The engagement… deconstructed. Justin Timberlake’s new album is now out ahead of his Super Bowl halftime show performance on Sunday, February 4. As promised, the artist gets rather personal about his relationship with Jessica Biel—both within the lyrics and in surrounding commentary—which includes fresh details about how he proposed in early 2012.
Though generally known, the pop superstar finally confirmed to Amazon Music that he proposed to Biel in Montana, which is also the title of one of his singles. “It’s basically about being there with my wife,” the Man of the Woods singer noted. “I proposed there, so it has a really special meaning. That’s really where it started from. It’s really about this moment when you’re saying, ‘I want to make this step.’”
“For me, lyrically, the bridge is my favorite,” he continued. “I think… maybe my favorite bridge on the album, just the way I was able to find the lyrics for that.”
The bridge of the song goes: “Now I know it’s late o’clock / And we’ve been kissin’ for hours / When the moon wakes up the sun / And our shadows cast up on the mountains / It gives the stars somethin’ to watch.”
“Without going into too much of a personal story, it started to really come together just talking about being in the mountains,” Timberlake added in his conversation with Amazon. “When I did propose, I was saying to her, I was like, ‘Oh look at the shadows on the mountains,’ and I had the ring on my pinkie—I guess I will just tell the story. I had the ring on my pinkie and I was like, ‘Look at the shadows over there on the mountains,’ and she was like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s beautiful,’ and I was like, ‘Do you see it?’ So it was something that inspired the lyrics for the bridge.”
The pair dated for about four years before Timberlake’s romantic gesture. “It’s actually not anything I ever really thought was going to happen to me. Or that I really wanted,” Biel subsequently told the the Associated Press. “And when it happened, it just seemed… It just was right. It’s wonderful.”
They married in Italy in October 2012.