Jessica Biel ‘encouraged’ Justin Timberlake to publicly apologize to her

Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel at arriv...

I guess I’m just going to keep on forgetting about Justin Timberlake’s weird affair scandal until he and Jessica Biel keep bringing it up. To recap, just before Thanksgiving, photos and a video were published showing Justin at a French Quarter bar in New Orleans with his Palmer costar Alisha Wainwright. She had her hand on his thigh and then they were holding hands, and they looked very friendly. He looked drunk. In the immediate aftermath, Justin’s publicist ran around telling every major outlet that Nothing Happened and How Dare You. Then… people forgot about it. We celebrated Thanksgiving, we moved on to other gossip. Then Justin had to remind everyone about it by issuing a big public apology to Jessica on his Instagram. It was odd, and it seemed like something maybe SHE requested? Well, possibly:

Jessica Biel is mending her relationship with Justin Timberlake after he was spotted holding hands with his Palmer costar Alisha Wainwright.

“Jessica encouraged Justin to put out his statement on Instagram because she felt embarrassed by his actions and wanted him to take accountability,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively, noting that the couple are “still united.”

[From Us Weekly]

She “wanted him to take accountability”? Too bad they weren’t dating during the 2004 Super Bowl, huh. Justin is not about accountability whatsoever. In fact, many believe that Justin’s apology is just the first step in blaming Alisha Wainwright for what happened, because THAT is Justin’s m.o. Just think… Justin might actually be held accountable for something because he really did piss off his wife to the point where she can’t make excuses for him. We’ll see.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and wife JESSICA BIEL during red carpet arrivals for the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. (Credit Image: © Kevin Sullivan via ZUMA Wire)

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  1. naomipaige99 says:

    They are both so needy, and require so much attention. I call BS on their ‘relationship’. Personally,I think it’s all for show.

    • L84Tea says:

      Just curious, what is it that think you they are hiding?

      • Leah says:

        There was once a photo rolling around on the internet of Jessica Biel placing her hand well down her female business partner’s ass. This could be it but I don’t want to out anyone. The photo was very clearly the move of someone touching someone else sexually-it was unmistakable.

    • AnnaKist says:

      That was my first thought, too. Needy. Both of them.

    • Josephine says:

      If all for show, what are they getting out of it? I don’t disagree that it doesn’t seem like much of a marriage, but I’m just wondering. It’s not like anyone needs to be married these days. Hollywood doesn’t care.

      And her requiring him to “take responsibility’ makes it sound like they’re in a mother/son relationship, not a marriage.

    • Mumbles says:

      Yup. Making a public apology kind of seals that. To recap the case against JT (in no order but the first one is the worst)

      1. Throwing Janet Jackson under the bus
      2. Video of homeless people at wedding reception.
      3. Word is he wasn’t too great with Britney
      4. Thinks he’s really funny when he’s not (numerous overbearing SNL appearances, ad-libbing during Golden Globe noms and embarrassing John Krasinski)
      5. Bromance with the annoying Jimmy Fallon, who gave him an entire week of musical appearances for a new album
      6. This whole mess.

      • Missy says:


        Didn’t invite the 4 other guys, his “brothers” to his wedding, kept leading them on to re-uniting after his solo career, etc…

        Those 4 guys are class acts when asked about it during interviews, but you could tell they were PISSED at Justin and felt betrayed.

    • dothedougie says:

      The live together, travel/vacation together, even (gasp) have a child together. This is a LOOOOT of work for something that is just “show”. This is real life, not the Truman Show.

  2. Statusforall says:

    Superb, very nice

  3. BlueSky says:

    Once he threw Janet Jackson under the bus after that disastrous Super Bowl performance in order to save his own sorry ass, I was done with him.

  4. Darla says:

    You’re kidding! WOW! Well, I certainly didn’t see this coming a mile away as soon as it happened.

  5. Nina Simone says:

    She is such a “pick me”

  6. Nev says:

    Just a matter of time. I’ve been there.

  7. It’sjustblanche says:

    If they’re holding hands in front of their coworkers, drunk or not, they’ve been a couple for a while and everyone around them knows it.

  8. Digital Unicorn says:

    Not only did he throw Alisha under the bus to save his sorry ass but now its his wife – setting her up to take the fall for the terrible PR stunting over his drunken antics.

    His career needs to tank so he’ll go away.

  9. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    He’s a punk-ass bitch. Plain and simple.

  10. JanetFerber says:

    Don’t forget his disrespectful hologram of Prince, who had said in the past that he never wanted his image disgraced in this way. Also, they were not friends. Timberlake made fun of Prince’s height. Eff Justin. I think he feels his career is slipping, so this is 100 percent a stunt king move. I too believe his marriage is a fake. This offends me far more than delightful Lizzo’s butt hanging out. Priorities, people! An ass is just an ass, but Timberlake is the true ass in this situation.

    • Truthiness says:

      Oh God. I had managed to forget that talentless, sorry @$$ move. Now I have to figure out how to make Mr Ride Other People’s Coattails completely forgettable. Not even Timbaland can save his pathetic behind.

  11. lobstah says:

    I’m giving it 9 months, and then we’ll get a “we’re still super bestest friends and love each other more than anyone else ever but we’ve decided to have the happiest divorce ever and no one is sad and no one is hurt and we’re ALL JUST REALLY FRIGGIN’ GREAT!” announcement.

    • DS9 says:

      I doubt it. She’s never leaving

      • Sarah says:

        I have a hard time seeing Jess leaving Justin’s sorry a**. He’s becoming less relevant by the minute but without him, she is a non-entity in the Hollywood ecosystem. She needs him, celebrity-wise because without him, she’s just that girl from 7th heaven.

  12. JanetFerber says:

    LaUnicaAngelina, You said it. Short and sweet. Spot on! Can we add whiny little bitch?

  13. Karen says:

    I really don’t like Sunshine Sach’s publicity stunts with Justin Timberlake, always throwing women under the bus for this has-been celeb. They’re all just peak asshole.

  14. Lena says:

    I’m sure Jessica wanted him to publicly apologize immediately after it happened he just probably dragged his feet on it until he realized he’d better. And I think the idea that she will never leave him because of some sort of adjacent fame he gives her insulting. She was well known before she got with Timberlake and who knows where her career would be now if she had never married him. I don’t see that marrying an actor more famous than you helps you get jobs at all so I’m sure if she stays with him it’s not because of that.

    • DS9 says:

      Consider her industry peers.

      There are a ton of actresses in her range and not a ton of roles to be had. And many of those actresses have a leg up on Jessica in terms of talent, visibility, and ability to promote.

      • Sparkle says:

        I am an avid Netflix fan and she had a popular show on Netflix last year. My friends and I all binged the show. Each season is a new plotline with new characters so she isnt acting in season 2 but was producing it as I understand. I was shocked how great she was because I initially thought she would suck. She deserves more credit than she gets.

      • DS9 says:

        She has ‘a’ show, now.

        And I’m not slamming her, btw. I’m not saying she’s unemployable, that she can’t do good work. I’m looking at her body of work and comparing it and contrasting it against the actresses who came up with her and those who would be considered for the same role.

        Jessica has spoken before about the difficulties in getting work and getting good work. And that story is similar to what Jessica Alba has said and Alba’s options, which is why the latter is doing Honest Company. I’m also not saying she needs JT to get work but that their combined celebrity benefits them both and gives her name and face a higher profile than it would otherwise.

        I do however think her marriage has probably held her back in some ways because she’s likely prioritizing JT over the hustle. I find it hard to believe she couldn’t find a place in the MCU if she wanted it.

    • Me says:

      I agree. I side eye her choice in partner, but she has a show. She had her own fame when they met. She built her career, he had nothing to do with that.

  15. Darla says:

    His face is so awful, like a sweaty potato. It’s hard to remember she was involved with Chris Evans for a while. Imagine going from that to this? I’d rather stay home and masturbate personally. But whatever.

  16. Minnie says:

    That apology was so cringe-worthy. I have no doubts that Jessica made him do it, but somehow it looked worse. I hadn’t even heard of the alleged affair until the apology came out.

    • Laura says:

      Everything about JT is cringe-worthy. I genuinely think he sees himself as the biggest star in the world in his mind.

  17. Carolnr says:

    You should never have to “encourage someone to apologize” for hurting you & your relationship. That should be a given.
    By that apology on Justin’s IG, he wanted to state it quickly & move on to something more important( to him, anyway) & that was a plug for his new movie!
    I really hope Justin is doing more in private!
    Remember actions speak louder than words!

  18. Smiles says:

    As far as his stance of being anti-vaxx, I honestly don’t really see him having one. He’s pretty all about himself so how much concern can this vapid human really have with regards to choosing to not vaccinate? After all, it was his wife who was supporting that agenda a few months back with RFK Jr.

    • DS9 says:

      If he’s not pro vax, he’s anti vax. At minimum, he doesn’t find his wife’s anti vax stance dangerous or his kid would be vaxxed so again, anti vax.

      And if he’s supportive if his wife spending her time and fame (and his by extension) to support an anti vax turd, then he’s anti vax.

      The only reason to doubt his personal stance is if you believe that vaxxing is a mother’s decision alone.

  19. Sparkle says:

    Am I the only one here who feels sorry for her? Whenever I see chronic cheating in a relationship and a partner who continues to endure that type of behavior, I just feel so sad for the partner getting repeatedly cheated on. It can be devastating to their self esteem, their mental health. I get the frustration from the outside looking in but for the partner being cheated on- I feel nothing but sympathy for the emotional pain they must be enduring.

    There is a kid involved and that complicates things for her as she will never really get away from Justin anyways.

    • Whoosh says:

      Don’t feel sorry for her. She’s a super privileged woman (tens of million) with plenty of resources. At some level she might be an emotional victim and should seek help from therapist if so but she’s better off than a mother in a low-income household who doesn’t have the financial resources for an easier “escape.”

  20. Kebbie says:

    They are really determined to not let this story die. It’s been so close to dead several times and then they leak new quotes. People’s top article right now is how Jessica won’t break up her family over hand holding. Us Weekly has new quotes about how Jessica thinks his behavior was inappropriate. After the apology and this story that she encouraged him to apologize…it’s overkill.

  21. Hello Kitty says:

    Disagree with any comments re: their divorce. I see a band-aid baby announcement coming in less than 6 months.

  22. SM says:

    I am not surprised. Since that apology sounded more like a fart you try to contain while in public rather than an apology, the only way to explain that apology is that Jessica demanded that in exchange for letting him back in the house.

  23. tarynfox says:

    Remember when he dragged Britney for cheating on him?

    • Whoosh says:

      That was to promote his first solo album. Apparently he cheated with one of the Appleton sisters first before she did, with Wade Robson or Robertson, the dance prodigy who was in that “Michael Jackson was a pedophile” documentary.