Real talk, what teenage girl didn't believe they were the future Mrs. Justin Bieber in 2009? And, who would have thought that model Hailey Baldwin would claim that lucky title? After meeting in their early teenage years to a whirlwind engagement, the Biebers decade-long romance in the making was one nobody could have expected. Here's everything you need to know about Justin and Hailey's (aka his "one less lonely girl's") relationship.
- Hailey Baldwin met Justin Bieber in 2009 when the two were just merely (awkward) teenagers.
- As years went by, the pair grew in and out of touch as they stayed "good friends," even sharing a New Year's kiss in 2016.
- Justin proposed to Hailey in July 2018 after an intense two-year break-up.
- After a whirlwind engagement, they wed in a New York City courthouse just two months later.
- In September 2019, the Biebers hosted a second wedding in South Carolina.
2009: An Awkward Teenage Introduction—Part 1
Believe it or not, Hailey didn't even crack a smile when she met Justin Bieber for the first time. In a resurfaced (and anticlimactic) video, Hailey's dad Stephen Baldwin is seen introducing his daughter to the pop star. Who knew that in less than ten years Justin would literally make her one less lonely girl?
2011: An Awkward Teenage Introduction—Part 2
A few years after meeting Justin for the first time, Hailey ran into him again at his documentary premiere, Never Say Never. While the pair smiled together for the cameras, romance was most definitely not in the air since Justin was dating former Disney star Selena Gomez at the time.
January 3, 2016: That New Year's Kiss
After Justin's relationship with Gomez ended, rumors started to swirl around his budding relationship with Hailey. At the end of 2015, they went on vacation together and documented their flirty banter on Instagram. But it wasn't until Justin posted a photo of him kissing Hailey that romance rumors were confirmed. We know who they kissed at midnight!
February 11, 2016: Justin Predicts Their Marriage
Two years before they would actually tie the knot, Justin predicted a future marriage to Hailey in an interview with GQ. "What if Hailey ends up being the girl I’m gonna marry, right?" he shared. "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.”
May 27, 2018: Their Old Flame Reignites
Somewhere between 2016 and 2018, Hailey and Justin went separate ways (and Justin infamously got back together with Gomez). But, they reignited their former flame in the middle of 2018. Hailey even acknowledged their time apart to The Times saying, "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."
July 7, 2018: A Very Special Engagement
During an intimate trip to the Bahamas, Justin proposed to Hailey in a moment she later called "very special." A few days following the milestone, Justin shared the news with a very, very, very long Instagram caption. "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," he wrote. He continues with a lot more kind words for his fiancée but if you want to cry about the fact that we all lost our chance to become Mrs. Bieber, just read the full post.
September 13, 2018: A Courthouse Wedding
Four months after reuniting and two months after getting engaged, the pair were spotted at a New York City marriage bureau. As with any celebrity couple doing just about anything, speculation immediately surrounded the scenario.
September 2018: The Biebers Move in Together and Begin Couples Therapy
In September 2018, the two moved into Justin's home in Toronto together. In a Vogue article later released in 2019, the couple revealed that shortly after this period, they began couples therapy while adjusting to their new life as husband and wife. The Biebers explained that they were working on having differences without being unkind. "Fighting is good," Justin said. "Doesn't the Bible talk about righteous anger? We don't want to lose each other. We don't want to say the wrong thing, and so we've been struggling with not expressing our emotions, which has been driving me absolutely crazy because I just need to express myself, and it's been really difficult to get her to say what she feels."
October 16, 2018: A Confirmed Marriage
Despite previous claims that the couple did not get married at the courthouse, Justin confirmed the nuptials news to a fan. The newlyweds were spotted grabbing breakfast together at Joan's on Third in Studio City in Los Angeles, when a fan approached them asking for a little bit of clarification on their relationship status. "I said to them, 'I don’t want to say congratulations, but are you married?'" the source told the Daily Mail. "Justin said, 'Yes, we are married.' He said he has a lot of baggage and called Hailey 'an angel' for sticking by his side, but she just rolled her eyes."
November 2, 2018: Here Comes the Ink
If you're a celebrity couple and you don't have matching tattoos, are you really a celebrity couple? Hailey and Justin cemented their status as A-listers when celebrity tattoo artist Bang Bang tatted them up. While he didn't give too many details, he did reveal that Justin chose an interesting place to house the ink: his face.
November 16, 2018: It's @HaileyBieber Now
Despite getting married two months earlier, the model randomly made the marriage Instagram official by changing her name. She updated her Instagram bio to read “Hailey Rhode Bieber," and changed her handle to @haileybieber. Hailey later opened up to Bustle on the matter, saying, "I'm very proud of my family name. I come from a great family with a history in this industry. I remember when I was going to change it, I asked my dad if he was going to be upset and he was like, 'No! I don't care. We love you. All good, everyone still knows you're a Baldwin.' It's true!"
December 23, 2018: "Meet Our Dogson"
For their first Christmas as newlyweds, Hailey and Justin celebrated with a new addition to the family, a tiny brown puppy named Oscar. Justin shared a snap of the cute pooch on Instagram calling him their "dogson."
February 7, 2019: The Biebers Appear on the Cover of Vogue
Posing perfectly intertwined, the pair looked effortlessly iconic (if we do say so ourselves) on the cover of the February 2019 Vogue issue. Their feature took a deep dive into their passionate, but not-always-easy, romance.
March 21, 2019: Establishing New Roots
The couple casually dropped $8.5 million on a Beverly Hills mansion, despite already owning property in Canada. Their newlywed estate features a wet bar, wine cellar, home theater, and an entertainment space featuring a banana-leaf wallpaper inspired by the Beverly Hills Hotel. Oh, and how could we forget the pool and a cabana with an outdoor fire pit?
April 1, 2019: April Fools!
April Fools Day 2019 will forever go down in history for one simple reason: Justin and Hailey announced a fake pregnancy. It all started when Justin shared a picture of an ultrasound to Instagram followed by a photo of Hailey presumably at the doctor's office. A few hours and several fan freak-outs later, Justin revealed it was all a prank.
Well, Justin, we weren't exactly laughing (more like freaking tf out), but what's a marriage without some humor, right?
April 8, 2019: A Love Poem
While many of us like to believe Justin was speaking directly to us when he sang "Your world is my world, and my fight is your fight," there's no confusion when it came to who his romantic ode was addressed to. The singer captioned a sultry photo of his wife with a love poem written by Bieber himself: "Sunlight falls into the Abyss, just like I fall into your lips." Need we say more?
April 22, 2019: Introducing Bean and Bubba
All couples have nicknames for eachother—even celebrities! An Instagram post revealed that Hailey and Justin actually call each other "bean" and "bubba" behind closed doors (and on social media now, too). Weird? Cute? Romantic? Whatever works, honestly.
June 3, 2019: Finally Wearing Wedding Bands
Although they said "I do" in the most secret, low-key courthouse ceremony of the year, neither of them were seen wearing wedding bands for months. However, People reported that Hailey was seen leaving a workout class wearing her giant engagement ring paired with a silver band. The same day, Justin posted an Instagram wearing a matching ring.
September 30, 2019: A Southern Wedding Celebration
After months of speculation, the Biebers' second wedding occurred at the end of September 2019—just a year after they legally wed in a New York City courthouse. Celebrity guests included Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Joan Smalls, Scooter Braun, and Usher.
October 7, 2019: Till Death Do Them Part
A week following their nuptials, Mrs. Bieber shared a photo of her wedding dress: a custom off-the-shoulder lace and pearl embellished gown by Virgil Abloh and Off-White. You know—the one you have all over your Pinterest. She paired the romantic dress with a dramatic lace-trimmed veil emblazoned with "Till Death Do Us Part" at the end of the train. The bride underwent two more outfit changes throughout the night, wearing a halter neck gown by Ralph & Russo for the reception and a Vera Wang slip dress for the after-party.
September 13, 2020: Celebrating Two Years Together
On September 13, 2020, the couple celebrated two years since spontaneously tying the knot at a Manhattan courthouse. "2 years today @haileybieber .. xoxo," Justin captioned his Instagram tribute alongside a video of his wife.
September 18, 2020: Hailey Is Holy
Marking a new age of music for Bieber, the singer released a Christian rock track titled Holy, which was all about his wife of two years. Bieber alluded to their speedy engagement with lyrics like "Runnin' to the altar like a track star / Can't wait another second / 'Cause the way you hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me / Feels so holy."
April 13, 2021: Justin Gets Real About Their "Tough" First Year of Marriage
For the May 2021 cover of GQ, Justin got candid about his and Hailey's first year of marriage, sharing that they dealt with their fair share of relationship struggles. “The first year of marriage was really tough,” he told the publication, “because there was a lot, going back to the trauma stuff. There was just lack of trust. There was all these things that you don’t want to admit to the person that you’re with, because it’s scary. You don’t want to scare them off by saying, ‘I’m scared.’”
He added that he felt he was walking "on eggshells" during the first year of marriage, until he really started to believe in their relationship. But now he says, “we’re just creating these moments for us as a couple, as a family, that we’re building these memories. And it’s beautiful that we have that to look forward to. Before, I didn’t have that to look forward to in my life. My home life was unstable. Like, my home life was not existing. I didn’t have a significant other. I didn’t have someone to love. I didn’t have someone to pour into. But now I have that.”
One of Justin's oldest friends Ryan Good told the publication that Hailey was, in some ways, Justin's saving grace. “She is just a strong, consistent, stabilizing force in his life,” said Good. “And that was something he was missing all those years.”
Justin also revealed that he wants to "have babies and do that whole thing," but he and Hailey are in no rush to start a family. “Not this second, but we will eventually," he said.
October 8, 2021: Justin Expresses His Desire for Kids
In the newest JB documentary Justin Bieber: Our World, released on Amazon Prime, the singer expressed his desire for children. Featuring at-home footage of the couple, Hailey asked Justin about his "intention" for 2021 while on a stroll the morning of New Year's Eve. He stated, "My intention for 2021 is to continue to set goals and have fun while doing them. Make sure I put my family first, and hopefully, we squish out a nugget." While Hailey had more reservations about having kids so soon, he quickly assured that he's more than willing to wait until Hailey is ready.
Weeks later in an interview with Ellen he said, "I'd love to have myself a little tribe." He added, "It's her body and whatever she wants to do. Hailey still has some things she wants to accomplish as a woman. I think she just is not ready yet, and I think that's okay."
February 1, 2022: Hailey Announces That She Isn't Ready for Kids
In an article published by the Wall Street Journal in February 2022 titled Hailey Bieber's Next Move, the model announced that she isn't quite ready for children yet. "I think ideally in the next couple of years we would try. But there's a reason they call it 'try,' right? You don't know how long that process is ever going to take. Definitely no kids this year; that would be a little bit hectic, I think."
March 10, 2022: Hailey Is Hospitalized for a Mini-Stroke
While eating breakfast in their kitchen one morning in March, Hailey experienced a mini-stroke. She felt a sudden shooting pain down her arm and was unable to speak when Justin expressed concern. "I couldn't speak. The right side of my face started drooping. I couldn't get a sentence out," she explained in a YouTube video. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance where she underwent testing. It showed a small blood clot in her brain, however the incident proved to ultimately be a minor health scare.
April 3, 2022: PDA at the Grammy Awards
At the 2022 Grammy Awards, Justin was seen sporting an oversized Balenciaga ensemble paired with platform Crocs, and a hot pink beanie. In true Hailey fashion, she wore the sleek, minimalist look of our dreams. Her Saint Laurent slip dress was accessorized with a layered necklace and effortlessly braided hair. The couple was not shy about expressing their love for one another with some serious PDA—but really, can we blame them?
May 2, 2022: Justin Reveals He Had an Emotional Breakdown
In an interview with Apple Music's Ebro Darden, Justin shares that he had an emotional breakdown following his marriage to Hailey. "It's a journey. I remember when I first got married, I hit a little bit of an emotional breakdown because I thought marriage was going to fix all my problems and it didn't," he explained. "You want your wife to do something that you're not doing and it's like, it's hard sometimes to look in the mirror and really have to realize, man, maybe you're not the person that you necessarily thought that you were. And that's just a result of trauma and life circumstances."
June 10, 2022: Justin Is Diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome
In the midst of his world tour, Justin announced in an Instagram video published on June 10th, 2022 that he was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. The neurological condition is caused by varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chicken pox in children and shingles in adults. The virus can linger in the body for an entire lifetime and reawaken for a variety of reasons. The rare condition paralyzed half of his face making speaking, eating, and, of course, performing very difficult. He explained that he was forced to cancel a few of his upcoming tour dates as he was "physically, obviously not capable of doing them."
August 16, 2022: Hailey Speaks About Marriage Challenges
In an interview with Harper's BAZAAR, Hailey disclosed the challenges in her marriage to Justin. "I just think life is changing all the time," she said. "Day to day, week to week, year to year. I think a perfect example of that is over the last six months, both of us have gone through very serious health issues. You have to figure out how to deal with this shit as it comes, you know? There's a reason they say 'for better or for worse.' Like, that's for real!" Despite the obstacles life has thrown their way, she expressed her unconditional love for her husband. "He's still the person that I wanna be rushing back to."