Justin Timberlake Issues Public Apology to Jessica Biel Amid Cheating Rumors

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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
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To say things are likely strained in the Biel-Timberlake household would probably be an understatement. After fans criticized Justin Timberlake for his conduct after photos surfaced of him enjoying a night out with his co-star, it looks like the former *NSYNC crooner is breaking his silence. Justin Timberlake issued a public apology to his wife, Jessica Biel.

... and it's very clear his fans aren't amused.

  • Photogs spotted Justin Timberlake and 'Palmer' co-star Alisha Wainright holding hands on November 23 during a night out in New Orleans.

    At one point in the video, Alisha put her hand on Justin's leg, igniting questions about whether the two were getting a little too close. E! News reported a source close to the situation claimed "there is absolutely nothing going on between them."

    "They were out with all the cast, crew, makeup artists, and everyone was just hanging out in a social setting," the unnamed insider claimed. "They are just working together. No validity to any other rumor other than that they are filming together."

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  • After much speculation about what's going on, Justin took to Instagram to issue a statement and apologize to his wife.

    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, who are parents to 4-year-old son Silas, have been married since 2012; they started dating in 2007. Sadly, this isn't the first time cheating rumors have swirled around their relationship. Back in 2010, Us Weekly alleged Justin cheated on then-girlfriend Jessica with actress Olivia Munn during a "three-day fling." They split shortly after the reports with Timberlake being linked to Ashley Olsen for a short period before reconciling with Biel.

  • "A few weeks ago I displayed a strong lapse in judgment -- but let me be clear -- nothing happened between me and my costar," he writes.

    Noting the gossip and rumors surrounding the situation is hurting his family, Justin went on to apologize for his part in it all.

    "I should have known better. This is not the example I want to set for my son," the celeb dad added. "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."

  • Since posting his apology, a number of Justin Timberlake's fans have chimed in, basically giving him the side-eye.

    Instagram comments

    Although some are quick to forgive, it's quite clear others aren't there yet. Many believe Justin is making excuses by stating "rumors" are hurting his family instead of the actions people witnessed. Others think drinking too much is not excuse because, as one commenter mentioned, "alcohol lowers inhibitions, which reveals a hidden truth."

  • Time will have to tell how this all shakes out.

    Jessica Biel has been spotted out and about since the news broke, and yes, she's still wearing her wedding ring. Even though there likely is some hurt (among other emotions) these two have to worth through, we don't think Justin and Jessica are headed for a split because of this indiscretion. 

    Guess we'll have to wait and see.

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