Justin Timberlake writes how Jessica Biel changed his life
The following is an excerpt of Hindsight: And All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me, the forthcoming book written by Justin Timberlake. In the excerpt, Timberlake reflects on his marriage to actress Jessica Biel. The book publishes on Oct. 30, and is available for pre-order.
I wrote the song “mirrors” for my wife. We were living together at the time. We weren’t engaged yet. In fact, it was years before I proposed.
The song didn’t come out until just before we got married, years later. The video became a dedication to my grandparents. I learned about long-lasting love from them.
I know that’s what I have with my wife.
When I met Jess, it was undeniable how beautiful she is. We were at a surprise party in Hollywood at a speakeasy kind of a bar, a private club, and we were standing around in a group of people. I made some sort of sarcastic comment, really dry. Nobody got it except her. She laughed, and I noticed, all of a sudden, and in the way where you wonder if a person’s like you, if they have a very dry, dark sense of humor, too.
We talked that night. The DJ played “Lucky Star,” and we danced. And then she was gone.
I didn’t ask for her number. It wasn’t the time. But I was thinking about her. Thoughts kept leaping into my mind: I’m kind of really interested in that girl. There was just something about that girl. Kind of interested in that girl. Goddamn it.
I had to psych myself up. I had to remind myself that I was me—giving myself a pep talk, shadowboxing with myself, rubbing my own shoulders.
Time went by.