After years of dating, rampant rumors, and a couple of false breakups, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have split. They started dating in January 2007 -- four years ago, which is an eternity in Hollywood years -- but are now going their separate ways.
Sad but true, this time. Any hope that it was just another rumor was dashed, as their reps confirmed it in a statement:
Addressing the media speculation regarding Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake's relationship, we are confirming that they mutually have decided to part ways. The two remain friends and continue to hold the highest level of love and respect for each other.
Perhaps not surprising, but a bit sad, nonetheless. So now the question becomes: What happened?
A "source" told People, "It was completely mutual and they both decided it was time to move on." But it's never that simple, now is it?
If you recall, a few months back in October 2010, word on the street (or at least in the tabloids) had it that J.T. had cheated on Biel with Olivia Munn. Is she back in the picture? Did she ever leave the picture?
Around the same time, Timberlake purchased a macked-out bachelor pad in the SoHo Mews, an elite New York building. So perhaps he's been playing the bachelor for sometime now? Maybe all of his success from The Social Network went to his head, and he's been playing the playboy?
Until now, Biel has disputed the relationship woes. In the February issue of Vogue, she discussed their relationship and the rumors:
I don't want to talk about it. I don't feel the need to clear anything up. It's the most precious thing that I have in my life, and I care about it so much that I don't care about what anyone says or thinks. I have just not addressed it in any real way, and I'm not going to. It's mine. And I really like that about it.
While it's probably wrong to assume Justin did something to screw things up, based on past evidence, it doesn't seem like that big of a jump. My hope, however, is that Jessica woke up and realized just how much better she can do.
Are you surprised to learn that Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake split? Any guesses as to what may have happened?
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