What really happened between Olivia Wilde and Justin Timberlake?

Olivia Wilde and Justin Timberlake have both had their fair share of publicity, but the pair, who co-starred in the 2011 film In Time, were once the subject of messy tabloid fodder. Timberlake married actress Jessica Biel in 2012 after meeting the “Total Recall” star in 2007 on USA Today. The couple have since welcomed two children, Silas and Phineas, and are now one of the most adorable Hollywood couples around. Seriously, her family Instagram photos are adorable!

After ending her seven-year engagement to actor Jason Sudeikis, Wilde began a romance with singer Harry Styles. And while initial reports suggested that Wilde and Sudeikis’ split was amicable, sources later revealed to People that the “Ted Lasso” star was “absolutely heartbroken” by Wilde’s new relationship.

But long before Wilde started dating Styles and a year before Timberlake and Biel said “yes,” rumors were circulating about the “In Time” co-stars’ relationship.

Olivia Wilde and Justin Timberlake went to a nightclub

Speculation about Olivia Wilde and Justin Timberlake’s relationship began immediately after the couple starred in the sci-fi action film In Time.

In 2011, The Daily Mail ran an article about an incident in which the couple reportedly flirted at a Los Angeles nightclub. “They were dancing, whispering, he had his hand on her back and shoulders and they were together all night,” a source told the publication, adding, “His arm was around her, they were talking closely, just the two of them.” Justin and Olivia were there with a group but didn’t speak to anyone else.”

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The alleged incident happened in April 2011, just a few weeks after Timberlake’s brief split from Biel. And while Timberlake and Biel would later rekindle their romance, the gap in their relationship time led some to believe the “Can’t Stop the Feeling” singer had more than enough time to bond with Wilde.

Olivia shot down dating rumors

After news of their alleged affair, Olivia Wilde ended all speculation that she was dating Justin Timberlake. In a tweet that appeared to address reports that she and Timberlake were cozying up at a nightclub, Wilde emphasized that their relationship is strictly platonic. “Cool honey badgers,” Wilde wrote. “We’re just friends and have been for years.”

Wilde’s claim makes sense given that the couple had previously collaborated on another project. Wilde starred alongside Timberlake in the 2007 film Alpha Dog. And while the current status of their friendship is unknown, Wilde and Timberlake were spotted at an event together in 2013 and appeared as friendly as ever.

Ultimately, both entertainers appear to have said goodbye to the rumors that plagued their relationship over a decade ago. Timberlake is married to Jessica Biel and will celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary in October 2022, while Wilde is reportedly hoping to go public with her relationship with singer Harry Styles.