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Justin Timberlake apologises to wife Jessica Biel for ‘strong lapse in judgement’

Justin Timberlake has apologised to his wife Jessica Biel for a “strong lapse in judgement” after he was pictured holding hands with an actress during a night out.

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have a four-year-old son together

The singer and actor said he “should have known better” and blamed alcohol after he was snapped hand in hand with Alisha Wainwright in New Orleans, where they have been filming their upcoming movie Palmer.

In a post on Instagram, Timberlake said he regretted his behaviour and added that it “is not the example I want to set for my son” – referring to four-year old Silas, his only child with Biel.

The former NSYNC singer wrote: “I stay away from gossip as much as I can, but for my family I feel it is important to address recent rumours that are hurting the people I love.

“A few weeks ago I displayed a strong lapse in judgement – but let me be clear – nothing happened between me and my costar.

“I drank way too much that night and I regret my behaviour. I should have known better. This is not the example I want to set for my son.

“I apologise to my amazing wife and family for putting them through such an embarrassing situation, and I am focused on being the best husband and father I can be.

“This was not that.”

Biel, who married Timberlake in 2012, is yet to comment on the photographs of her 38-year-old husband and 30-year-old Wainwright, which were taken last month.

Wainwright has also not commented.

Timberlake ended his statement on Instagram by saying he was “incredibly proud to be working on Palmer” and he was “looking forward to continuing to make this movie and excited for people to see it”.

The movie, directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens, began filming last month and tells the story of an ex-convict who strikes up a friendship with a boy from a troubled home.