I feel like this photo of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel (from the Met Gala) accurately sums up their relationship to the media—simultaneously trying to ward off and appease all the people poking their noses into their relationship. When the couple broke up early last year after four years together, everyone kinda mourned it and then moved on. But in no time at all, they were back together! Then engaged! Then… nothing really happened.
They were more committed than before, but weren’t in a rush to make things official. Where we expected Jessica to be gushing over the details of her wedding, she wasn’t. (I’m still not sure if that reflects poorly on us or her.) In short, we didn’t expect them to ever get married, and we even theorized that the relationship could be fake.
We weren’t the only ones second-guessing this couple, so the news that they finally got hitched comes as a bit of an eff-you to all the naysayers. Of course, there was no secret wedding for these two. They made it explicitly clear what they were up to when they invited their friends away to the Italian countryside for a weekend of cocktails, fireworks, and actual wedding clothes. (Because, interestingly, they’ve been photographed in the white dress/suit combo several times before.) They also released this official statement:
“It’s great to be married, the ceremony was beautiful and it was so special to be surrounded by our family and friends.”
And here’s where I feel kinda bad. Plenty of celebrities do their weddings in secret so that they aren’t forced to share every detail with the press. Consider Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam‘s low-key wedding, David Cross and Amber Tamblyn‘s secret nuptials, and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds‘ blissful elopement. But with Justin and Jessica, it was almost like they had to get the media’s permission. They had no choice but to release a statement whose subtext was “CALL OFF THE HOUNDS, IT’S DONE.”
Next week, we’ll even be able to see all the exclusive photos from the wedding. I wonder if People got the exclusive because they sent spies to Italy, or because Justin and Jessica handed over the pics without a fight. Well, as long as they’re happy, I say mazel tov!
Photo: Hall/Pena, PacificCoastNews.com