Justin Timberlake just released a brand-new album, Man of the Woods, and is about to perform the halftime show at the Super Bowl — and his wife, actress Jessica Biel, will be right there cheering him on. On Wednesday, which was Timberlake’s birthday, Biel posted an incredibly sweet photo to celebrate:
The two stars have always had each other’s backs throughout their 11-year relationship. Here’s how they have stuck together through it all.
Timberlake and Biel met at the 2007 Golden Globes, Biel’s 7th Heaven costar Beverley Mitchell Told access hollywood live was there like the moment the love connection happened,” Mitchell said in the interview. “I was like, ‘OK, this is happening.’ It was very, very sweet. They were definitely flirting. They were really cute.”
Timberlake said he asked a mutual friend if he could call her and ask her out, and he got the OK to give it a shot. “I did it the old fashioned way — by telephone,” Timberlake said at a 2012 press conference, according to us weekly “I had to be pretty persistent in order to get her to say yes. But I have a fair amount of tenacity and if I want something I stick to it. And in the end she agreed.”
The early days of their relationship were marked by distance due to their careers. “We didn’t kiss for a very long time because he was on tour, and we were talking on the phone, like normal pre-teens do,” biel said on the late show with james corden. “We were just chatting on the phone for hours. So, we never really kissed for a very long time.” Even still, she said she knew early on he was the one, and said she still keeps an email she sent to her producing partner that said “I will marry this man.”
But it wasn’t all rosy. In 2011, the two broke up for three months, according to us weekly Timberlake opened up to vanity fair at the time, and mentioned that she still meant a lot to him, despite the tabloids trying to interpret false things about their breakup. “She is the single-handedly most significant person in my life. In my 30 years, she is the most special person, O.K.?” he told the magazine. “ I don’t want to say much more, because I have to protect things that are dear to me — for instance, her. I would rather not talk about her, because it’s hurtful for me. It’s unfortunate that even though you make the effort to say something, which I tried on for size, people do what they want to do.”
The two gave their romance another try a few months after the breakup, us weekly. reports, and it stuck that time. Timberlake proposed to Biel in 2011, in the mountains of Jackson, Wyoming,according to the magazine and E! News reported they celebrated with family and friends in Montana.
Biel and Timberlake were married on October 19, 2012, in Puglia, Italy in front of around 100 guests, according to Brides. Biel broke with tradition and wore a pink Giambatista Valli wedding dress, walking down the aisle to a song Timberlake wrote. Guests included celebrities like Mitchell, Jimmy Fallon, Andy Samberg, and Timbaland.
In 2015, after months of speculation, they finally confirmed they were expecting their first child. “This year, I’m getting the GREATEST GIFT EVER,” Timberlake wrote on Instagram on his birthday, posing next to Biel’s pregnant belly.
Biel said she wasn’t always sure she wanted kids until she met Timberlake. “Honestly, I didn’t grow up dreaming about having kids and having a family. I was so focused on my career and so focused on my selfish existence, haha, but I think meeting my husband inspired me,” she wrote on reddit”One day I just woke up and knew it’s what I wanted to do and it’s been the hardest, greatest thing ever and I wouldn’t give it up for the world.”
But now she says that a key to keeping a marriage strong is inspiring one another to be better. “I hope I’m inspiring to him,” she told entertainment tonight . “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.”