Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel: 15 Times Critics Thought They Were Calling It Quits

Becky Bracken | Jul 30, 2018 Celebrities
Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel: 15 Times Critics Thought They Were Calling It Quits
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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
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In the glam world of Hollywood, there aren't many celebrity couples more gossiped about and the subject of hot-takes than Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel. Their romance, which now spans more than a decade, has had its fair share of ups and downs -- which is probably the most relatable thing about them. There have been numerous rumors of JT and Jessica possibly breaking up, along with whispers of not being on the same page when it comes to growing their family. The difference between this famous pair and the rest of us are the millions of fans who feel invested in their coupling and the demand to know every detail of their lives.

Interestingly, but not surprisingly, there are lots of rumors about the marriage, most of which center around Jessica's imaginary failings rather than Justin's: her weight, insecurities, ambition, interest in bearing children. All of these seem to conspire against the couple's happily ever after in the collective tabloid narrative, something most mothers and wives no doubt recognize all too well. But despite it all, Biel and Timberlake continue to be each other's most vocal and public cheerleaders, ignoring the gossip and focusing on their son and megawatt careers. Still, no matter their dedication to one another, it seems next to impossible for Jessica and Justin to escape speculation their marriage is on the outs.

Here are 15 times outlets, fans, and the interwebs alike thought Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biels's relationship was in trouble, despite 11 years of togetherness, including nearly six years of marriage.

Hopefully these two will get a break ... but sadly, we don't see that happening in the near future.
  • Initial Convincing Before Taking Off

    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
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    Talk about a Hollywood romance that started in a low-key way. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were introduced by a mutual friend in 2007. The former boy bander, fresh off his high-profile breakup with Cameron Diaz, decided to pursue the lovely actress, but she needed to be convinced.

    "I had to be pretty persistent in order to get her to say yes," JT confessed about pursuing his now wife during a 2012 press conference. "But I have a fair amount of tenacity, and if I want something, I stick to it. And in the end she agreed."

  • Mama Timberlake Didn't Approve?

    Justin Timberlake with his mom and Jessica Biel

    In 2008, outlets reported Justin was ready to propose to Jessica but was discouraged by his mom's concern he was too young to get married. Others suggested the former 7th Heaven star simply wasn't able to impress his mom. Lynn Bomar Harless, JT's mom, has been a constant, guiding presence in her son's life -- so her alleged hesitations are understandable.

  • Delayed Affection

    Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake
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    Early in their romance, these two did the long distance thing. Justin was on tour; Jessica was on location. Needless to say, their lack of being in the same physical space at the same time delayed kisses and other forms of affection. While on the Late Late Show With James Corden in 2017, Biel explained, "So, we never really kissed for a really long time."

    Still, that didn't keep the actress from planning a future with Justin. Jessica told Corden she still keeps an email she sent to a friend at the beginning of their relationship which read, "I will marry this man."

  • The Three-Month Breakup

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    Jessica and Justin broke up in 2011 for three months, but it was clear the love was still there between the two. "I don't want to say much more," Justin Timberlake told Vanity Fair about their split when it came up during the interview . "Because I have to protect things that are dear to me -- for instance, her. She is the single-handedly most significant person in my life. In my 30 years, she is the most special person, ok? So I protect it, and until somebody shows me what would be more fulfilling at this point, that’s what I have to do."

  • Flirting With Mila Kunis?

    Mila Kunis with Justin Timberlake
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    While Mila Kunis and JT were shooting the movie Friends With Benefits, tongues were wagging Justin was shamelessly trying to hit on Mila while he was still in a relationship (a committed one at that) with Jessica. Word has it, the celeb mom took a hard pass.

  • Where's Jessica?

    Jessica Biel's absence from the 2013 American Music Awards with her man sparked rumors their relationship was in trouble. The celeb mom quickly took to Twitter to set the record straight. "I'm watching from home tonight," she wrote. "Calm down, Internet."
  • Public Argument Seen Around the World

    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
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    When you're constantly hounded by paparazzi, it's hard to have a public argument with your husband in peace. Whether she was annoyed about socks on the floor or travel plans, in May of 2017, photogs caught Jessica Biel looking "pissed" with her hubby in tow who also looked a little ... tense. It's the exact same fight we've all had with our significant other in public. But for this couple, it sparked rumors of the demise of their marriage.

  • 'Problematic' Weight


    In summer 2017, outlets started reporting Jessica Biel's weight loss and her "gaunt" look were turning Justin off -- so much so, folks started questioning if they were headed towards splitsville. (Yes, really.) The basic takeaway is that one of the world's most beautiful women can't stay hot enough to please her man.

    ... awesome.

  • $300 Million 'Divorce Settlement'


    By the fall of 2017, new rounds of rumors Jessica and Justin were calling it quits really ramped up with reports of a pending $300 million divorce on the way.  Needless to say, that didn't really prove to be true.

  • Secret Calls to Britney Spears

    Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears
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    Boy did the Internet have a field day when the rumor mill started swirling that Justin was making "secret calls" to Britney Spears. With growing speculation he was "miserable" and his marriage was in "crisis," Gossip Cop quickly shut those claims down.

  • Jessica's Blossoming Career


    In fall 2017, it was reported that Jessica's work schedule -- often far away on location -- was putting a strain on her marriage to Justin. She's a working mom with a successful career that reignited rumors it might cause a snag with her husband ... because, of course.

  • Marriage Counseling for Being 'at Odds'

    Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake
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    By December 2017, reports emerged Jess and JT had sought marriage counseling to sort out disagreements over having more kids. Apparently, Justin was down for baby number two, but Jessica had hesitations and wasn't in as big of a hurry to grow their family. "Justin seems miserable," an unnamed source told In Touch Weekly. "Jessica had planned to raise their kids without nannies and even considered moving out of LA."

  • Jessica 'Tired of Feeling Like a Single Mom'

    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
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    Make up your minds! First, rumors surface that Jessica is "too busy" with her career that put a strain on her relationship with Justin. Then, outlets quickly reported the celeb mom was "stressed," because Justin wasn't around to help care for their son Silas -- leaving Jessica to feel "like a single mom." Obviously, this bit of tea, and speculation this couple would divorce as a result of these issues, were all fake news.

  • Secrets to a Happy Marriage Backlash

    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
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    These two just can't catch a break. In early 2018, sources allegedly close to JT and Jessica revealed their secret to a happy marriage. (Spoiler alert: It includes affection, being BFFs, and spending time together.) One would think that would be feels-worthy, but instead, it sparked more rumors their marriage was in trouble. "Bragging is always a sign of an impending split," a critic quipped in response to the reveal.

  • Marriage-Saving Baby, Stat!


    Recently, Justin and Jessica were accused of trying to have a second baby in order to "save" their marriage. "[They've] had marital issues over the years -- including trust issues and differing views on how to raise Sila. A baby could be just what they need to save their marriage," an "insider" alleged to In Touch. Needless to say, this rumor was debunked with the utmost quickness.

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