Some Internet sources reported that the couple had been married in Jackson Hole, but it turns out Timberlake wasn’t even in Wyoming over the weekend.
Gossip columnist Janet Charlton wrote on her website that the couple had been married.
“A source just told us that Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are getting married in Jackson Hole, Wyoming as we write this,” Charlton said. “They pulled a fast one on everybody! Jessica lied in a recent interview when she was asked about the upcoming nuptials and insisted ‘We haven’t planned a thing!'”
But it turns out this couldn’t be further from the truth.
“Despite rumors to the contrary, the engaged duo didn’t wed in a ‘top secret’ Jackson Hole, Wyoming, ceremony on Saturday,” said Us Weekly.
The local media even picked up on the rumor. KPVI, a TV station just over the border in Idaho, tweeted on Saturday: “Hey, did anyone see Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel walking around Jackson Hole wearing new wedding rings this weekend?”
The Gossip Cop also checked into the rumor and was not happy the story had been put on an entertainment website in the first place.
“‘Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have reportedly tied the knot in a top secret ceremony on August 18!’ begins a piece from HollywoodLife, once again carelessly regurgitating an internet rumor without bothering to fact check,” said the website.
Both Us Weekly and Gossip Cop said they confirmed the falsehood of the rumor with a source close to the couple, at least one with a family member.
The weekend wedding actually wasn’t even a remote possibility for the couple. In fact, “remote” might be the key word, as Timberlake was in Puerto Rico over the weekend. The musician-turned-actor is filming his new film, Runner Runner.
“One eyewitness tells Us Weekly they saw Timberlake head into a movie with a group of pals Saturday afternoon,” said the magazine.
Timberlake and Biel are not strangers to Jackson Hole. Timberlake proposed to Biel in the small Wyoming resort town last December.
The couple is reportedly taking their time and enjoying their engagement. Biel is currently doing promotions for Total Recall, so it may be a while before they say “I do.”