Hello and welcome back to the saga that is Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel's relationship! If you know anything about Justin and Jessica, it's that they typically keep things cute in public. But I guess all those years of repressed drama came to a head last week when Justin was caught by paparazzi getting cozy with actress Alisha Wainwright while filming their new movie, Palmer, in New Orleans. Justin held Alisha's hand, Alisha had her hand on Justin's thigh—it was all very sus.
Following the massive sh*tstorm those pictures caused, Justin ended up making a Notes app Instagram statement to explain himself and apologize to Jessica and his family for the trouble he caused. Justin denied that anything happened with Alisha and called his actions a "strong lapse in judgment."
"I stay away from gossip as much as I can, but for my family, I feel it is important to address recent rumors that are hurting the people that I love," Justin wrote. "A few weeks ago, I displayed a strong lapse in judgment—but let me be clear—nothing happened between me and my costar."
Justin continued, adding, "I drank way too much that night and I regret my behavior. I should have known better. This is not the example I want to set for my son. I apologize to my amazing wife and family for putting them through such an embarrassing situation, and I am focused on being the best husband and father I can be. This was not that. I am incredibly proud to be working on Palmer. Looking forward to continuing to make this movie and excited for people to see it."
But wait, there's a new development! According to an Us Weekly source, Jessica actually had to push Justin to make this public apology to begin with, if you can believe. Honestly, I don't blame her—I wouldn't just sit there and let my man make a fool out of me!
"Jessica encouraged Justin to put out his statement on Instagram because she felt embarrassed by his actions and wanted him to take accountability," the source said, making a point to note that the couple are "still united."
FWIW, People reported last week that Justin and Jessica are reportedly "working through this," so I'm guessing Justin's apology is a good sign here.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.