberlake proposed to Biel when they visited Montana, which she recounted years later on The Late Late Show. “We were in Montana on a piece of property that we owned at the time,” Biel recalled. “We had snowboarded all day. It was in the middle of the winter. Waist-high snow. We were [in] head-to-toe snowboarding outfits—hats, gloves, everything.” Biel continued, “And we go up to the property to just check out how the foundation is looking. And all of a sudden, he gets down onto his knees and just sinks into the snow.”
In a cover story for InStyle, Biel says Timberlake picked out the ring himself and often helps her style choices. “I had no say whatsoever [in the ring]. I don’t micromanage,” she said. “He is fearless in his choices and has a real eye for design. And I’ll be honest: He has better taste than I do.”
On October 19, 2012, the couple marry in southern Italy, and like most of their moments, it’s quite private. “I had a little bit of butterflies,” Biel told People about the ceremony. “I was about to stand up in front of my friends and family and bare my soul for the person I love. It was terribly emotional.”
Timberlake confirmed Biel’s pregnancy on January 31, which was also his 34th birthday. He shared a pic of himself kissing Biel’s belly, captioning it, “Thank you EVERYONE for the Bday wishes! This year, I’m getting the GREATEST GIFT EVER. CAN’T WAIT. #BoyOrGirl #YouNeverKnow #WeDontEvenKnow #WeAreTakingBets.”
In April, the birth of their baby was confirmed by the couple’s publicist to People. The rep added that “mom and baby are doing well and dad is ‘ecstatic.’” The baby boy was named Silas Randall, and his first photo showed him wearing a Memphis Grizzlies shirt.
Biel shared something about motherhood with E! News, saying her most magical moment with Silas thus far was “probably the moment he wakes up from a nap. He’s sort of looking around and you sort of creep up and look over the crib and he looks up and he goes [big sigh] just a gummy mouth, no teeth, just a big smile, happy that you’re alive, and you’re just looking at him.” She added, “You quickly move on from it because there is a dirty diaper in your palm.”