Justin Timberlake is one of the few celebrities whose birthday I actually remember; the only other ones I can think of right now are Britney Spears, who shares a birthday with my dad, and David Bowie, who, uh, is my personal savior.
But I remember Justin Timberlake’s birthday because I actually used to celebrate it. My best friend in elementary and middle school, Savannah, and I went through all the preteen crazes together. We had a Spice Girls club until Geri Halliwell left and ruined everything. Then came the Backstreet Boys, who were pretty fantastic, but still not completely what we needed. Then came NSYNC. And NSYNC made all our dreams come true.
We made collages from posters from Tiger Beat and J-14. We had a binder full of fan fiction that we had slaved over during slumber parties and math class. We had a fight when No Strings Attached came out because my dad took me to get it on the day it was released, but her dad couldn’t do it so she was mad when I kept talking about how awesome it was. We cried together when our parents refused to drive us three hours away to the closest concert. We were serious fans.
We were so serious that one night, Savannah felt the need to confront me about my treasonous, continuing love of the Backstreet Boys. She told me that I needed to choose which side I was going to take, and that flip-flopping was no longer acceptable. I needed to declare my allegiance. The next time I slept over at her house, I brought all my Backstreet Boys memorabilia – my posters and t-shirts and trinkets and love letters – and we burned them in the backyard. Seriously, we loved NSYNC.
Today, Justin turns 31. And to celebrate, let’s go over some of the highlights of his career, ok?
January 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm by Emily
“Yes, Justin is engaged. … Jessica is a very sweet girl, she’s upright and everything and we love her. She’s a wonderful campaigner for the environment and Justin is too, a fine young man. Jessica will be a lovely member of the family. They don’t know if the wedding will be in Memphis or Colorado. It’s all very new; they haven’t made any plans yet. Justin, his mom and dad and Jessica have all been in Montana all Christmas and New Year, that’s when he proposed. Justin rang me himself on Christmas day to tell me about the engagement. … You know Justin, he’s a very laid back. He was excited, but he don’t make a big episode out of anything. It just seemed like the right time for him I guess.”
Leave it to grandmas to spill the beans, am I right?
The above quote is direct from Justin Timberlake‘s grandma, Sadie Bomar, who was unwittingly approached around the holidays by a rogue paparazzi who happened to know where she lived. Naturally, grandma did what grandmas do – she gushed about her boy and let all of the secrets of the world slip, but come on. Who could ever be angry at a grandma (especially a grandma as cute and unassuming as Justin Timberlake’s grandma) for spouting off family news? The speculation finally comes to an end, and isn’t that just great?!
I guess we know where to go, now, when Jessica Biel-baby-bump rumors start to appear. Heaven knows we’ll find out, by hook or by crook. Or by default grandma.
Congrats to the newly-engaged couple, and way to go, Gram! You’re the best!
January 6, 2012 at 6:30 am by Sarah
Right after Thanksgiving, we told you guys that there was a rumor floating around that if Jessica Biel threatened to leave Justin Timberlake, he would marry her. The deal was that Justin didn’t really want to get married because he thought “marriage would hurt his career,” but if push came to shove, he’d get shoved, I reckon. Then, right before Christmas, we let you guys in on the word on the street, which was that Justin proposed to Jessica at a ski resort in Wyoming. And today, just a few days after New Year’s, I’m here to tell you that Us Weekly is making it official with an exclusive:
After a series of breakups and makeups, JustinTimberlake and Jessica Biel have finally decided to get married!
Several insiders tell the new issue of Us Weekly (on stands Friday) that the couple of four and a half years became engaged in late December.
Timberlake, a six-time Grammy winner, popped the question to Biel, 29, in the mountains of Jackson, Wyoming. “Justin knows how much she loves snowboarding and the mountains, so it was the perfect place,” one insider explains.
After a brief three-month split in 2011, Biel made it clear that she wanted to spend her life with Timberlake, 30. “When they reunited, they had a conversation about taking the next step.”
Another Timberlake insider adds that he’s “never been happier” with the New Year’s Eve actress. “He knew it was the right time to propose.”
“But Emily, if this magazine has the exclusive, why did you add that little ‘maybe’ up there in the headline?” Well, I’ll tell you why. Because I don’t buy it. Or, ok, I could possibly be talked into buying some of it. I could believe that these two are actually engaged, and that they did have that conversation about taking the next step. What I don’t believe is that Justin is as happy as this article makes him out to be.
Ok, think about how many times Justin and Jessica have broken up. Now think about how miserable they so often look while they’re together. And now go ahead and think about all those stories where Jessica is just way too clingy and weird. Do you foresee a happy marriage for these two?
It just pains me, that’s all. I’m not trying to be negative, and if their relationship is actually incredibly different than everything we’ve ever seen from them for the past four years or so, then that’s great. Then congratulations! But if the media is right with all of this, then it hurts my heart that an individual as beautiful and wonderful as Justin Timberlake is seemingly getting trapped in a marriage to crazy ol’ Biel. I believe in true love, you guys, and the way I see it, true love doesn’t involve stalking and strong-arming.
January 4, 2012 at 5:30 pm by Emily
8Quotables: Elton John Would Like Justin Timberlake to Play Elton John in Upcoming Bio-Pic About Elton John
“I’ve got a wish list of people. Number one on my wishlist is Justin Timberlake, because he played me before in a David LaChapelle video of Rocket Man and he was superb.”
The Guardian reports that a movie based on the life of Elton John is all but inevitable—Why? Why does this need to be a movie, even?—but Elton promises it will be campy and surreal, “not just a factual look at my life, more in the manner of a Moulin Rouge.”
Alternatively, you should go back to courting James McAvoy for the role, since that kid actually has the chops. No offense, Justin.
January 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm by Jenn
It’s also kind of mediocre. And honestly, it’s a pure Timbaland/Timbalake hybrid, because the music is straight-up Justin and the lyrical rhymes are straight-up Timbaland. So you’re probably wondering why the two didn’t just get together and hop up in the studio themselves and record the music. And I don’t have an answer for that. I tried a long time ago to fathom the workings of Justin Timberlake’s mind, guys, and it was like looking into the eye of a tornado. Or the brown eye of Kim Kardashian. Both are equally terrifying in their own right, and both are sort of lazy in their paths, yet destructive as hell. Which is where I’m starting to think Justin Timberlake is headed. (To “lazy,” not to “Kim Kardashian’s brown eye” that is.)
December 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm by Sarah
Rumor in Wyoming is, Justin Timberlake finally proposed to his beloved, Jessica Biel, at a Jackson Hole ski resort. The rumor itself comes from the Twitter feed of nearby Tayloe Pigott Gallery. Tayloe Piggott looks like a classy enough operation, so this scrap of gossip seems as credible as any.
And anyway, just last month Emily speculated that something like this was on the horizon. What do you guys think? Has it finally happened?