Just when you thought Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s love story couldn’t get more Hollywood perfect, the singer reveals their meet-cute story in an excerpt from his new book, Hindsight: And All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me. The photo-heavy coffee table book featuring JT’s personal reflections on his career and life, out today (Oct. 30), finds Timberlake recreating the moment he first met Biel and the song he wrote for her that made him realize their love was real.
“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,” Timberlake writes of the emotional 2013 single from his The 20/20 Experience album in an excerpt of the book on EW.com. “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.”
Timberlake says he met Biel at a surprise party in a private speakeasy club in Hollywood and was immediately entranced when he made a dry, sarcastic comment that nobody else seemed to get but 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,” he says. The talked all night at the party, danced to “Lucky Star” and before he could ask for her number, she was gone.
Timberlake couldn’t stop thinking about her, so at the first show of his FutureSex/LoveSounds tour in San Diego, a pal who knew the actress asked if he could bring her to the gig. “I said, ‘I could be into that.’ Patience may not be my strong suit but, apparently, playing coy is,” he writes. After the show, he invited Biel to hop on his tour bus to ride to his next show in Anaheim. They talked all the way to the next stop and he asked for her number before she hopped off, leading to weeks of talking on the phone.
The rest, of course, is history, with the couple getting engaged in 2011 and married a year later in Italy, with son Silas joining the family in April 2015. “We’ve had a lot of unforgettable times. She’s become a huge influence on my life, and I have such admiration for her, especially seeing her as a mother now,” he says. “She changed me. She changed my life. All of that is in ‘Mirrors.’ Not the details. But the way it felt to have my life be touched by her.”
The chorus to “Mirrors” reflects Timberlake’s love story: “‘Cause I don’t wanna lose you now/ I’m looking right at the other half of me/ The vacancy that sat in my heart/ Is a space that now you hold/ Show me how to fight for now/ And I’ll tell you, baby, it was easy/ Coming back into you once I figured it out/ You were right here all along/ It’s like you’re my mirror/ My mirror staring back at me/ I couldn’t get any bigger/ With anyone else beside of me.”
Timberlake is currently on vocal rest due to bruised vocal cords that has resulted in several postponed concerts on his Man of the Woods tour.
Click here to read the full excerpt.