Justin Timberlake has apologised to wife Jessica Biel after he was pictured holding hands with a co-star.
“A few weeks ago I displayed a strong lapse in judgement,” he wrote in an emotional Instagram post.
“I drank way too much that night and regret my behaviour. I should have known better.”
The 38-year-old said he wanted to make it clear that “nothing happened” between him and actor Alisha Wainwright.
He was snapped hand-in-hand with Alisha in November – they were part of a group pictured drinking on a balcony in New Orleans.
The pair were in the US city filming the upcoming movie Palmer – in which they play lovers.
“I stay away from gossip as much as I can, but for my family I feel it is important to address recent rumours that are hurting the people I love,” the singer and actor wrote.
“I drank way too much that night and regret my behaviour. I should have known better. This is not the example I want to set for my son.”
Justin Timberlake has been married to actress Jessica Biel, 37, since 2012, and they have a son Silas, four.
“I apologise to my amazing wife and family for putting them through such an embarrassing situation, and I am focused on being the best husband and father I can be,” he added.
‘Promoting the film will be awkward’
Analysis from Sarah Packer senior showbiz reporter at MailOnline
“Well, the pictures didn’t look great, did they? It’s not how you might expect to see a married man with a family behaving.
“I imagine he spoke to his people before putting out the Instagram post. Otherwise, it would have been too much of a shock for them.
“I also don’t feel it’s a move to prevent damage to his image – it feels like a sincere apology.
“You do have to credit somebody for stepping forward and saying, ‘Look, I hold my hands up, I made a mistake’. He’s just looking for forgiveness now, and if Jessica has forgiven him then there’s no reason why we shouldn’t as well.
“Going forward, it’ll be massively awkward when it comes to him and his co-star going on the promotional tour for the film. There’s likely to be nervousness between them, especially on her part.
“And because Justin Timberlake has commented on the situation it means journalists can now ask them questions they thought were off the cards before.”
Justin Timberlake has spent most of his life in the public eye – first appearing on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club as a child.
He later went on to join the group NSYNC – and has dated Britney Spears and Cameron Diaz.
In interviews after splitting up with Britney he revealed the song Cry Me a River was written two hours after they broke up.
The singer and actor has released five studio albums and starred in more than 20 feature films including Alpha Dogs, In Time and The Social Network.