Justin Timberlake has issued a public apology to his wife of seven years Jessica Biel, almost two weeks after he was caught holding hands with actress Alisha Wainwright.
The father of one, 38, blamed alcohol for his ‘lapse in judgement’ while on a night out in New Orleans, but insisted ‘nothing happened’ with his Palmer co-star, 30.
He took to Instagram on Wednesday to ‘address recent rumors’ in an impassioned statement despite usually remaining silent in ‘gossip’, noting that the scandal surround the photos is ‘hurting the people I love’.
Justin and Alisha: Weeks after photos surfaced of Justin Timberlake holding hands with his Palmer co-star Alisha Wainwright, the singer apologized for a ‘lapse in judgment’ but made it clear ‘nothing happened’
Justin penned: ‘A few weeks ago, I displayed a strong lapse in judgement – but let me be clear – nothing happened between me and my costar’.
The Cry Me A River singer said he had, ‘drank way too much that night and I regret my behavior. I should have known better.’
Timberlake added his behavior, ‘is not the example I want to set for my son,’ referring to his four-year old son Silas, his only child with Jessica.
He went on to write: ‘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.’
Nothing happened: He added that the rumors are, ‘hurting the people I love,’ which is why he decided to address them, making it clear that ‘nothing happened’ between him and his co-star
Justin and Jessica: Timberlake added his behavior, ‘is not the example I want to set for my son,’ referring to his four-year old son Silas, his only child with wife Jessica Biel
Holding hands: Timberlake, 38, took to Instagram on Wednesday to ‘address recent rumors,’ although he tries to ‘stay away from gossip as much as I can’
The actor said he was ‘incredibly proud to be working on Palmer,’ the movie he’s been filming in New Orleans with Wainwright when the incident took place.
‘Looking forward to continuing to make this movie and excited for people to see it,’ Timberlake concluded.
The incident happened on November 21, when Timberlake was spotted holding hands with Alisha on the balcony at The Absinthe House on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
The actor, who has been married to Jessica Biel since 2012, was not wearing his wedding ring in the photos as he hung out with Wainwright, 30.
Apology: He went on to, ‘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’
New Orleans: Alisha was spotted in New Orleans last month with Justin Timberlake
Timberlake and Wainwright play on-screen lovers in Palmer, which follows an ex-convict who befriends a boy from a troubled home.
His wife Jessica has still not yet spoken publicly about the incident involving Timberlake and Wainwright.
Timberlake and Biel started dating in January 2007, shortly after Timberlake broke up with Cameron Diaz, who he had been dating for three years.
The couple was engaged in December 2011 and married in October 2012, with their son Silas born in April 2015.
Family: Timberlake added his behavior, ‘is not the example I want to set for my son,’ referring to his four-year old son Silas, his only child with Jessica’ pictured with Silas and Jessica on November 2, 2018 in New York City (pictured on Monday)
Jessica steps out: Jessica stepped out on Tuesday in West Hollywood before her husband publicly addressed the incident
Wainwright was born in Florida to a Jamaican mother and Haitian father, who got her acting start in short films and guest-starring spots on Smosh and Criminal Minds.
She made her feature film debut in 2014’s Just Before I Go, the directorial debut of Courteney Cox, and she also guest-starred in Perception, Vanity, Switched at Birth, Major Crimes and General Hospital before starring in Disney Star Darlings.
She got her breakthrough role as Maia Roberts in the Freeform series Shadowhunters, but she won critical acclaim for portraying single mother Nicole Warren in the Netflix series Raising Dion, and she also stars in Death of a Telemarketer with Haley Joel Osment and Jackie Earle Haley.
Doting mom: She was seen running errands with her son Silas
Happy couple: Timberlake and Biel started dating in January 2007, shortly after Timberlake broke up with Cameron Diaz, who he had been dating for three years
After the incident with Wainwright, insiders claim Justin admits he was ‘drunk and got carried away’ but is determined to move past the boozy night out, while his wife Jessica, 37, is trying to ‘laugh it off.’
A source told E! that the couple, ‘are downplaying everything and trying to laugh it off as nothing. But it was definitely inappropriate and something that would make any wife uncomfortable.’
The source added that Justin felt ‘bad’ about the incident and he will ‘make it up’ to his wife, also claiming their ‘marriage will survive.’
Early life: Wainwright was born in Florida to a Jamaican mother and Haitian father, who got her acting start in short films and guest-starring spots on Smosh and Criminal Minds (pictured in September)
Breakthrough: She got her breakthrough role as Maia Roberts in the Freeform series Shadowhunters, but she won critical acclaim for portraying single mother Nicole Warren in the Netflix series Raising Dion
Justin Timberlake’s Dating History
The couple married in 2012 after dating for five years and share a son, Silas, aged four.
Justin revealed in his memoirs that they met at a party and he fell for her when she was the only one who laughed at a joke he made.
‘We were both still seeing other people, keeping ourselves safe from getting hurt, from really putting ourselves out there.’ he wrote.
‘It took a bit for both of us to admit to ourselves that we were really, really into each other.’
They amicably announced their breakup through reps in March 2011 but by July an Us Weekly source said they were ‘quietly seeing each other again.’
He proposed in Montana in December 2011 and they held a sumptuous wedding at a resort in Puglia, Italy in 2012.
Jessica and Justin in 2018 at the Emmy awards
The A-list couple began dating in 2003 and announced their breakup at the beginning of 2007.
They apparently met when she gave him the Kids’ Choice Award for Best Burp onstage in 2003, two years after she got the same gong.
Their breakup occurred amid a storm of rumors about his infidelity with his What Goes Around… Comes Around music video co-star Scarlett Johanssen.
Scarlett responded to the conjecture in Seventeen: ‘We live in a world today where if two people are single – and one’s a guy and one’s a girl and they’re both famous – you’re going to be linked with somebody.’
She added: ‘If it’s somebody one week, it’s going to be somebody else the next week. It’s either me or Jessica Biel.’
Justin and Cameron announced their split in January 2007. Later that month People reported they had a blowout fight at a Golden Globes afterparty when she marched up to him while he was in conversation with Jessica.
Four years after their breakup, however, Justin and Cameron could be seen starring together in Bad Teacher.
Justin and Cameron seen here in 2007
Justin Timberlake and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actress briefly dated back in 2003.
She went on to marry Stanford professor Vaughn Rasberry in 2016 and the couple have a three-year-old son called Edward.
Justin and the Charmed star dated for a few months in 2002.
On the Australian breakfast show Rove and Sam in 2016, Justin revealed he had a crush on her when he was a child and she was on Who’s The Boss.
‘Then we dated briefly, so that got weird,’ he quipped. ‘I was like: “Hey, I used to be obsessed with you when I was a kid.”‘
Channing Tatum’s ex has admitted she and the SexyBack singer dated in 2002, following his split from Britney Spears.
She said on Watch What Happens Live that she was his backup dancer ‘like, during-after the breakup’ with Britney.
According to Jenna the relationship was ‘not that long, guys. We were like friends, friends that then dated, and then we’re just really good friends now.’
Justin and Britney Spears dated between 1998 and 2002 – including their iconic double denim appearance at the 2001 American Music Awards.
They met as children while both were members of the Mickey Mouse Club amid a group that included Christina Aguilera.
She famously opened for his boy band NSYNC in 1998. Three years later, Britney, NSYNC and Aerosmith played the Super Bowl halftime together.
There were rumors she lost her virginity to Justin but her mother Lynn wrote in her memoirs that Britney was 14 when she first had sex.
When they split in 2002 there was unconfirmed conjecture that the breaking point was her infidelity with choreographer Wade Robson.
Wade featured in the Leaving Neverland documentary where said that when he was a child he was sexually abused by Michael Jackson.
Britney and Justin at the 2001 American Music Awards
Justin began dating Veronica in 1996 when he was 17, already in NSYNC, and she was 16 in the girl group Innosense.
In 2012 she told Star: ‘I was a “girl version of Justin.” We hit it off right away.’ She shared: ‘Our love was unique, and he was an absolute sweetheart.’
Veronica worried that Justin was unfaithful while touring and so they split, but she confessed in 2012 that she has held onto a box of pictures, letters and other items to remember the relationship by.
JT dated the Black Eyed Peas songstress way back in 1996.
The pop star, whose real name is Stacy Ann Ferguson, admitted on Watch What Happens Live that their fling wasn’t ‘all that serious.’
Who is Alisha Wainwright?
Justin Timberlake was seen getting cozy at a New Orleans bar with his Palmer co-star Alisha Wainwright this week.
Despite pictures of them holding hands – with Justin’s wedding ring missing – a source told DailyMail.com they were ‘out with a group of people from [the Palmer] production. There was nothing going on.’
So who is the leggy bombshell at the center of the rumor storm?
Origin story: Alisha Ena Wainwright was brought up by her single mother in Miami far from the glitter of Hollywood
Alisha Ena Wainwright was brought up by her single mother in Miami far from the glitter of Hollywood.
‘My mother is Jamaican and my father is Haitian, so growing up I spent a lot of my very early years going back and forth between both countries,’ she told Conde Nast Traveler.
Her teen years were scarred by money problems but her mother made sure to insulate Alisha from any distress.
‘My mom was incredibly good at sectioning off things that were stressful from my life. I never knew about the issues she had,’ Alisha said to Shondaland.
Well-traveled: ‘My mother is Jamaican and my father is Haitian, so growing up I spent a lot of my very early years going back and forth between both countries,’ she has said
‘She always felt fun and authoritative to me. I never knew what she was going through until later on when I realized there was an incredible financial struggle she went through during my adolescence.’
After majoring in botany at the University of Florida she conducted PhD research in Panama.
She told W: ‘I had a very weird anthropological-botanical focus, and I couldn’t find anyone to give me the money to study it.’
Rising star: She starred as werewolf Maia Roberts on Shadowhunters and now leads the cast of the Netflix sci-fi series Raising Dion
Her professional frustration drove her away from science and into acting, where she made her bones in 2012 on the YouTube comedy show Smosh.
Alisha became a star as werewolf Maia Roberts on the Freeform show Shadowhunters from 2017 till the end of the show this year.
Now she stars as the widowed mother of a child superhero on Raising Dion, a Netflix sci-fi show featuring Michael B. Jordan as her late husband.
‘I was raised by a single mother so I know that there’s a lot of drama in that life, and there is a lot to pull from,’ she told W.
Globetrotter: Her travels are documented on her Instagram page as in this smoldering snapshot taken in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago