Justin Timberlake found himself in hot water after photos and video emerged of him getting handsy with his Palmer costar, Alisha Wainwright. A Timberlake source initially told People that the situation was “completely innocent” and that Timberlake was not cheating on his wife, Jessica Biel.
“It’s a balcony with a group of people and it was definitely nothing happening. He’s down there shooting [his film] Palmer, they’re starring in the movie together and they’re cool and everybody was just hanging out.
The video may look a way, but literally it was nothing. It was some friends, members of the team, crew and people like that. They all know each other and were hanging. Like come on, they’re on an open balcony in New Orleans and he’s famous. It was nothing..”
However, the rumors persisted, prompting Timberlake to make a statement on Instagram in order to deny the allegations of cheating, apologize to his family, and to plug his movie (yikes).
“I stay away from gossip as much as I can, but for my family, I feel it is important to address recent rumors that are hurting the people I love.
A few weeks ago I displayed a strong lapse in judgment — but let me be clear — nothing happened between me and my costar. I drank way too much that night and I regret my behavior. I should have known better.
This is not the example I want to set for my son. 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.”
In the wake of that apology, fans have been showing their support for Biel in her Instagram comments, dragging Timberlake and leaving messages of encouragement.
“Don’t forget that you are a QUEEN!”
“Stay strong for your family”
“Keep your head up, girl!”
“So sad ….sorry for what happened to you and your family”
There are rumors that Timberlake and Biel had an infidelity clause in their prenup, so we’ll see if Timberlake’s behavior are relevant should the couple choose to split.
Biel has made no public indications over wanting to leave Timberlake after his indiscretion, but her fans certainly think she’s well within her rights to. While some of the Instagram comments were to boost her confidence, many were just messages that she should leave Timberlake behind.
“Hope you leave your husband after that scandal. You deserve better!”
“Break up with Justin. He will [never] change! Blames his mistakes on alcohol [oh my God] he is so cringe.”
“Jessica, you deserve better. You’re beyond amazing. You set the example you’re (sic) child will emulate. Follow your heart. Much love.”