There’s trouble in paradise for Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.
Pals say the two were having problems long before rumors circulated that the singer cheated at NYC nightclub Avenue late last month. Timberlake and Biel, a couple for two years, haven’t been spotted together since late May, and friends say their relationship is quickly going south.
“Things don’t look good for them right now — they’ve hit a really rocky spot,” confides a source close to Timberlake, who adds that serious problems began back in February during a boys’ trip to Las Vegas.
“Justin had to leave dinner once because Jessica was calling him incessantly. They got into a huge screaming match over the phone about how she’s always ‘checking up’ on him. She’s extremely needy and is always keeping tabs on him.”
The insider isn’t the only one who thinks Biel is a bother. “All his friends think she’s really annoying,” added the source. “She’s always trying to be one of the guys. She and Justin have no chemistry.”
And if things went badly between JT and Biel the last time the singer went away for a weekend with the boys, they’re surely no better now.
“Justin is partying in London right now,” said the insider. “Jessica wanted to go with him, but he wasn’t having it. He just wanted to get away with the guys. He needed his space from her.”
JT certainly does seem to be having a blast in the U.K. He attended Elton John’s White Tie and Tiara Ball and a concert with Prince Harry and Chace Crawford in Hyde Park, hit Wimbledon and launched his clothing line, William Rast — all before going out for a night on the town with Madonna’s ex Guy Ritchie.
At least one Timberlake pal has Biel’s back. “Jessica is really fun to be around,” says JT’s former ’N Sync cohort Lance Bass. “I haven’t spoken to Justin in a while, but the last I knew, he really loved her.”
Timberlake’s rep says she doesn’t comment on her client’s personal life; Biel’s didn’t respond to calls.