I completely blanked on the fact that Justin Timberlake wrote a book. That’s why we’ve been seeing so many random-ass headlines about Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel – the stories are all excerpts from his book, Hindsight & All The Things I Can’t See in Front of Me (that title is a massive eyeroll). So, would you like to know some details about Justin and Jessica’s courtship and marriage? Who is asking for this? Here you go:
The first time he met Jessica: “When I met Jess, it was undeniable how beautiful she is. We were at a surprise party in Hollywood at a speakeasy kind of bar, a private club, and we were standing around in a group of people.” The singer then revealed he made a “sarcastic comment” that “nobody got except her.” While he didn’t ask for her number that night because he had to “psych” himself up, his friend brought the 7th Heaven alum to one of his concerts in San Diego.
Their courtship: After the duo exchanged numbers, they talked on the phone for two weeks while Timberlake finished his tour. “When I came back from my tour, we spent a month together. After that, I said, ‘I really want to be exclusive.’ And somehow, she said, ‘So do I.’”
He wrote “Mirrors” about their love: “I wrote the song ‘Mirrors’ for my wife. We were living together at the time. We weren’t engaged yet. In fact, it was years before I proposed. She’s become a huge influence in my life, and I have such admiration for her. … She’s a very good writer. She’s a poet. She’s a tremendous actor. She’s funny. She changed me. She changed my life. All of that is in ‘Mirrors.’ Not the details. But the way it felt to have my life be touched by her.”
Jessica’s changing body: “I’ve watched my wife change. I’ve watched her body change. It’s a temple. It should be worshiped. It should be marveled at. I’m fascinated by her. She’s everything, man. She just constantly surprises me with who she is, and who she’s becoming, and I really hope I do the same for her. I’m excited to see what she’s going to do next. I wake up and roll over and look at her, and I’m inspired. She’s a different person from when I first met her, but she’s also the same. I’m sure she’d say the same thing about me. Ten years is a long time. I used to think we want to be loved for what we are, but maybe more now, I think we want to be loved for what we aren’t. I think we want to be loved for all our f—ked-up sh-t.”
I still think “Mirrors” is a terrible song, for what it’s worth. It’s catchy, but the lyrics are basically “you’re really great because you’re reflecting back my greatness, and I’m so awesome which means you are too.” As for what he says about their courtship… I’ll admit that I never gave Justin my undivided gossip attention, but I seem to remember that the beginning of his relationship with Jessica was a lot messier than that, and for years, they were always halfway broken up, and he was seeing other people, like Mila Kunis and Olivia Munn. I mean, I think it’s sweet that he wants to rewrite their narrative and act like he always knew Biel was his soulmate. But I also sort of thought she was a doormat for taking him back so many times. Eh.
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