Though Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are now reportedly engaged, it was only a few years ago that they were just two awkward teens shyly greeting each other for the first time. Thankfully, footage of that fateful meeting resurfaced this week, according to Us Weekly, giving Biebwin fans the invaluable chance to study the moment the two lovebirds first locked eyes. Spoiler alert: It's a little anticlimactic.
In the video, which, per the YouTube user's caption, was captured at a 2009 event, Baldwin's dad, Stephen, does most of the talking. "What's up, bro? This is my daughter, Hailey," he tells a floppy-haired Bieber, who would've been 14 or 15 at the time. Bieber shakes hands with Baldwin, age 12 or 13, who appears to be too shy to even crack a smile, while Stephen, ever the supportive dad, adds, "We've been enjoying your music lately."
Years later, the video made a brief resurgence online and eventually found its way to Bieber himself. "Haha. Amazing," he tweeted about the clip in early 2016, mere days after posting a photo on Instagram in which he and Baldwin make out during their New Year's trip to St. Barts.
Earlier this year, Baldwin spoke to The Times of London about how meeting Bieber at such a young age had made their years-long friendship and on-again, off-again relationship such a roller-coaster ride. "Justin and I were friends for a long time," she said. "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. It was what it was. 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."
In the same interview, which was published just a few weeks before Bieber and Baldwin were spotted kissing and walking hand-in-hand in New York City—and less than two months before TMZ was first to report that they were engaged—the model denied that the pair were anything more than friends. "[The breakup] brought both of us to the realization that we just work much better as friends," she said. "He's somebody I really cherish. Now it's a very mature situation. It's good."