Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Timberlake ! As their most devoted fans know by now, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel finally tied the knot on Friday (October 19) in an intimate ceremony in Southern Italy, and we couldn’t be happier for the power couple.
The couple confirmed the news in a statement to People magazine, sharing their happy news with the world: “It’s great to be married, the ceremony was beautiful and it was so special to be surrounded by our family and friends.”
In celebration of their wedded bliss, let’s take a swoony-eyed look back at the story of their romance:
Timberlake and Biel are first spotted hanging out together and make their relationship public at the Sundance Film Festival, beginning nearly five years of gossip-column coverage.
In the midst of countless paparazzi photos, the couple used their celebrity status to do some good, like when they appeared at a rally for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. “Me and Jess, we’re here as Americans,” Timberlake said at the rally. “We’re here as humans, because this is something we had to do.”
With all the photographic evidence of their relationship, rumors began to swirl about the couple’s plans to walk down the aisle, which Timberlake addressed later that year. “Am I engaged? In what?” Timberlake asked Jay Leno during an appearance on “The Tonight Show.” “I’m engaged in a conversation with you.” He then added, “I’m not pregnant.”
Timberlake showed off his comedic chops once again in an episode of “Saturday Night Live,” which included a sequel to “D— in a Box” called “Motherlover.” “I thought it was amazing,” Biel later told MTV News of her beau’s performance. “I mean, it was so wrong, it’s right. Just so wrong, it had to be right.”
In the midst of a storm of breakup rumors, Biel defended her right for privacy in an interview with Vogue. “I don’t want to talk about it. I don’t feel the need to clear anything up,” she said. “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.”
A sunnier-sounding Biel told Glamour that the key to their relationship is balance and being able to make time for and understand one another’s busy careers. “I guess I would say my thing is just as wonderful,” Biel said. “And that’s the only way — when you each have your own world and it’s just as great.”
The couple announce that they’re splitting up, saying they still hold the “highest level of love and respect for each other.”
Timberlake opened up a bit about his feelings for Biel to Vanity Fair. “She is the single-handedly most significant person in my life. In my 30 years, she is the most special person, OK?” he said. “I don’t want to say much more, because I have to protect things that are dear to me — for instance, her.” And shortly thereafter, the two got back together.
The couple are engaged on or around Christmas Day in Jackson, Wyoming, but don’t officially announce the news for weeks.
Timberlake’s grandmother spills the beans about the couple’s engagement: “He called me on Christmas Day and told me he’s engaged.” She added that her superstar grandson gave her strict orders to keep quiet “until after the holidays.”
A few details are leaked about their pending nuptials, with reports claiming that the couple were planning a big summer wedding.
Timberlake has his last hurrah as a “single man” with a bachelor party weekend in Las Vegas with about 20 of his best guy friends.
Timberlake and Biel officially tie the knot on October 19, in front of family and friends, including “Saturday Night Live” star Andy Samberg, music manager Johnny Wright and Biel’s former “7th Heaven” co-star Beverley Mitchell. While exact details on their wedding remain a mystery, the wedding party had been spotted in Southern Italy in the days leading up to the nuptials.
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