Justin Timberlake isn't one to go on and on about his love life, but the singer made an exception while promoting his new movie, Trouble With the Curve.
During a recent press conference with the Hollywood Foreign Press, Timberlake, 31, spoke candidly about his fiancee and love of five years, Jessica Biel, 30. "She's a really, really, really special person," the Tennessee native told reporters. "Plus, she's really, really, hot!"
According to Timberlake, Biel -- who once dated Captain America: First Avenger star Chris Evans, 31 -- was reluctant to begin dating him in 2007. "There was nothing starry about the way we got together. It was very un-Hollywood-esque, in fact," recalled Timberlake, who split with Cameron Diaz, 40, in late 2006. "We met and got talking. Afterwards I asked my friend if I could call her and ask her out. My friend called Jessica and Jessica said yes, and so I called her."
"I did it the old fashioned way -- by telephone," Timberlake continued at the press conference. "That's something I learned from both my stepdad and my grandfather -- that there is a thing called chivalry and it doesn't have to die with the birth of the internet. The way I see it, if you're asking a girl out on a date, it's only right to do it in a way that she can hear your voice. I had to be pretty persistent in order to get her to say yes. But I have a fair amount of tenacity and if I want something I stick to it. And in the end she agreed."
Timberlake popped the question in Jackson, Wyoming, in December 2011. "I answer to a higher power now," he joked. "We have a couple of rules in our relationship. The first rule is that I make her feel like she's getting everything. The second rule is that I actually do let her have her way in everything. And, so far, it's working."
Though the former 'N Sync singer wouldn't go into details about his own wedding, he did share his thoughts about what he believes is required to sustain and happy marriage. "I think it's important to remember that you go into something like marriage knowing that you don't know very much about it at all. But I do look at the marriage of my mother and stepdad, and what makes it work for them is that it's a team effort."
"Some days are better than other days for all of us -- and if we have our good days and bad days individually, and then we're dealing with someone else's good and bad days on top of that, it's going to add up," Timberlake said. "My mother is a ball of fire in the world and I love that about her. But what I have learned from my stepdad is something as important, which is patience and compassion. Because when you are living with someone else, those two qualities go a long way."
This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Justin Timberlake Opens Up About Marriage, Making Jessica Biel Happy