Jessica Simpson has revealed she once shared a kiss with Justin Timberlake, but it was far from a romantic encounter. The singer and fashion designer has been making the talk show rounds to promote her memoir, Open Book, and during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, she dished a surprising tale about her relationship with the former child star.
In the interview, Simpson talked about how she auditioned for the Mickey Mouse Club as a child in the early 1990s. At the time, the Disney Channel kiddie show featured future big names such as Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling, Christina Aguilera, and yes, a pre-NSYNC Timberlake. Simpson told Kimmel that she made it to the finals for the All-New Mickey Mouse Club, but because she needed acting lessons, she didn’t get the job.
Fast forward 15 or so years, and Jessica found herself face-to-face with Justin, who was one of the friends she kept in touch with from the Disney days. Following Jessica’s headline-making divorce from Nick Lachey, a then-single Justin paid her a visit and sparks flew.
“He was like over at my house and we shared a nostalgic kiss,” Jessica said of Justin. “And I thought, ‘Oh this is interesting.’”
But then the “Rock Your Body” singer whipped out his cellphone, and things took an awkward turn.
“He took his phone out and started typing,” Jessica told Kimmel. “I was like, okay, I hope that’s not like another girl. Did I stick my tongue out too much?”
Jessica soon realized that JT was settling a bet.
“Apparently him and Ryan Gosling had a bet on who would kiss me first when they were 12-years-old, and so he texted Ryan and said he won the bet,” Jessica explained. “And I was like, oh, okay? So we don’t kiss again. That’s done.”
The singer added that had she still been 12, she would have preferred that Gosling won the bet. Jessica admitted that as a tween she thought Gosling was so cool, and she was impressed that he was from Canada, despite the fact that she didn’t actually know where the country is located on a map. The former Newlyweds star said she also thought there was something “so cute” about Gosling back in the day.
While she never had a real romance with Timberlake, Jessica Simpson went on to find love with another famous singer, John Mayer, before marrying retired NFL player Eric Johnson in 2014. Timberlake married actress Jessica Biel in 2012.
As for those acting lessons that could have helped get her the Mickey Mouse Club job, Jessica revealed she actually took lessons from action star Chuck Norris, who told her to tape her eyebrows down when reciting her lines because she moved them too much.