Justin Timberlake and actress Alisha Wainwright are grabbing headlines after The Sun shared photos and a video of them holding hands while hanging out with friends in New Orleans. The pictures, which were posted by the outlet on Nov. 23, immediately fuelled rumours about the nature of Justin and Alisha's relationship. However, a source told People that Justin — who shares a 4-year-old son, Silas, with his wife, Jessica Biel — and Alisha are just friends.
Confirming that their night out was "completely innocent," the source added, "It's a balcony with a group of people and it was definitely nothing happening. He's down there shooting [his film] Palmer, they're starring in the movie together and they're cool and everybody was just hanging out."
Alisha's rep also denied any sort of scandal, saying, "There is no validity to this speculation. They are currently working on a project together. Members of the cast and crew were all together." The rep added that the video of Alisha and Justin holding hands doesn't mean anything. "The video may look a way, but literally it was nothing," they continued. "It was some friends, members of the team, crew and people like that. They all know each other and were hanging. Like come on, they're on an open balcony in New Orleans and he's famous. It was nothing."
Justin and Alisha are set to star alongside each other in Palmer, a film about a college football star named Eddie Palmer who serves time in prison before returning to his hometown to rebuild his life. Alisha will portray a teacher named Maggie Hayes, who develops a relationship with Eddie, played by Justin. The movie does not have a release date yet.