The rumors were true! Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are now a married couple, having tied the knot this week in southern Italy. The newlyweds confirmed the union to PEOPLE magazine, which released a statement from the couple as a tease for its upcoming issue containing photos from the wedding album.

The official statement from Timberlake and Biel read, "It's great to be married, the ceremony was beautiful and it was so special to be surrounded by our family and friends." To prolong the suspense (and possibly to keep the media at bay), guests were not made aware of the exact location of the wedding until the last minute.

Timberlake, 31, and Biel, 30, dated for five years before getting hitched. They split up briefly in 2011 but got back together and were engaged by the end of the year. The couple threw a star-studded engagement party in May, and JT held a bachelor party last month in Las Vegas and Mexico.

The former ‘N Sync singer previously revealed that it took lots of wooing during telephone conversations to get Biel to go on a first date with him. "I had to be pretty persistent in order to get her to say yes," he said. "But I have a fair amount of tenacity, and if I want something I stick to it. And in the end she agreed."

Next week's People magazine will feature photos from the wedding, plus all the details about the guest list and the ceremony itself. Congrats to the newest married couple in Hollywood!

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