Strange things about Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's marriage

After five years as husband and wife, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel look as fresh-faced and head-over-heels in love as they did when they first stepped out together, and they certainly aren't afraid to tell the world about it via their often adorable social media output. If you remove the filter, however, it becomes clear that their marriage is not as conventional as they would have you believe. From hunky strangers and other women to extremely awkward birthday parties, let's take a look at the stranger side of the Timberlakes.

​How she stalked him into dating

The pair first met through mutual friends and got to know each other at a Golden Globes after-party back in 2007, with their instant chemistry apparently proving too much for JT's ex Cameron Diaz–the Charlie's Angels star reportedly got into a row with the former NSYNC singer when she spotted the two getting along. Biel arranged for Timberlake to get her digits that evening, though while Justin insists it was he who did the leg work early in the relationship, sources close to the couple paint a different picture.

According to US Magazine, Timberlake told reporters from the Hollywood Foreign Press that "there is a thing called chivalry and it doesn't have to die with the birth of the internet. The way I see it, if you're asking a girl out on a date, it's only right to do it in a way that she can hear your voice. I had to be pretty persistent in order to get her to say yes." The thing is, he didn't actually call right away, and that sent Biel into a miniature meltdown.

During a birthday party Biel threw for her partner years later, the actress gave a speech to friends and family in which she admitted that she took matters into her own hands and drove to JT's house after he failed to call the next day. One party-goer told Daily Mail, "Jessica was overcome with emotion when she stood up to toast her boyfriend on reaching the milestone. She quickly welled-up as she reminisced about the first time she met Justin and joked about how she virtually stalked him into going on a date with her."

They didn't kiss for a really long time

When Timberlake finally made the call (better late than never, JT), it didn't take Biel long to realize she wanted to marry him. The actress opened up about her and Justin's early days during an interview on The Late Late Show With James Corden, (via ET Online) revealing details of an old email she came across that declared her intentions to become Mrs. Timberlake right from the get-go. "I have this email that is really funny that I sent to my producing partner Michelle [Purple], and it's literally like, 'OK, I can't make that meeting so I have to cancel, also I know I will marry this man, you can't tell anybody but your husband.' I have no idea why I wrote that email, I don't know what he did that day, but I have this hilarious email."

The fact that the Minnesota girl was so sure about spending the rest of her life with Timberlake at this early stage is made even stranger by the fact that most of their relationship at this point was conducted over the telephone. Biel went on to tell Corden that Justin's hectic touring schedule meant that actual physical contact was rarely possible back then. "We didn't kiss for a very long time because he was on tour," she explained, "and we were talking on the phone, like normal pre-teens do, we were just chatting on the phone for hours. So, we never really kissed for a very long time."

How they suddenly became sharers

Both Justin and Jessica tried their best to keep Timberbiel under wraps when they initially hooked up in 2007, and the couple kept that no-comment stance for a while despite persistent rumors they were dating. Those rumors became impossible to deny after the pair were papped several times during a romantic city break to Rome in 2008, first enjoying a glass of wine in a pizzeria, then buying some genuine Italian gelato, and finally chewing each other's faces off down a side street. Photographic evidence meant Timberlake and Biel were on their way to becoming a celebrity power couple whether they liked it or not, however they still refused to engage on the topic.

Four years later Biel told GQ's Jonathan Heaf (whose interview with the actress was accidentally left out of several copies of the January 2011 issue after an embarrassing printing error at the magazine) that Justin Timberlake was the one part of her life she still owned and she wanted to keep it that way (via The Huffington Post). However, after they tied the knot the following year, they both started down a slippery slope to oversharing. Nowadays, it's not uncommon to see the Timberlakes declaring their love for one another on public platforms, with JT's Instagram feed walking a fine line between sweet and cringe-worthy.

Why did they suddenly start projecting an image of marital bliss? Well, it might have something to do with…

​The whole infidelity thing

In 2012 Biel walked down the aisle to a song written and performed by her soon-to-be husband as part of a lavish ceremony in Italy, though just the previous summer it looked like Timberbiel was over for good. Rumors that Justin and his Friends With Benefits (2011) co-star Mila Kunis carried on rehearsing for the steamy rom-com long after the shoot had ended gathered pace, coming to a head after they were spotted getting a little too close while promoting the flick together in the UK. "Justin couldn't take his eyes off Mila," one London reveller revealed. "He was hanging on every word she said, and laughing a little too heartily at her jokes." While friends of the couple told People that Biel "always wanted to turn a blind eye" to the situation with Kunis, in the end even she started to believe the rumors.

The couple split, and while JT's camp always denied he and Kunis were indeed friends with benefits, the pop star's track record made his case a hard one to argue. The smooth singer has had to deny involvement with a number of celebs during the timespan of his and Biel's relationship, with Rihanna, Kate Hudson, Lindsay Lohan, Olivia Munn, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson and Ashley Olsen among the many women he is rumored to have been intimate with behind Biel's back. Whether there is any truth to the rumors of JT's infidelity or not, he seems to be making a real effort to let the world know there's only one girl for him.

That awkward surprise party

Another rumored catalyst behind Timberbiel's implosion in 2011 was a surprise party Jessica threw for Justin at his Mulholland Drive home in honor of his 30th birthday. After a joint statement confirmed "they mutually have decided to part ways [but still] hold the highest level of love and respect for each other," Daily Mail learned a different reason behind their separation. A party insider revealed that Biel "gushed" over her man in a passionate and heartfelt speech, though Justin's reaction to her proclamation of true love did not go down well.

With Biel done addressing the guests and all eyes falling on Timberlake, those gathered to celebrate expected a similarly romantic reply from the pop star-turned-actor, though what they got was a drunken frat boy response. JT reportedly got to his feet and yelled "yeah b*****s," dismissing his wife's words and shocking her friends. "It was really awkward" the party source said of the incident. "Justin's reaction was almost disrespectful. He just laughed it off." The pair had only just recovered from a wobble in November the previous year, and Justin's childish behavior could have well been the straw the broke the camel's back.

Timberlake didn't want to get married

When it comes to Timberlake gossip, there aren't many better sources than Sadie Bomar, the star's brutally honest grandma. She began talking to the media when the couple had their first real wobble back in 2009, addressing her beloved grandson's supposed affairs and confirming that, as far as his family were concerned, Justin was never "serious" about Biel and was free to seek relationships with whoever he saw fit. Bomar went on to reveal that JT was calling it quits with Biel because of her obsession with marriage, something he just wasn't interested in.

"Jessica was keen to marry, but Justin isn't ready," she was quoted as saying by Daily Mail. "He's busy writing new material and he works hard to be successful–he's really focused on that. As far as we're concerned, he's always been single. The girlfriends come and go, but we believe nothing has ever been serious. Justin does his own thing and he isn't ready to marry just yet."

While these claims were denied by a source close to Biel, a friend of Timberlake echoed granny Bomar's sentiments when the couple hit their next snag. "Justin was dying to be single and have fun," his buddy told People. "He was torn, because Jess is an amazing woman and considered to be marriage material, and he loved that about her. But he couldn't drag her along just because one day in the far future he'd want to marry her. It was making her crazy, and it was making him hate himself."

That time he took his mom to the Oscars

Unfortunately for Biel, her relationship with Timberlake started hitting the rocks for real around the same time his film career was starting to be taken seriously, meaning she missed out on some pretty fancy parties, including the biggest bash of all. Timberlake attended the 83rd Academy Awards in support of The Social Network, the Best Picture nominee in which he portrayed Napster founder Sean Parker, though it wasn't Biel that walked the red carpet on his arm, it was his mother. So much for the "love and respect" they shared! While their split wasn't official at this stage, her absence from the 2011 event (in which Justin co-presented an award with rumored lover Mila Kunis) spoke volumes.

Biel refused to let something like not getting an invite onto the official red carpet spoil her evening, however. The actress posed for pics on her way into the star-studded Vanity Fair Oscar Party at West Hollywood's Sunset Tower later that night, dropping jaws in a revealing gold dress. The metallic Versace gown not only showed a whole lot of chest and back, it showed Timberlake exactly what he would be missing if he refused to put a ring on it, and all of a sudden the curly-haired heartthrob had a change of heart.

​Their engagement and prenup

Timberlake wasn't the only one to suddenly change his tune in regard to marrying Biel, his family also made a complete 180 on the subject. JT's loose-lipped granny Sadie Bomar was at it again as 2011 drew to a close, taking it upon herself to announce that Timberbiel was not only alive and well, but that Justin had finally popped the question while the lovebirds vacationed in Wyoming. "He called me on Christmas Day and told me he's engaged," Bomar revealed, adding that Biel was going to make a welcome addition to the clan. "The family loves Jessie … she's a very sweet girl."

A sweet girl she may be, but a gullible one she is apparently not. It wasn't long until engagement celebrations turned into sour discussions over their prenuptial agreement, with a source telling Star magazine (via SheKnows) that trust issues and a proposed fidelity clause were the main sticking points between the pair. "She thinks if he strays during the marriage, she should be royally compensated," the insider revealed. "She wants a fidelity clause in the prenup giving her at least $500,000 if he does. If he's faithful for several years, maybe she'll agree to have his baby. She doesn't trust him 100 percent yet. Jessica figures if she gets fat during the pregnancy, he'll cheat again."

​More stormy waters ahead?

After they were married for three years, with Timberlake broke their baby news to the world the only way he knows how—with a super cute photo. The star posted a pic of him kissing Biel's baby bump in 2015, and a few months later they welcomed their son Silas to the world, ushering in a period of calm in their relationship. In her first post-baby interview, Biel glowed as she chatted to E! News about the magic of motherhood and laughed about diaper bags alongside her happy husband. Timberlake later used his speech during his induction into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame to reinstate his love for his wife, telling those gathered to celebrate his career that Biel was "beautiful, loving and incredibly understanding."

If the shoe was on the other foot, however, would Timberlake be as understanding? In something of a role reversal, rumors that Biel had been stepping out with a "mystery hunk" and was ready to call it quits with JT to enjoy the single life started to surface in 2016. It was rumored Timberlake and Biel were involved in a "nasty fight" over their joint fortune. "They're at war over everything these days," their insider said, "from Justin's rumored affairs to his demands that Jessica put her career on hold and have another baby."

Considering this was the third so-called divorce edition the gossip mag had run on the couple in the space of two years, their claims need to be taken with a serious pinch of salt. The duo's reps quickly rubbished the claims and insisted everything in camp Timberbiel is as it should be, and — for now, at least – that certainly seems to be the case.