Musician Justin Timberlake and actress Jessica Biel have been together since 2007, and their relationship is adorable. It’s had some ups and downs, but they’ve always worked incredibly hard to keep the romance alive. Now, in a new book, pop star Timberlake has opened up about his marriage to Biel, and outlined just how much she changed his life for the better.
Timberlake was one of the biggest stars of the 1990s – but he stayed at the top even as the boyband era began to fizzle out. Initially he came to success with the band NSYNC, but then struck out on his own as a solo artist. Now his work is critically acclaimed, and he has ten Grammy awards under his belt. Not only that, but he’s also acted in films such as The Social Network.
Timberlake was romantically linked with a host of famous stars during his early years: including Britney Spears, Alyssa Milano and Cameron Diaz. Timberlake’s three-year relationship with Diaz caught the attention of the media in a big way, but the pair split up in December 2006. However, his love life didn’t end there, because a month later he began dating actress Biel.
Timberlake and Biel’s relationship wasn’t always easy. Because both had busy careers, they had to spend a lot of time apart. And in 2011 they split up, a development that was instantly jumped on by the tabloids. Timberlake turned to Vanity Fair that year to clear things up and explain he had no hard feelings. “She is the single-handedly most significant person in my life,” he said to the magazine.
Luckily, Timberlake and Biel overcame that blip in their relationship, and a year later they married. They wed at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Fasano, Italy, in front of 100 guests. Biel walked down the aisle to – of course – a Justin Timberlake song. And three years later, in April 2015, their son Silas was born.
Timberlake’s new book, Hindsight and All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me, was released in October 2018, and goes into detail about the early days of his relationship with Biel. Meanwhile, his wife supported him all throughout the writing process – in a witty way.
People who followed Timberlake and Biel on Instagram witnessed a naughty little scene between husband and wife while the former was working on the publication. In October 2018 he posted a picture of himself at his laptop with the caption, “Doing work… on my book.” Biel answered with, “My wordsmith at work. Always in awe of your big… brain.”
“Working on this book was an amazing process for me,” Timberlake said in a press release. “My story has been filled with so many amazing people that have helped me become the artist I am today.” And one of those people was, of course, Biel.
Timberlake talked about the first time they laid eyes on each other. “When I met [Biel], it was undeniable how beautiful she is,” he wrote. “We were at a surprise party in Hollywood at a speakeasy kind of a bar, a private club, and we were standing around in a group of people. I made some sort of sarcastic comment, really dry. Nobody got it except her.”
“She laughed, and I noticed, all of a sudden, and in the way where you wonder if a person’s like you, if they have a very dry, dark sense of humor, too,” Timberlake went on. “We talked that night. The DJ played ‘Lucky Star,’” and we danced. And then she was gone. I didn’t ask for her number. It wasn’t the time.”
Timberlake couldn’t stop thinking about Biel, but he didn’t have her number. “Thoughts kept leaping into my mind: I’m kind of really interested in that girl. There was just something about that girl. Kind of interested in that girl. Goddamn it,” the star wrote in Hindsight. Luckily, he got to see her again.
When Timberlake was touring in San Diego, a friend who also happened to know Biel asked him if she should bring her along. Timberlake acted casual about it, but secretly he was thrilled. When Biel’s group arrived, the singer invited them to hang out in his dressing room and then offered to take them on his tour bus. His next stop was Anaheim, California.
Timberlake reminisced in the book, “Jess and I talked the whole way up, joking around. Before she got off the tour bus, I said, ‘Can I have your number?’” Biel did indeed give it to him. “That was when we started talking on the phone. We didn’t date at first. For about two weeks, we talked on the phone, because I was on tour,” the singer said.
“We’ve had a lot of unforgettable times. She’s become a huge influence on my life, and I have such admiration for her, especially seeing her as a mother now. But I had admiration for her before,” Timberlake wrote. “She’s a very good writer, she’s a poet, she’s a tremendous actor, she’s funny. Very funny. And she’s one of the most patient people I’ve ever met.”
Timberlake explained that he wrote the song “Mirrors” for Biel before they were married. The song is about love, and its video tells the story of a couple – based on Timberlake’s grandparents – living out their lives. Its words are touching and it’s easy to see that they were written for Biel. “I’m looking right at the other half of me,” he sings.
In Hindsight, Timberlake pondered, “Could finding someone who covers for your shortcomings be a thing that plays well for relationships? [Biel] changed me. She changed my life,” he wrote. “All of that is in ‘Mirrors.’ Not the details. But the way it felt to have my life be touched by her.”
Fans bought Timberlake’s book and reviewed it online. Many people found his words touching. “I have always felt that he is a sincere soul and this book confirmed that and then some. The parts about his wife and child? I hope everyone has even just a quarter of that in their lives. I am left feeling enriched,” user Kim wrote on book-reviewing website Goodreads.
Biel herself gave the book a review of sorts on Instagram – she promoted it to all her fans. “This book is a peek into a private lock box. Turn the first page and enter an intimate, exposed conversation from the deepest valleys and the bravest peaks of his tender heart,” she wrote.
Timberlake and Biel are always completely adorable on Instagram. The couple regularly post pictures reaffirming their love for each other and for their son. In February 2018, Biel posted a sweet birthday message to her husband. “I love you, you hot dad. I’m here, right by your side, OG fan girl number one,” she wrote.
Timberlake recollected in Hindsight about the making of “Mirrors,” his song for Biel. “The song didn’t come out until just before we got married, years later. The video became a dedication to my grandparents. I learned about long-lasting love from them,” he wrote. “I know that’s what I have with my wife.”