Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have been together on and off for 11 years — here's a complete timeline of their relationship

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have been married for six years and they still post adorable videos and heartfelt Instagrams today.

But that doesn’t mean they didn’t have their ups and downs. If you look back at their relationship history, you might be surprised to find the two actually broke up in 2011 before reuniting a few months later.

Here’s a timeline that reveals every public milestone Biel and Timberlake have shared, starting from the day they met.


January 2007: The two met and reportedly flirted at the Golden Globes.

Steven Senne/ApImagesThe two reportedly flirted the first time they met.

Justin Timberlake met Jessica Biel at the Golden Globes in 2007. Biel’s “7th Heaven” costar and pal Beverly Mitchell later talked about the initial encounter, revealing that she got to witness the sparks fly firsthand. “It was very, very sweet,” she told Access Hollywood Live. “They were definitely flirting. They were really cute.”

Timberlake later asked his friend to ask Biel if he could call her, and when they finally spoke on the phone, invited the actress on a date didn’t go all that well. “I had to be pretty persistent in order to get her to say yes,” Timberlake later admitted at a press conference with the Hollywood Foreign Press, according to Us Weekly. “But I have a fair amount of tenacity and if I want something I stick to it. And in the end, she agreed.”

Although it’s unclear what exactly the couple did on their first date, People labelled them “special friends” after Jessica was spotted backstage at Justin’s concert and the two were seen snowboarding at the Sundance Film Festival.

Apparently, the two “never really kissed for a very long time,” according to Biel, since Timberlake went on tour shortly after they met.


May 2007: The pair went public.

Jackson Lee/Star Max Archive/ApImagesPaparazzi shared many photos of the couple.

In May 2007, when Biel flew out to join Timberlake on the UK leg of his tour, the Daily Mail shared photos of the couple kissing.

In an interview with Parade, Biel revealed that having paparazzi following her and Timberlake was “difficult and sort of bizarre to deal with.”


September 2007: Timberlake spoke about his relationship with Biel.

Matthew Stockman/GettyTimberlake discussed his relationship with Biel in 2007.

According to People magazine, Timberlake went on “Oprah” and said he was dating someone who “smells lovely.” He also admitted that he gets “pretty romantic around her.”


2009: Timberlake straddled Biel at a Lakers game.

Noel Vasquez/GettyTimberlake did it for the camera.

At a Lakers game, Timberlake jokingly straddled his girlfriend in front of the crowd.

He explained the moment on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” saying that the Kiss Cam had just caught an “award-winning” kiss between Dustin Hoffman and his wife. “And then it cut to us,” he continued. “I was not to be outdone, OK? So I mounted my girlfriend in front of 18,000 people.”


2010: Timberlake’s mum sang Biel’s praises.

John Shearer/GettyLynn Harless, Timberlake’s mother, had nothing but good things to say.

While Biel declined to talk about her relationship with Vogue magazine, calling it “the most precious thing that I have in my life,” Lynn Harless happily spoke about the girl dating her famous son at a William Rast fashion show. “She’s amazing,” Lynn told People, adding that the two connected on humour and creativity. “She’s so down-to-earth and her family is great.”


March 2011: The duo called it quits.

Astrid Stawiarz/GettyThe pair seemed to have an amicable breakup.

The stars’ reps released a statement to People magazine confirming the sad news, claiming that the breakup was mutual and that “the two remain friends and continue to hold the highest level of love and respect for each other.”


June 2011: Timberlake said Biel was the “most significant person” in his life.

Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesIt seemed there were no hard feelings toward Biel.

Although the relationship was over, Timberlake had nothing but nice things to say about his ex to Vanity Fair. “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.”


July 2011: The duo was (maybe) back on.

Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesThe two seemed to be rekindling their romance.

In July, Us Weekly released photos of the exes grabbing tacos together, and in August, E! Online reported that they went on a bike ride. Fans assumed the two had reconnected.


December 2011: Timberlake proposed to Biel.

While taking in Montana’s breathtaking views, Timberlake proposed to Biel.

PopSugar reported that he told Amazon Music, “When I did propose, I was saying to her, I was like, ‘Oh look at the shadows on the mountains,’ and I had the ring on my pinkie.”


2012: The couple got married.

According to Brides magazine, the intimate wedding took place in the Italian countryside and Biel wore a pink dress. Timberlake sang as his bride came down the aisle.

“It was an original piece I wrote specifically for the evening and for her,” Timberlake told People magazine.


2015: Timberlake and Biel welcomed a son.

justintimberlake/InstagramTimberlake shared a photo of Biel on Instagram.

A few years into their marriage, Justin posted an Instagram photo of Jessica’s baby bump.

He captioned the photo, “Thank you EVERYONE for the Bday wishes! This year, I’m getting the GREATEST GIFT EVER. CAN’T WAIT.#BoyOrGirl#YouNeverKnow#WeDontEvenKnow#WeAreTakingBets

By April, People had reported that they were parents to Silas Randall.


2016: The two shared some sweet moments.

Jessica Biel/InstagramThe family dressed up for Halloween.

Things were no longer so hush-hush with the pair. They posted a photo of their family Halloween costume, for which they all dressed as trolls from Timberlake’s movie “Trolls.”

Biel captioned the photo, “Happy Halloween from Poppy, Branch and lil Branch. We be Trollin’…”


2017: Biel revealed that they continue to inspire each other.

Getty/Frazer HarrisonBiel and Timberlake maintained that they had a strong bond.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Biel said, “I think having a partner who is doing something that you’re excited about – like for me, his music and everything that he does – it’s just amazing to see somebody doing what they love, and I think it can be as simple as that.”


January 2018: Biel posted a heartfelt birthday note to Timberlake.

jessicabiel/InstagramIt was clear Biel had nothing but love toward Timberlake.

In January, Biel took to Instagram to share a photo of her and Timberlake for his birthday. She captioned the photo, “A picture says a thousand words. And thank goodness because there aren’t enough to express ALL the aspects of my love and respect for you.” “Here’s to a spectacular year ahead. I’m so proud of all you’ve accomplished and all that is ahead for you. plus you’re a super hot dad. A ninja dad. A kiddie teeth brushing, Jedi sleep mind tricking, intimidating dad voice disciplining SUPER HOT DAD. I love you, you hot dad. I’m here, right by your side, OG fan girl #1. Happy birthday, my beloved. Now go crush it this weekend at SB LII.”


2018: The couple appeared together at the Emmys.

In February, Biel and Timberlake cozied up to each other on the Emmys red carpet. They even gave a secret signal to Silas.

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