Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake have finally confirmed the news that everyone had already guessed - the pair have headed to splitsville. The final indignity for Jessica came at last week's Oscar's where Timberlake brought his mum as his date. But according to sources, the writing on the wall could be seen earlier in the year, when Justin publicly mocked the actress at a birthday dinner.

The stars' representative reported the news, telling The Daily Mail, 'We are confirming that they mutually have decided to part ways. The two remain friends and continue to hold the highest level of love and respect for each other.’ According to sources, the reason for the split (other than the numerous rumours of Timber's infidelity) was an 'awkward' birthday that Biel threw for her boyfriend at the start of the year. Jessica stood to give a gushing speech declaring her love for Justin. At times appearing close to tears, she remembered their first date. At the end of the moving tribute, instead of reciprocating, Timberlake shouted, ‘Yeah b*tches!’ A friend remembers,'It was really awkward. Justin's reaction was almost disrespectful. He just laughed it off.'

But following the announcement of the break-up, the battle of the PRs has already begun, with Biel's 'friend' asserting that, far from being heartbroken, the actress is made of sturdier stuff. The pal said, ‘Jessica is not devastated, that's just cr*p. She's a very independent, proud woman with her own career, she's fine.'

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