It’s been a good week for romance.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel used another glamorous event as an excuse for a date night when they attended the 11th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards ceremony Friday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. And they couldn’t seem to keep their hands off each other.
The new parents arrived hand-in-hand and joked around on the red carpet. At one point, Timberlake stepped to the side and let Biel have the spotlight while he smiled and shook his head in awe. Later, he pretended to take pictures of his wife, which made Biel playfully slap his arm. Once at the table, Timberlake whispered in Biel’s ear, gave her a sweet kiss, and kept her close with his arm around her shoulders.
Biel wore a black dress with ruffles down the sleeves and skirt and an intricate cutout panel around her waist, and black pointy-toed heels. Her hubby also got the all-black memo, dressing in a black suit, dress shirt and shoes.
Timberlake and Biel, who have been married since October 2012, were honored at the event with the Inspiration Award for the impact they have had on the lives of LGBT youth. While accepting their award, the couple briefly donned hats with “RESPECT” written across the front before the former N*SYNC member realized that, “We look like we’re in another boy band.”
In their acceptance speech, Biel, 33, thanked GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) “for leading the way to make our schools more safe, welcoming and yes, inspiring places for all of our children.”
Timberlake, 34, continued: “And also, thank you for allowing mommy and daddy to have a rare date night out together with other adults. Honey, look around. This is what adults look like … They don’t smell like poopy diapers.”
Biel then drew on their own experience as parents to Silas Randall, 6 months, to recognize the impact of the organization’s work.
“To be new parents is to witness up close and very personal the full miracle that every individual girl and boy really is,” she said. “So thank you GLSEN so much for all that you do to ensure individuality of every kid – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender – is respected, protected and treasured by our schools.”
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Her husband then spoke directly to young people: “Every day, all of you are also standing proudly on the right side of history. Even with all the trouble in our world today, this movement clearly is winning and is going to keep on winning. Thank you for starting a trend, a change. A change that one day will make it possible for our own son to grow up and thrive in a world where … all he has to do is just be himself.”
Timberlake concluded the speech, saying, “I’m going to stop talking now … because mommy’s looking hot and it’s date night. So we’re going to go home and you can figure out the rest.”
The night before, JT and Biel attended the 2015 Fashion Group International Night of Stars Gala in N.Y.C. and again epitomized #RelationshipGoals on the red carpet. Two glamorous mom and dad-only events in two days? Looks like they’ve found a reliable babysitter!