Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake first met in 2007 and quickly went on to have one of the most high-profile relationships in Hollywood. Today, the two have been married for nearly nine years and are parents to two children. From their first meeting to the surprise birth of their second child and beyond, here is a complete timeline of Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake's relationship.
- Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake first met at a party in 2007 and started dating soon after.
- In December 2011, a few months after a short split, the couple got engaged while on vacation in Montana.
- They got married in October 2021 during a romantic Italian ceremony.
- In April 2015, their first son, Silas, was born. In July 2020, they secretly welcomed their second son, Phineas, into the world.
Early 2007: First Meeting
The two met for the first time at a birthday party Justin was hosting for one of his friends, but it wasn't exactly love at first sight. "There was nothing starry about the way we got together," Justin later said, according to Us Weekly. "It was very un-Hollywood-esque, in fact." The two met, started talking, and Justin ended up getting her phone number through a friend so he could call her.
Apparently, Jessica was reluctant to go out with him at first. "I had to be pretty persistent in order to get her to say yes," Justin remembered. "But I have a fair amount of tenacity and if I want something I stick to it. And in the end, she agreed."
May 2007: Officially Together
Not long after they met, their relationship went public when The Daily Mail published the first photos of them kissing while in the United Kingdom. A source told the outlet, "They're both doing everything they can to keep their relationship low-profile, but when they're among friends they can hardly keep their hands off each other."
January 2010: Jessica Opens Up
Amid a lot of tabloid attention and rumors about their supposedly on-again, off-again relationship, Jessica did an interview with Vogue where she briefly spoke honestly about the relationship. When asked about break-up rumors, she said, "I don't feel the need to clear anything up. It's the most precious thing that I have in my life, and I care about it so much that I don't care about what anyone says or thinks. I have just not addressed it in any real way, and I'm not going to. It's mine. And I really like that about it.”
March 2011: The Break-Up
After months of rumors, Jessica and Justin ended their relationship. Their reps released a statement to People, saying that the two "mutually have decided to part ways." The statement added, "The two remain friends and continue to hold the highest level of love and respect for each other."
June 2011: Back Together
A few months after their breakup, Justin did an interview with Vanity Fair where he called Jessica "the single-handedly most significant person in my life." He added, "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.” The two were spotted together several times that summer, prompting rumors that they were back together.
December 2011: A Holiday Proposal
After about four years of dating, the couple made things official when they got engaged over the holidays in late 2011. Justin proposed while they were on vacation in Montana. According to The Knot, he said, "I had the ring on my pinkie and I was like, 'Look at the shadows over there on the mountains,' and she was like, 'Oh yeah, that's beautiful,' and I was like, 'Do you see it?'" He had the ring on his finger.
When speaking to the Associated Press, Jessica called the proposal "wonderful," saying, "it's actually not anything I ever really thought was going to happen to me or that I really wanted. And when it happened it just seemed—it just was right."
October 19, 2012: Wedding in Italy
The couple tied the knot in a romantic ceremony in Italy, which Jessica called "a total fantasy experience" when speaking to People. Jessica wore a now-iconic custom pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown, and Justin serenaded her with a song he wrote especially for the ceremony as she walked down the aisle. 100 guests attended the week-long celebration, including famous friends like Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, and Beverly Mitchell.
April 2015: Silas Randall Timberlake Is Born
In January 2015, Justin announced they were expecting their first child with a cute photo on Instagram featuring him kissing Jessica's pregnant belly. A few months later, in April, People reported that they had welcomed their first child, a son named Silas Randall Timberlake.
January 2017: Inspiring Each Other
During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Jessica opened up about her relationship with Justin and said, "I hope I'm inspiring to him. I think having a partner who is doing something that you're excited about—like for me, his music and everything that he does—it's just amazing to see somebody doing what they love, and I think it can be as simple as that."
October 2019: Halloween Fun
Jessica and Justin made headlines with their 2019 Halloween costumes: She dressed up as NSYNC-era Justin, wearing a metallic jumpsuit, white sneakers, tiny blue sunglasses, and a diamond chain, while Justin dressed as a microphone. During an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Jessica said "this was his idea."
November 2019: Cheating Rumors
Seven years into their marriage, the couple was rocked by cheating rumors when The Sun published photos of Justin holding hands with his Palmer co-star Alisha Wainwright during a night out in New Orleans. In other photos, Alisha was seen with her hand on Justin's knee. Sources said Justin had been drinking heavily and was unsteady on his feet, and insisted that nothing was going on between the coworkers.
December 2019: Justin Apologizes
A few weeks later, Justin issued a public apology for the photos with Alisha in an Instagram post. He wrote that he had "displayed a strong lapse in judgement," adding that "nothing happened" between the two. He went on to say, "I drank way too much that night and regret my behavior. I should have known better. This is not the example I want to set for my son." He also apologized to his family.
A source told People that Jessica was standing up for Justin throughout the scandal and was not going to break up their family because of it.
June 2020: Father's Day Love
Months later, things seemed to be fine between the couple. For Father's Day, Jessica posted a tribute to Justin on her Instagram, with a photo of Justin and Silas. In the caption, she wrote, "To the dad who not only protects and provides but most importantly, PLAYS, and puts up with all our shenanigans. And teaches and guides and comforts and accepts and respects. Being a dad can sometimes be a thankless job, but today we hope you know how important you are in our lives. We love you forever and ever and a day. Love mom and Silas."
July 2020: Phineas Timberlake Is Born
During the summer of 2020, fans were surprised when The Daily Mail reported that the couple had welcomed their second child, a son named Phineas. They had kept the pregnancy a secret, and Jessica and Justin didn't confirm the birth for a while. In September 2020, Lance Bass seemingly confirmed the child's birth in an interview with ET, when he stated, "Of course we knew before anyone else did so it’s been a fun celebration and they’re very, very happy."
Months later, in January 2021, Justin confirmed the birth of Phineas on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, saying, "He's awesome and so cute. Nobody's sleeping, but we're thrilled. We're thrilled and couldn't be happier. Very grateful."
February 2021: Jessica Supports Justin
When the documentary Framing Britney Spears was released, many criticized Justin for the way he treated Spears back in the 1990s and early 2000s. That, along with the longtime criticism of his reaction to his Janet Jackson Super Bowl scandal, prompted Justin to release a formal public apology.
In a post on his Instagram, Justin wrote, “I am deeply sorry for the time in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism." Jessica showed her support for her husband by commenting on the post to say, "I love you" with a heart emoji.
April 2021: "Wild, Crazy, Fun" Family Life
After keeping her pregnancy and birth a secret, Jessica opened up about family life in an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. When asked if her two sons get along, she said, "Both think the other one is hilarious. Silas, he is the performer, he wants to make the jokes and he wants the whole attention on him, so Phin only has eyes for him. Everything Silas does is hilarious and anything Phin does is hilarious, so they just laugh at each other all day long. It's so cute." She added that it's been a "wild, crazy, fun ride" so far,
Her comments came a few months after Justin appeared on Dax Shepard's podcast Armchair Expert, where he talked about not wanting to be "weirdly private" about the kids. He said, "We’re conscious of making sure they can be kids for as long as possible,” adding that he wanted to protect them from “the weight of somebody else treating them differently because of something that their parents do.”
May 9, 2021: Mother's Day Celebration
Justin celebrated his wife on Mother's Day with a sweet tribute on Instagram. Alongside a photo of the couple walking together, he wrote, "Moms are the strongest people on the planet. I am constantly in awe of the mothers in my life. Jess - you’re the heart of this family. Your boys look up to you and love you unconditionally. And so do I."