When you think of "celebrity" as an entity as it applies to every element of entertainment, it's easy to find yourself wrapped up in endless mental images of celebs who have infinite amounts of glamour. When you multiply that star power by two, it's easy to see how seemingly difficult it can be to find your other half when you're living the glamorous life! For Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, these mega-entertainers both have two decades in the business in their rearview mirrors, and only a bit more time would tell before the two met and formed a union approved by pop culture lovers everywhere!
A bit of background on the couple now known as Mr. and Mrs. Timberlake: Jessica Biel appeared on our radar as Mary Camden in the '90s soap opera 7th Heaven. Justin Timberlake danced into our hearts as a member of the New Mickey Mouse Club and later reached legendary status as a member of the boyband, N'Sync. You're probably aware of Justin's pre-Jessica, high-profile romance with a certain pop star, but it would be a few years before he found someone who wouldn't cause him to cry so many tears to fill a river.
A chance meeting introduced these celebs to one another, but a bit more time would pass before Jessica and Justin would tie the knot. Successful Hollywood romances seem rare these days, so let us look back and learn from a duo who prefer to live life on the DL!
20 They Didn't Lock Lips For A Bit
There's so much weighing on your first kiss with someone, especially if you've been waiting to seal the deal with a long-awaited lip lock! For Justin and Jessica, their first kiss was belated for a variety of reasons, but perhaps most importantly, Justin wanted their first kiss to be as special and as memorable as possible.
The singer was very captivated with the actress when they first met, as People reports. Understandably, he wanted to keep that feeling of excitement going and the anticipation building between them. The couple was too busy "chatting on the phone for hours," according to an Us magazine interview with Jessica!
19 The Duo Had Private Phone Conversations
No matter if you're a celebrity or if you're dreaming of becoming a member of the world of fame and fabulousness, a relationship takes time to cultivate! In our incredibly fast-paced culture, it's almost unheard of to take a relationship slow and the mere thought seems like a vintage dating tip rather than a healthy choice!
When Justin Timberlake met, and found himself charmed by, Jessica Biel, he knew he had to do his best to make an impression!
His plan of action seems outdated now, but would actually be appreciated: he called Jessica on the phone to get to know her, as E! News reports.
18 The Timberlakes' Pregnancy Was Private
For any couple, regardless of celeb status, finding out your first child is on the way is a sacred moment, and there should be time for the two of you to relish in the moment, and decide whether you'd like to share your beloved news! For celebrities, of course, letting anyone know you're pregnant requires not only telling your loved ones, but the whole universe who wants a piece of your joy.
Jessica and Justin are already two private individuals in the public eye, and thankfully, Jessica's pregnancy reveal was the same. Justin received the news in a very personal way, as Today reports:
"There was a text from Jess, in all capital letters. It read 'Call Me Now.' I FaceTimed her back immediately... She just held up the pregnancy test, and we both started bawling. I ended the tour early so I could be at home and take care of my family."
17 They Preferred Privacy Over Photography
It's hard to believe Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake were once camera shy, but they remained so for a very good reason. Both Jessica and Justin have spoken candidly about their appreciation for each other, and how they're able to have one of the most solid relationships in the spotlight. Knowing what we know about the couple's story, it's no surprise they once were concerned with keeping their relationship low-key, and it definitely seems to be working for them.
Speaking about their love of privacy, when Jessica was questioned by David Letterman about their relationship, Justin's girl revealed it had been "a few years" since the couple had got together. How sneaky!
16 They're Silent On Silas
By now, Justin and Jessica's complete adoration of each other is a well-known fact and the private couple seems to have grown accustomed to their relationship shining in the spotlight, but one very essential component of their relationship still remains as private as possible: the couple's son, Silas Randall!
Silas was born in April of 2015, three years after the couple tied the knot! While they have both been known to speak about Silas in interviews, a quick scroll through the couple's respective IG accounts will show you Silas's face is rarely shown in pictures. A private life for sure.
15 The Timberlakes Are Mum On Date Night
For these two jet-setting celebs, dating initially came at a price. Justin and Jessica were miles away from one another and had to make the most of their long-distance situation!
Not only does the couple have to go a bit of time without seeing one another, but the two have a three-year-old son, so naturally alone time is rare. Jessica spoke to People magazine, and let fans into their rock-solid relationship. She said, "A date night for us would just be sitting in the hotel and having room service and watching a movie." Celebrity couples have to have their Netflix and chill, too!
14 Downtime Is Family Time
The life of an entertainer is extremely hectic as it is, but imagine incorporating family life into it! Celeb couples sometimes have to go to elaborate lengths to spend time together as a family unit. Jessica and Justin, however, take advantage of the bonding experience a family can have while traveling on the road when daddy Justin is on tour!
Living the touring life can affect people in many different ways from childhood to adulthood, but Jessica and Justin have chosen to provide a cultural experience on the tour bus for Silas, as Us magazine reports. Talk about a well-rounded experience for a child.
13 Just How He Makes Her Laugh
It seems every picture you see of Jessica and Justin together, they're having the time of their lives, constantly laughing and smiling. So, we can't help but wonder, what keeps their relationship so giggly?
Jessica and Justin have been photographed sharing a laugh everywhere from basketball games to red carpets, but the private couple has never exactly divulged the source behind their silliness. We do know they share the same sense of humour.
Justin made Jessica laugh early on in their relationship when she "got" one of his sarcastic comments, as Martha Stewart Weddings reports. The moment caught Timberlake's attention, and the rest was history!
12 How They Remained Friends As Exes
Sometimes the most solid of relationships have many trying chapters in their books, and couples go through their share of ups and downs before they reach their personal endgame. Although we know what's come of Jessica and Justin's sweet love story, there was a hot minute in 2011 when we weren't so sure what would happen between our favourite ex-Mouseketeer and the eldest Camden daughter.
It's like a distant memory to us now, but Jessica and Justin once called it quits, as People reports. The couple has kept mum on how they were able to stay friends after being spotted out publicly together.
11 How He Inspires Her
When two people in a relationship can motivate each other to be their best selves together, you know you've got a recipe for a long-lasting relationship. Jessica and Justin are certainly an example of a relationship that's gone through its share of growth.
From a relationship once rocked by an unexpected split, to a relationship consisting of a party of three, the Timberlakes champion one another's wellbeing!
How exactly does Jessica inspire Justin? He revealed what inspires him about his wife, citing her creative endeavors. As Entertainment Tonight reports, Justin says,
"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. 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."
10 They Were Wed In Private
In 2012, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel had a stunning wedding ceremony in Italy and the photos were revealed in an issue of People magazine. For a super-private couple who had spent a few months apart a year before, how did Mr. and Mrs. Timberlake keep their nuptials out of the spotlight?
Jessica was totally aware of the public's interest when she appeared on David Letterman's show and joked, "I got really obsessed with this C.I.A. operative scheme I put in play right before the wedding!"
9 They're Silent On Their Split
Breaking up with your significant other can be extraordinarily painful. You often undergo so many changes and you might feel like you're trapped on an endless emotional rollercoaster. Taking time for yourself can be incredibly cathartic. When you're forced to live the early days of your singlehood in the public eye, a breakup can feel so much worse. Jessica Biel, unfortunately, had to experience the public's interest in her split from Justin in 2011. At the time, People magazine reported a source claiming that Jessica had been pushing for a marriage, which must have been hard for her to read.
The breakup also took its toll on Justin. Because of the hardship, they have not spoken publicly about the reason behind their split.
8 The Meaning Behind Their Couple's Costumes
Justin and Jessica's love for one another is endlessly pure and the duo seems to be the perfect couple who are madly in love with each other. Their happily-ever-after has been sweetly documented everywhere, and their storybook life is filled with seemingly never-ending family goals!
The Timberlakes have been charming the public with incredibly sweet and extraordinary costumes they don with their son! The family has been photographed as the characters from the Toy Story franchise and characters from the Lego Movie series, as E! News reports. Not only are these family goals, but they're priceless memories.
7 How They Survive Long Distance
Navigating a long-distance relationship can be tough. Both parties have to work very hard to keep the relationship fresh and try to make sure the relationship isn't always sad. When you've found that secret ingredient to make the distance bearable, the two of you should hold it close!
For the duration of their relationship, Jessica and Justin have had to spend a considerable amount of time apart, and they exemplified so much endurance through the difficult times.
"We didn't kiss for a very long time because he was on tour, and we were talking on the phone," Jessica said on The Late Late Show With James Corden.
Somehow, they made things work, proving that a real connection can bridge physical distance.
6 Exactly How Jessica Charmed The Parents
When you meet someone and make a connection with them, you know the moment where you decide they're going to be "your person," but often, people in your life can have an influence on your decision to be with that special someone! If you're close to your mother, you live life with the understanding that your mama knows best.
Justin is a mama's boy, but luckily for Jessica, his mom loves her. Early on in their relationship, Justin's mom sang high praise for Jessica. Mama Timberlake said, "She's amazing. She's so down-to-earth and her family is great," as People reports.
When your mother approves, you know it's true!
5 How They Became Exclusive
Considering Justin's preference for old-fashioned communication, how did he know Jessica was "The One?" Turns out it took a bit of self-realisation.
Jessica and Justin tried their hands at dating other people, but time away let them know there could be no other "one" for them! Justin noted in his memoir, "When I came back from tour, we spent a month together. After that, I said, 'I really want to be exclusive.' And, somehow, she said, 'So do I,'" as reported by Refinery29.
If only we could've been a fly on the wall for the entire conversation!
4 Why The Pair Has Rules
The inner-workings of a celebrity couple's private life together can be so intriguing when the couple seems blissfully happy. What happens behind closed doors?
Justin and Jessica are a relatable couple because they're really like the couple you know from next door. The two have boundaries and rules they've set in order to maintain a successful relationship. Jessica let People know she and her mister believe in "communication, communication, communication."
She's right on the money. Without proper communication, a relationship doesn't have much going for it. This could be one of the secrets to the couple's long-term success.
3 How They Keep Balance
Considering Jessica and Justin's career choices in the entertainment industry, finding time together is not only rare, but their schedules could be described using any adjective other than "mellow!" Finding the time to relax and be there for one another isn't a relationship necessity the couple frets over, though.
Jessica let fans know "balance" is the ticket to her marital bliss. Mrs. Timberlake spoke to Glamour, as per an article from MTV, saying, "...and that's the only way - when you each have your own world and it's just as great."
In terms of their exact technique to master balance, we may never know the details!
2 How Music Keeps Them Together
It could go without mentioning, but you don't have to be a fan of Justin Timberlake to know his first love is performing music! Justin has been active in the music industry for decades and has crafted a lengthy discography full of songs! Fans have long been curious about the muses behind his music, but it has been confirmed his wife was the inspiration behind one of his tunes.
Analyzing lyrics seems to be the closest way we'll gain a glimpse into Justin and Jessica's relationship. But Justin did reveal to Billboard,
"I wrote the song 'Mirrors' for my wife. 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. I know that's what I have with my wife."
1 How Parenthood Is Perfection
It is a universally known experience shared by parents all over the world that parenting has an effect on you; you are transformed in ways you may not understand! Everyone's parenting experiences are different, but we're wondering how parenthood has affected Justin and Jessica.
It's evident the Timberlakes are a tight family unit, but what makes Justin and Jessica thrive as parents? We don't know for sure, but they haven't been shy about the love Silas brings to their daily lives!
Justin told People, "The real winning of parenthood is getting to wake up and fail over and over again."