The actor looked casual in a T-shirt, jeans and black jacket during filming this Monday, December 2. Though he seemed focused while acting, he looked somber when, between scenes, he was pictured texting, talking on the phone and chewing on a toothpick.
Timberlake’s subdued demeanor comes as no surprise to fans who know things have allegedly been tense between him and wife Jessica Biel ever since he was caught holding hands with Wainwright, 30.
In late November, The Sun captured photos and videos of a seemingly drunk Timberlake, 38, caressing his costar as she held her hand on his thigh while sitting next to him on a hotel balcony. The two were in New Orleans to film Palmer — the upcoming movie in which, ironically, they play lovers.
“They were smiling and laughing,” an eyewitness told The Sun. “At one stage he grabbed her hand and rested it on his knee. She then gently started stroking his leg. Then he clutched her hand with both of his and was playing with her hands.”
The friendly costars were allegedly alone on he balcony for 40 minutes before joining the rest of the film crew.
Though Biel, 37, has not spoken publicly of her husband’s PDA session with Wainwright, Timberlake quickly denied all rumors of an affair. His rep told PEOPLE: “There is no validity to this speculation. They are currently working on a project together. Members of the cast and crew were all together.”
Wainwright’s rep shared the same statement with Us Weekly.
“They are like brother and sister,” a second insider told Us. “They are definitely not hooking up. She has been dating an actor who lives in L.A.”
Since the scandal, Timberlake has stayed mostly off the radar.
Trouble In Paradise?
His and Biel’s last Instagram posts are from November 21, hours before the actor’s PDA photos were exposed.
While the married actors recently celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary, things have been rocky between them for quite some time.
One year before their 2012 nuptials, the stars broke up, saying in a statement that they were better as friends.
Meant To Be?
Still, they eventually managed to hash things out.
In 2015 they welcomed their son, Silas, but Biel began feeling insecure about her appearance.
This only escalated after Timberlake made a joke about her being a “soccer mom,” and soon, the two were attending weekly counseling sessions.
At that time, a Radar source claimed Timberlake was telling friends “Jessica’s insecurity can sometimes drive him nuts and he wished she’d lighten up.”
Things between the couple seemed to improve after that — that is until Timberlake’s recent PDA scandal!