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Justin Timberlake Engaged to Jessica Biel

Singer-actor apparently popped the question in late December

January 4, 2012 4:45 PM ET
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Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake attend the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood.
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Justin Timberlake has apparently asked longtime girlfriend Jessica Biel to marry him. After an on-again, off-again relationship spanning four years, the celebrity couple were engaged in late December, according to Us Weekly

Timberlake popped the question while the couple were vacationing in Jackson, Wyoming, an insider tells the magazine. "Justin knows how much she loves snowboarding and the mountains, so it was the perfect place," the source said.  

"He knew it was the right time to propose," another source told Us Weekly.

Timberlake, who starred most recently in Bad Teacher with Cameron Diaz and Friends With Benefits with Mila Kunis, is set to play the lead in Spinning Gold, a biopic of Neil Bogart, the late founder of Casablanca Records. Biel appeared most recently in New Year's Eve and The A-Team.

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