Last week we learned that Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake got themselves married in an intimate wedding ceremony in Italy and shortly thereafter, we got our first look at the couple’s wedding photos. Today we learn that Jessica has decided to change her last name to Timberlake, honoring an age old tradition where women take the last name of their husbands. It is not uncommon these days for women to retain their last name after marriage but clearly Jessica decided that she wanted to go the traditional route and change her last name from Biel to Timberlake.
Newlywed Jessica Biel is ready for all the changes that come with married life – including a new last name. “Yes, I’m changing my name,” says Biel, 30, who next appears in the film Hitchcock. “My professional name will still be the same, but for life, yes, I think it sounds great. I think I really won the jackpot of names.” But Biel, who wore a “whimsical” Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown for her Oct. 19 wedding to Justin Timberlake , is most excited about building a life with her new husband. “It’s hard to find that one person in the world,” says Biel. “Once you find that person, go for it. That kind of commitment is very special.” The stars’ “fantasy” nuptials capped off a week of celebrating for the duo, who toasted alongside 100 close friends and family on the Southern Italian coast.
Honestly, I like the tradition of changing one’s last name after marriage. It doesn’t have to be the woman to change her name, some men change their last names … or the couple decides to hyphenate their last name. It makes complete sense for Jessica Biel to retain her last name for professional reasons and take her husband’s name in her personal life. Not all actresses do that. When Jenna Dewan married Channing Tatum she changed her last name to Jenna Dewan Tatum both personally and professionally. In any event, congratulations again goes out to the newlyweds … and the new Mrs. Timberlake in particular.