Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel appear to be the definition of couple goals. So when photos surfaced last month of Timberlake holding hands with his Palmer costar, Alisha Wainwright, fans were shocked and saddened. While sources close to the star have insisted there is nothing going on between the two, he has kept silent on the matter — until now.
On Wednesday, Timberlake broke his silence on Instagram, addressing the photos and apologizing to his wife of seven years. “I stay away from gossip as much as I can, but for my family, I feel it is important to address recent rumors that are hurting the people I love,” he wrote.
Timberlake continued, “A few weeks ago I displayed a strong lapse in judgment — but let me be clear — nothing happened between me and my costar. I drank way too much that night and I regret my behavior. I should have known better.”
He went onto explain that this is not the example he wants to set for his son, Silas, 4, before apologizing to his wife, Biel. “I apologize to my amazing wife and family for putting them through such an embarrassing situation, and I am focused on being the best husband and father I can be. This was not that.”
He concluded his statement by saying how “incredibly proud” he is to be part of the Palmer cast, adding that he is “looking forward to continuing to make this movie.”
The couple tied the knot in October 2012, and until recently, their relationship has remained free of scandal. Timberlake, on many occasions, has claimed Biel is the best thing to ever happen to him and credits his success to the devotion they share.
“She is the single-handedly most significant person in my life. In my 30 years, she is the most special person, OK? I don’t want to say much more, because I have to protect things that are dear to me — for instance, her,” he once said in an interview with Vanity Fair.
Following the incident, Biel has been seen wearing her wedding ring and sources close to the couple say there is no love lost. Still, it’s nice to see Timberlake apologize and take ownership of his mistakes.
This is a celebrity couple we’re definitely routing for!