Why Hailey Baldwin Reportedly Pushed for a Courthouse Wedding With Justin Bieber

She wanted to prove their critics wrong

Updated 10/22/18

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Details are beginning to emerge about Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s surprise New York City wedding. According to People, it was Baldwin’s idea to have a quick ceremony at a courthouse over the summer.

“Hailey is a very bright girl. She’s not just blindly adoring Justin and doing whatever he wants,” a source close to Bieber told the magazine. “She’s wanted to be with Justin for a very long time.” While Bieber and Baldwin will reportedly have a more traditional ceremony for family and friends somewhere down the road, the source explained that Baldwin wanted to get married as soon as possible to solidify them “as a team,” and to prove to any skeptics that they’re the real deal.

“The city hall marriage was her idea. It was 'you and me against the world,’” the source added. “Let's show [everyone] we're serious and it’s not just some crazy fling.”

The new report is in stark contrast to a previous report suggesting that Bieber and Baldwin had a shotgun wedding just because they wanted to get all the “legal stuff” out of the way. “It was more of a necessary ceremony to make it legal,” a source told People in September. “It doesn’t seem like it was a big deal to them.” Baldwin previously tried to downplay the wedding in a since-deleted tweet. “I understand where the speculation is coming from, but I’m not married yet!” Baldwin tweeted. According to a source, Baldwin needs a religious element for the wedding to feel official.

But it kind of was a big deal, because Baldwin has officially trademarked the name “Hailey Bieber,” People reports. According to The Blast, Baldwin filed the trademark for a potential clothing line. She also opened up about her husband in a recent interview with Harper’s BAZAAR. “He is incredible,” she said of Bieber. “He crushes everything. Every song, every feature. It’s crazy to see what he does. I’m always blown away.”

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