Justin and Hailey Bieber Pull Back the Curtain On Their Secret Marriage
They did it: Jailey tied the knot. Just two months after their whirlwind engagement, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin have signed the paperwork and legally bound themselves together in holy matrimony. From their on again/off again dating to their Bahamian engagement, here’s everything you need to know about Baldwin and Bieber’s nine year relationship—right up to their secret NYC courthouse marriage and a tell-all Vogue interview that explains the rush.
October 2009: The First Meeting
Bieber and Baldwin meet for the first time after her dad, actor Stephen Baldwin, introduced them backstage at The Today Show. The whole encounter is cringe-worthy, with Baldwin looking less than impressed. Bieber retweeted the video in 2016 with the caption “Haha. Amazing”.
February 2011: Dad Intro #2
Baldwin attends the premiere of Never Say Never with her dad at the Regal E-Walk 13 in Times Square. Later that month, Bieber confirmed his relationship with Selena Gomez when they attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party together.
September 2011: Hailey Tweets About Jelena
Baldwin shares her support for new couple, Jelena, on Twitter writing, “I don’t care what anyone says but Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez together is the definition of a teenage dream! #word”. Meanwhile, Gomez performs in Las Vegas with “Justin” written on her wrist and Jelena attend the red carpet premiere of Abduction in Los Angeles.
August 2014: Getting Cozy with the Jenners
All throughout 2014, Bieber is photographed hanging out with the Jenner clan. In August 2014, Baldwin officially joins the close knit group, appearing in an Instagram photo Kylie Jenner posts of the pair snuggled up with Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. The above photo was posted four months after Gomez unfollowed both Jenners and deleted all photos with them from her Instagram account.
November 2014: Take Me to Church
Fan taken photos begin to circulate on social media of Baldwin and Bieber attending a service together, alongside Kendall Jenner, at Hillsong Church in NYC, sparking dating rumours.
December 2014: Hailey Denies Dating Justin
In an interview with E!, Baldwin denies dating Bieber, stating, “I’ve known [Bieber] since I was s young, since I was like 13, and we’ve just been good friends over the years. We have stayed close and there’s nothing more to it than that.”
December 2014: Justin Denies Dating Hailey
Bieber also denies dating rumours, posting a selfie of the duo on Instagram with the caption, “People are crazy. I’m super single and this is my good friend u would know otherwise.”
December 2014: The Denial Continues
After dining together at Mr Chow, Bieber and Baldwin are photographed entering his house and are seen the next morning having breakfast at a diner. Shortly after, Baldwin continued to deny, deny, deny, tweeting, “Glad I got such a good night sleep last night, at MY own home, alone. Quit it with the stories!”
January 2015: New Year Celebrations
Bieber posts a video to Instagram from a NYE party where Baldwin was also in attendance.
January 2015: Getting Cheeky
Kendall Jenner posts a group pic to Instagram from a Clippers game in Los Angeles, with Baldwin and Bieber posing cheek-to-cheek.
April 2015: “The Couple That Bakes Together, Stays Together”
Questions about the status of their relationship continue to grow as Baldwin and Bieber enjoy a baking class together in Los Angeles alongside Kendall Jenner.
July 2015: Matching Tats
In honour of a little girl, Georgia, who suffers from Lissencephaly, both Baldwin and Bieber got the letter “G” tattooed. Bieber’s is on his forearm, while Baldwin’s is behind her ear (as is Gomez’s).
September 2015: Selena Opens Up
In an interview with ELLE, Gomez opens up about how the drama surrounding her and Bieber was beginning to overshadow her career. Shortly after, Baldwin posts a picture wearing oversized sweatpants, which Bieber confirms are his in the comment sections. “Gimme back my sweats dick”, he writes, with Baldwin replying, “No sorry they look better on me.”
December 2015: Couple’s Retreat?
Baldwin and Bieber go on a tropical vacation to Anguilla together, alongside Bieber’s family, where they engaged in flirty PDA that’s obviously not ‘just friends’ behaviour.
January 2016: Insta Official
The pair seem to *finally* confirm their relationship with a PDA-heavy Insta post. On January 3, 2016, Bieber posts this photo of himself passionately kissing Baldwin.
February 2016: Keeping it Casual
After confirming that they are indeed dating, both Baldwin and Bieber insist it’s casual in separate interviews. Baldwin tells E! “We are not an exclusive couple. He’s about to go on tour. Relationships at this age are already complicated, but I don’t really like to talk about it because it’s between me and him.”
Bieber explains to GQ: “So now I’m just more so looking at the future, making sure I’m not damaging them. What if Hailey ends up being the girl I’m gonna marry, right? If I rush into anything, if I damage her, then it’s always gonna be damaged. It’s really hard to fix wounds like that. It’s so hard.… I just don’t want to hurt her.”
August 2016: Onto the Next
Bieber unfollows Baldwin on Instagram and is seen with Sofia Richie six months later, confirming that he and Baldwin have ended this casual relationship.
August 2016-April 2018: The Dark Ages
Baldwin and Bieber’s August 2016 breakup seems to have concluded in a falling out. They aren’t pictured together, don’t hang out with their mutual friends, and both unfollow each other on social media. During this time, Bieber reignites his on-again-off-again relationship with Gomez.
May 2018: Friends Again
After 2 years of not speaking—at least, to our knowledge—Baldwin and Bieber reunite…as friends. In an interview with The Times UK, Baldwin states “Justin and I were friends for a long time. I met him when I was really young and he was one of my best friends. Everybody knows that at a certain point in time that turned into something else, but that just happens when you’re 18, 19. We went through a long period of time when we weren’t friends. We didn’t speak for quite some time and there was a lot of weirdness that went on. We’ve moved past that.”
June 2018: Church Cuddles
Dating rumours begin to swirl again after the pair are spotted at church together and then a Miami club getting cuddly.
June 2018: New York State of Mind
Baldwin and Bieber are photographed goofing off for the cameras in NYC. It’s worth noting that on these urban outings, Bieber is wearing hotel slippers. Very casual!
June 2018: It’s PDA Official…Again
Fans capture the couple making out on the Brooklyn Bridge, officially confirming that their on-again-off-again romance is very much on.
June 2018: No More Mendes
After publicly confirming her relationship with Bieber, Baldwin deletes all traces of Canadian musician Shawn Mendes from her Instagram feed. In May, the pair attended the MET Gala together and sparked romance rumours.
July 2018: The Make Out Tour
July 7, 2018: He Puts a Ring On It
Although neither Baldwin or Bieber have yet to publicly confirm their engagement, TMZ reports that Bieber popped the question in the Bahamas on July 8. Since then, photos have surfaced of Baldwin’s massive engagement ring, which is enough of an indicator that there is, in fact, “One Less Lonely Girl.”
July 8, 2018: A Proud Father
Bieber’s dad, Jeremy, posts a photo on IG, writing “Proud is an understatement! Excited for the next chapter!”
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Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!. It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense! The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!! Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts? By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA BE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!” This is the year of favor!!!!
July 9, 2018: An Official Announcement
It didn’t take Bieber long to confirm the rumours of his proposal on social media. Sharing a pair of black and white photos of him and Baldwin, the “Sorry” singer rambles on about God, the number seven and the love of his life. Despite spelling errors, it’s really quite sweet!
Not sure what I did in life to deserve such happiness but I am so utterly grateful to God for giving me such an incredible person to share my life with! No words could ever express my gratitude. ❤️
— Hailey Bieber (@haileybieber) July 9, 2018
July 9, 2018: An Official Announcement Part 2
Baldwin shares a sappy tweet, detailing her gratitude for being able to spend “the rest of her life” with “such an incredible person.”
September 14, 2018: A Secret Wedding (?!)
Two months after their whirlwind engagement, Jailey have reportedly tied the knot. A “religious source” close to the couple confirmed to PEOPLE that on Thursday, the singer and model “went ahead and did it without listening to anyone.”
Wait… do does this mean we won’t get to gush over photographs of Baldwin in a wedding dress? Not quite: the source also confirmed to the outlet that the newlyweds will have a formal religious ceremony and celebration with friends and family. “They’re going to have a big blowout, in front of God and everyone they love.”
And, before you go rushing to conclusions about why the young love birds rushed the the altar, hear this: multiple sources have told TMZ that “100% she’s not pregnant.” I guess true love can make you do crazy things?!
November 18, 2018: Hello @haileybieber
Is it official, isn’t it official…for a while, we didn’t really know. The confirmation we so desperately needed came via Instagram, with Hailey updating her handle from @haileybaldwin to @haileybieber.
February 7, 2019: The Vogue Tell-All Interview
Four months later, Mr. and Mrs. Bieber appear together on the cover of Vogue‘s March 2019 issue, and in their joint interview, pull back the curtain on their holy matrimony. “The thing is, marriage is very hard,” Hailey said, “that is the sentence you should lead with. It’s really effing hard.”
The article goes on to reveal that when the pair reconnected in June, Justin was more than a year into a self-imposed tenure of celibacy, working though what he calls “a legitimate problem with sex.”
“He doesn’t ask us not to have sex for him because he wants rules and stuff,” Justin explains. “He’s like, I’m trying to protect you from hurt and pain. I think sex can cause a lot of pain. Sometimes people have sex because they don’t feel good enough. Because they lack self-worth. Women do that, and guys do that. I wanted to rededicate myself to God in that way because I really felt it was better for the condition of my soul. And I believe that God blessed me with Hailey as a result.”
Justin and Hailey were saving themselves for marriage—and thankfully, they didn’t have to wait long. The interviewer implies that sex was one of the reasons the duo rushed to the alter back in September. The other reason? “When I saw her last June, I just forgot how much I loved her and how much I missed her and how much of a positive impact she made on my life. I was like, Holy cow, this is what I’ve been looking for.”