Jessica Biel is now legally ‘Jessica Timberlake’, but professionally she’s still Biel

Here are some photos of Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake at the US Open on Monday. I’m surprised they were together in public. I’m surprised that Justin let his wife sit next to him. That may sound like shade, but it’s genuine surprise. Justin rarely goes out in public with his wife. Fact. For newlyweds – they were married last October, and I consider “the first year” to be still “newlywed” – they certainly have a strange way of showing their love.

Anyway, do you remember Jessica and Justin’s People Magazine cover for their wedding? Jessica and Justin gave People exclusive interviews for that issue, and at the time Jessica confirmed that she was going to change her name: “Yes, I’m changing my name. My professional name will still be the same, but for life, yes, I think it sounds great. I think I really won the jackpot of names.” Well, now it is so:

Eleven months after marrying Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel has officially taken her man’s last name.

“It’s all official!” a source tells Life & Style. “The paperwork is done and she’s now legally Jessica Timberlake.”

An insider close to the star says she’ll still be known professionally as Jessica Biel.

A week after their Oct. 19, 2012, nuptials, the actress revealed she had plans to trade in Biel for Timberlake.

“It’s weird because it’s feels like almost nothing has changed,” she’s said about married life. “But yet something that you really can’t describe — or something that isn’t really tangible — has changed.”

Justin and Jessica, 31, began dating in 2007. The pair separated in March 2011, but rekindled their romance that fall. The “Take Back the Night” singer proposed to the brunette beauty while vacationing in Jackson, Wyo., in December 2011.

“Every once in a while I can catch a glimpse of her when she doesn’t see me looking and I have this moment where I’m like if you never make a good decision…if you only make bad decisions for the rest of your life, you made one really good decision,” Justin, 32, has said about his leading lady. “Because she’s just like…it’s nice to marry your friend. It’s nice to marry your best friend. It suits me.”

[From Life & Style]

I’m surprised Justin allowed Jessica to take his name. I’m surprised he didn’t go, “Baby, you’re moving too fast, let’s give it a few more years, let’s see if it sticks.” Because seriously, let’s see if it sticks. But at this point, I really do think Jessica will stick. I believe she gets marriage/relationship advice from Jennifer Garner. Which means that Justin can do his thing and Jessica will be fine with it as long as he comes home to her. As for the name thing… I’m glad she’s not changing her name professionally. “Jessica Timberlake” just doesn’t have the same “brand” as “Jessica Biel”. Jessica Timberlake sounds like a former cheerleader who grew up to be a small-town real estate agent with a drinking problem.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. brin says:

    Does she still have a career? Seems all she does now is spend his money.

  2. Anna says:

    Professional name implies a presence of a career, right?

  3. LadyRay says:

    i truly don’t understand this match. I just don’t see it.

  4. blue marie says:

    yes, because Biel is getting her soo many jobs.

  5. Winnie says:

    Why in the world did it take so long? I had mine changed within a month

  6. neelyo says:

    Call yourself anything you want honey, you’re still as exciting as cold oatmeal.

  7. DanaG says:

    These two are so boring what took her so long? They don’t exactly look madly in love do they? LOL

  8. Pastyousayyouneverknew says:

    I’m always amazed by how bland I find them to be. I was all “meh” when they first started dating and I’m still “meh” when it comes to them today.

  9. starrywonder says:

    Eh neither one of them are any type of actors. Justin’s new movie with Ben Affleck looks craptastic. Jessica has not starred in anything in a while.

  10. Sarah says:

    Of course she’s taking his name, girl was in it to win it. She’s our equivalent of Waity Katey.

  11. babythestarsshinebrite says:

    Professionally? Haha! Who cares?

  12. Jacqueline says:

    ” a former cheerleader who grew up to be a small-town real estate agent with a drinking problem.”

    Describing anyone in particular?

  13. smee says:

    “Timberlake” sounds like the name of a subdivision to me.

    • Anna-fo-Fanna says:

      Bahahaha!! I never realized it before, but you’re TOTALLY right! I love this! Now I’m always going to think about what thier subdivision would look like whenever I hear the name, haha!

  14. Jenn says:

    She may as well have changed her name to Jessica Blah.

  15. janie says:

    I’ve always liked him… She’s odd? I don’t think she’s good at acting or much of anything? I think the first couple of years should be a honeymoon? They don’t do any public display of any affection? They’re newlyweds, where’s the newly?

  16. LilyT says:

    It’s seems like they’ve settled for “coexisting” rather than a loving marriage.

  17. Mew says:

    Jessica Timberlake just doesn’t fit to my ear. Maybe she just wants a stronger sense of binding him down. Good choice keeping Biel professionally.

  18. Umila says:

    I think it’s kind of unfair to say that they don’t have a loving relationship. My husband and I are young (still in our 20′s)–we have never felt the need to hang on each other ever waking second. We often go out to eat, watch movies, and do other things separately. However, we always come home and act more affectionately. This has worked well for our independent personalities. None of our friends would tell you that we don’t love each other. I didn’t want to change my name, but I did add his on. Luckily, in my state, you just go to the Social Security office and it is processed on that day. One month does seem like a long time. I really love this couple! (Probably because this reminds me of my own relationship)

  19. linda says:

    I see this couple as best friends and like to do there own thing. This would be the first outing together since being married. Cute. Best Friends Forever.

  20. St says:

    I don’t believe they will last. Eventually he will be caught cheating like Tiger or that Jesse guy and she would have to file for divorce to save her face from complete humiliation. They’ve been officially together for so long that I don’t beleive he will be loyal. Eventually one of his mistresses will blab about it to tabloids. And will have pictures of video to prove.

  21. IceQueen says:

    She might get more movie roles as Jessica Timberlake.