Wait, they broke up before they got engaged?!
In a world where celeb couples break up faster than you can say “maybe just don’t get married,” Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have always been pretty damn solid. These two met in 2007 and—aside from one brief split—have been together for over a decade. Or, in layman’s terms, 137 months more than Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. Sadly, Justin and Jessica are kinda going through it right now due to Justin’s low-key “cheating scandal” (note: no actual cheating happened—just hand-holding), so let’s catch up with a brief timeline of their relationship, yes?
So, apparently Justin and Jessica met at a random birthday party in 2007 and just connected. “We met and got talking,” Justin revealed during a press conference back in 2012. “Afterwards I asked my friend if I could call her and ask her out. My friend called Jessica and Jessica said ‘yes,’ and so I called her.”
Here’s Jessica talking about the fated day, saying, “We really technically met and had a conversation when I was invited to a birthday party that Justin was throwing for a friend of his.”
Psst: At the time, a source told People, “She’s the coolest chick ever. He wants to be with her all the time. He’s ready to be serious.” Cuuuuute.
Jessica and Justin briefly split up, and their rep confirmed the news to People, 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.”
Justin and Jessica get engaged! It goes down in Jackson, Wyoming, and a source tells Us Weekly that “Justin knows how much she loves snowboarding and the mountains, so it was the perfect place.” Apparently, fans think the proposal inspired this song:
Here are some lyricssssssss:
Everything is heightened
We’re feelin’ vulnerable
I’m makin’ you this vow, uh
That you can have it all
Take whatever you want, take whatever you want
OCTOBER 19, 2012
Jessica and Justin exchange vows in Italy and Jessica wears a gorgeous pink dress. She describes the wedding as a “total fantasy experience,” and apparently Justin serenades her as she walked down the aisle.
JANUARY 31, 2015
Jessica and Justin announce that they’re expecting a baby!!!!
APRIL 8, 2015
The couple’s son Silas Randall Timberlake is born. Here’s his grand debut!
JUNE 18, 2017
Justin shares a bunch of cute (and pretty rare) photos of his family life in celebration of Father’s Day. They seem so happy, I can’t!
OCTOBER 20, 2017
Jessica shares this insanely cute message to Justin, and melts everyone’s heart in the process. Even mine which has been frozen since 2016.
JANUARY 7, 2018
Justin causes a lot of side eyes by using the #TIMESUP hashtag while talking about Jessica being hot. A true yikes moment, but at least he tried?!
OCTOBER 1, 2018
Jessica leaves a suuuuper flirty comment about Justin’s, uh, size on Instagram:
JANUARY 31, 2019
Jessica calls Justin the “man of my blue ocean dreams” in a truly lovely Instagram post for his birthday:
MARCH 3, 2019
A couple months later, Justin calls Jessica his “partner in this thing called life” and shares some cute throwbacks:
OCTOBER 26, 2019
I think we can all agree that Jessica and Justin completely nail couples Halloween costumes:
NOVEMBER 23, 2019
The Sun publishes photos of Justin holding hands with his co-star Alisha Wainwright in New Orleans. In a video from the incident, Alisha can be seen resting her hands on Justin’s knee—and an eyewitness says, “They were smiling and laughing. At one stage, he grabbed her hand and rested it on his knee. She then gently started stroking his leg. Then he clutched her hand with both of his and was playing with her hands.”
Naturally, Twitter goes in:
NOVEMBER 24, 2019
Alisha’s rep releases a statement to Us Weekly, saying “There is no validity to this speculation. They are working on a project together.”
DECEMBER 5, 2019
Justin breaks his silence with a public apology. Read the whole thing in the ‘gram, but the main takeaway? “Let me be clear—nothing happened between me and my costar.”
That same day, a People magazine source says Jessica “believes he didn’t cheat on her” and added, “She will stand by him.” That just about brings us up to date, but here’s to hoping these two get through this rough patch!