After an extended controversy, fans are noticing even the smallest signals from Justin Timberlake and his wife Jessica Biel. Following a post on Instagram where Biel can be seen posing for a photoshoot, Timberlake commented with "❤️😍❤️." The comment has received a number of replies to date, and users are divided as to what it might mean.
One user simply said "Well said!!!! 💗👏." Another left words of encouragement, "You are a beautiful couple stay strong," they wrote below Timberlake's comment.
Some were more verbose in their comments. "Leave a comment that comes from a place of love, that is the reflection of your soul. Build don't destroy. We are humans and not perfect, I'm sure everyone in here had done something that they were not proud of. Be more compassionate and let people go on with their life. Not everything needs to be a forever drama, some people move on and learn from the experiences & mistakes. Let's focus on our own personal growth. 🙏❤️," one user wrote.
While Timberlake received plenty of encouraging words, other users were a little less supportive of his comment. "Cry me a river," one commenter wrote in a reference to the singer's hit song.
"Trying to get out of the dog house, huh," said another. There were also plenty of eye roll emojis and even a few middle fingers. The reaction to Timberlake's comment was clearly mixed, and that's largely thanks to the controversy that's swirled around his marriage in recent weeks.
The controversy stems from photographs that showed Timberlake holding hands and getting intimate with Alisha Wainwright. At the time, he was filming "Palmer" in New Orleans with her. After the photos surfaced, Timberlake was immediately accused of being unfaithful to his wife and issued a public apology via Instagram.
"A few weeks ago I displayed a strong lapse in judgment -- but let me be clear -- nothing happened between me and my co-star," Timberlake wrote in his statement. "I drank way too much that night and I regret my behavior. I should have known better."
"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," he continued. "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."
Whether you think it's positive or not, Timberlake is clearly working to mend some fences in the aftermath of being caught.