Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel’s journey to the altar

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are finally hitched! Their nuptials inspired us to take a long look back at their relationship — which hasn’t always been so happy.

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake: The history of their relationship

It’s finally official: Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel tied the knot this week in an intimate (and star-studded) ceremony near Puglia, Italy.

“It’s great to be married, the ceremony was beautiful and it was so special to be surrounded by our family and friends,” they said in a statement to People.

Timberlake popped the question over the 2011 holiday in Big Sky, Montana. The pair tried to keep it under wraps, but JT’s grandma spilled the beans to RadarOnline.

“Yes, Justin is engaged,” Sadie Bomar told the website in January. “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.”

Their relationship wasn’t always so storybook perfect, though. Let’s take a jaunt down memory lane, shall we?

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“Good” beginnings

Timberlake was fresh off the heels of his four-year relationship with actress Cameron Diaz when he was spotted getting chummy with Biel at a January 2007 Golden Globes after party.

The interaction reportedly angered Diaz, but that didn’t deter the pair from taking their budding relationship to the slopes. The pair was spotted snowboarding in Park City, Utah, later that month. Sources insisted they were just friends, though.

“He’s trying to have a good time,” the source said.

Apparently, that “good time” turned into serious business quickly. Biel soon accompanied Timberlake as he embarked on the European leg of his tour. They were spotted at a soccer game in Manchester, England, and later in Amsterdam and Sweden.

Apparently, feelings were getting pretty strong at that point.

“Justin’s in love,” a source said in May 2007. “She’s the coolest chick ever. He wants to be with her all the time. He’s ready to be serious.”

He gushed about Biel in an interview with Oprah Winfrey later that same year, though he declined to name her.

“I get pretty romantic around her,” he told Oprah. “But all I can tell you is, she smells lovely.”

He later denied to Jay Leno that they were engaged, though Biel was more than willing to talk about marriage — rhetorically, of course.

“You know, the actual idea of signing those papers and doing all this stuff about it, I’ve never been someone who’s like, ‘I have to, have to, have to have it,'” Biel told Harper’s Bazaar in the August 2008 issue. “But the idea of being with somebody I care about, who’s my soul mate, that sounds groovy.”

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Did Justin cheat?

Their relationship wasn’t always kittens and roses, though. The pair broke off the relationship in fall 2010, amid rumors that Timberlake had cheated on Biel with Olivia Munn and his Friends With Benefits co-star Mila Kunis. Friends of both actresses denied anything happened.

“There is no truth to the reports. Olivia Munn is not that type of girl,” a source told People in October 2010.

The real reason for the breakup? Sources insisted the relationship had just run its course.

“Their entire relationship, once they got past the honeymoon stage, was a roller coaster of ups and downs,” the friend told People. “Justin always gets accused of being associated with practically every female that he has worked with, and there’s no truth to it. He has never cheated on her.”

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Both seemed to move on from the relationship without a hitch… or so we thought. Timberlake showed he still had big feelings for Biel during a June 2011 interview with Vanity Fair.

“She is the single-handedly most significant person in my life,” he said. “In my 30 years, she is the most special person, OK?… I don’t want to say much more, because I have to protect things that are dear to me — for instance, her.”

They were later spotted canoodling everywhere from Las Vegas to Colorado. However, both sides denied their relationship was back on.

“A girl doesn’t kiss and tell,” she told Elle when asked about their status.

Wedded bliss

The rumor mill has been working overtime since the pair announced their engagement. They were allegedly going to marry in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in September, though the weekend went off without word of a wedding.

What did happen that month? It was Timberlake’s bachelor party in Las Vegas. He seemed more than ready to kiss his single days goodbye, though.

“She’s a really, really, really special person,” he told reporters in September. “Plus, she’s really, really hot!”

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