Everyone is familiar with the photos of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin looking so in looooove in their coordinated outfits and making out. Of course, we all know about the engagement. It seems like it has been a whirlwind romance, but the supermodel and singer have more history together than you might remember.
We’re taking it back to the very beginning. Go on a trip down memory lane to see how Hailey Baldwin went from Bielieber fangirl to Bieber’s fiancée.
October 2009: Hailey meets Justin thanks to her dad.
Hailey can actually thank dad, Stephen Baldwin, for introducing her to Justin way back in 2009 at the Today show lobby. Back then, Justin was just a wee wholesome singer with his signature banged hairdo while Hailey was a darker-haired, embarrassed teen. Moments of the meeting are all over the internet. It’s adorkable with Hailey looking nonplussed and having her arms crossed. Stephen tells Justin, “We’ve been enjoying your music.” The video first resurfaced in 2016. At the time, Justin retweeted it and stated it was, “Amazing.”
February 2011: Hailey attends Never Say Never premiere.
It would be a few years until the next high profile Justin and Hailey moment. Hailey attended the New York premiere of Never Say Never, Justin’s movie, on February 2. We’re sure that many will consider it proof that she has supported her bae from the very beginning. (And proof that she was just your everyday fangirl like the rest of us once upon a time.)
January 2012: Hailey tweets about her love of Justin and Selena together.
Well this is a bit awkward now. Proving that old tweets will resurface when you least expect them, there have been recent reports of how Hailey used to tweet about how much she loved Selena Gomez and Justin together back in the day. Sample tweet: “I don’t care what anyone says but Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez together is the definition of a teenage dream!” In February 2012 she wrote, “I gotta say I was really looking forward to seeing what color coordination Jelena was gonna do for this years VF party.. #sigh #ohwell.”
November 2014: Justin starts hanging out with Hailey after splitting from Selena.
As Jelena fans knew, the two singers dated on and off for years. They were in an “off” period at the end of 2014. During that time, Justin and Hailey started hanging out and there are still the Instagram snaps and paparazzi photos to prove it. Nothing says “Hollywood couple” like a hike in a canyon or jetting off to a tropical vacation together.
December 2014: Hailey denies she’s dating Justin.
When the dating rumors started escalating, Hailey spoke out a few times to set the record straight that she wasn’t dating Justin. On December 8, she told E! at the Exodus: Gods And Kings, “We’ve just been good friends over the years. We have just stayed close and there’s nothing more to it than that.” With speculation still going on, she later tweeted, “Glad I got such a good night sleep last night, at MY own home, alone. Quit it with the stories!”
December 2014: Justin posts “super single” photo … with Hailey.
After the rumors and some denials, Justin took to Instagram on December 15 to share a post revealing his relationship status. He wrote, “People are crazy. I’m super single and this is my good friend u would know otherwise.” He included a black and white photo with none other than Hailey in the background. Confused? You weren’t the only one.
April 2015: Hailey and Justin crash a prom.
What do you do after rumors continue to swirl you’re dating someone? Crash a party together. Hailey and Justin continued to be papped at restaurants, church and the usual celebrity venues. In April 2015, they made headlines for crashing the prom at Chatsworth Charter High School in Los Angeles. Of course, students shared images of the two all over social media. Hailey posted her own photo, but interestingly made no reference to Justin. She wrote, “I found a prom and @gabbywestbrook was my prom date.”
January 2016: The couple go “sort of” Instagram official.
2016 got off to a big start for Jailey. After going on vacation over the holidays, they rang in the New Year by going Instagram official. Well, kind of. Justin posted a photo of himself locking lips with someone on January 3. But, the person with Justin wasn’t clearly visible because of the blurry photo and his hat masking the face. Of course, many deduced it was Hailey given they were spending time together based on photographic evidence.
February 2016: Hailey states she and Justin are not exclusive couple.
After that kiss photo, many thought that it was going to be a special year for Justin and Hailey. So, the model threw everyone for a loop when she revealed in an interview with E! that she and Justin weren’t exclusive. At the amFAR New York Gala, she said, “We are not an exclusive couple… Relationships at this age are already complicated, but I don’t really like to talk about it because it’s between me and him.” The comment came after Justin told GQ that Hailey is a “friend who he kisses.”
July 2016: Hailey denies marrying Justin.
Hailey sent the rumor mill into overdrive when she wore a red swimsuit with “Just Married” written across the front over the Fourth of July weekend. She posed with her girlfriends instead of Justin, but many still thought the message was connected to him. After people started going crazy, Hailey responded in a now-deleted Instagram post saying that she was “just kidding” with the swimsuit and it had nothing to do with her relationship status.
August 2016: Justin unfollows Hailey and starts dating Sofia Richie.
h no. There looked to be trouble in paradise when Justin unfollowed Hailey on social media in mid-August. Just a few weeks later, Justin appeared to start dating Sofia Richie. Like a lot of high profile celebrity relationships, it began with a *romantic* and public trip together. For her part, Hailey wasn’t under the radar. She was still out and about.
Late 2017: Justin reunites with Selena.
Justin’s relationship with Sofia was short-lived. After Jelena fans spent years hoping for a reunion, it came true when Justin and Selena appeared to be back on as 2017 drew to a close. For her part, Selena had recently ended her relationship with The Weeknd. There was no denying the romance was back on because Jelena was papped at numerous places making out. During the reunion, Selena posted a subtle Instagram tribute to Justin. She wrote, “March 1, 1994 someone I know that happens to be super cool was born. Boom.” Yup, that’s Bieber’s birthday.
Late 2017: Reports start that Hailey is dating Shawn Mendes.
Around the same time that Justin and Selena were getting back together, rumors started that Hailey had “moved on” from Justin with Shawn Mendes. They would eventually deny they were dating each other on numerous occasions stating that they were simply friends. It definitely gets a bit more complicated than that though, naturally.
March 2018: Jelena appears to be over.
Justin and Selena’s reunion didn’t seem to be without drama. There were reports that the two were in couple’s counseling. That didn’t seem to work because in March 2018, they were dunzo again. Part of the trouble supposedly had to do with the fact that Justin had reconnected with Hailey as part of his recent interest in faith, forgiveness, and finding himself.
May 2018: Hailey goes to the Met Gala with Shawn Mendes.
After the rumor hill had long been reporting that Hailey and Shawn were a thing, many thought that they “confirmed” their relationship by attending the 2018 Met Gala: Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination together. Shawn even helped fix Hailey’s skirt so she could slay when posing. But, after the event, Shawn made it clear that he and Hailey weren’t making their “debut.” They were just friends attending a high fashion event together and were both invited by Tommy Hilfiger.
June 2018: Hailey and Justin are back together and pack on the PDA to prove it.
What many thought was a big moment for Hailey and Shawn was quickly forgotten about because from mid-June there were almost daily reports of the different places Jailey was spotted making out. There were restaurants, beaches, the subway, bars, trips, and more. Some people thought they were trolling us, especially when Hailey was spotted wearing a ring on that finger.
June 2018: The couple go proper Instagram official.
One of the major milestones in any modern relationship is going Instagram official. Hailey and Justin went proper Instagram official on June 23, Justin shared an Instagram story featuring Hailey Baldwin. Shortly after Hailey deleted her old photos of Shawn Mendes. The first official Instagram photo from Justin would follow on July 9. See below.
July 2018: They confirm their engagement.
At the start of the month, reports swirled that Justin and Hailey were engaged after only about a month being “back on,” much to the surprise of Beliebers. On July 9, Justin confirmed the rumors with an adorable Instagram post. He uploaded a cute photo of Hailey smooching his cheek and wrote, “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 [sic].” And the fuzzy feelings grow from there. Hailey didn’t write her own Instagram love note but did post a pic of her and Justin boarding a plane a few days later. And she did allude to the engagement on Twitter. When will the wedding be?
September 2018: Alec Baldwin Confirms
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin sparked rumors that they tied the knot in secret when they were seen leaving a courthouse last week. But then, when the supermodel took to Twitter to deny all the speculation, we didn’t know what to believe. However, now it appears as though her uncle may have spilled the beans after confirming that the couple really did get married.
Here’s a little recap: On Friday, September 14, the lovebirds caused an internet meltdown after TMZ reported that the pair were spotted getting their marriage license at a New York City courthouse. People then added fuel to the rumors by reporting that Justin and Hailey were already married! We didn’t know what to think especially after Hailey denied the reports, writing, “I understand where the speculation is coming from, but I’m not married yet!” in a since-deleted tweet.
So when reporters asked Hailey’s uncle, Alec Baldwin, what the heck was going on between his niece and the singer at the 2018 Emmy Awards, he let the cat out of the bag.
“They went off and got married, and I don’t know what the deal is!” the 30 Rock actor told Access on the red carpet, adding, “We text Hailey every now and then. We met [Justin] one time but as I said when you get married, I think it works best if you can really be together.”
Now, it’s certainly possible that Alec is going off of the same information as we are. However, he’s also family so if anyone should know the full story, it’s him. Just because Hailey denied that she and Justin are husband and wife, doesn’t mean they aren’t. It may just be a matter of whether a person considers a courthouse wedding official or not. From a legal standpoint, yes they might be married, but perhaps Hailey doesn’t believe it official until they have a religious ceremony.
“They didn’t want anyone but their families to know they got married. This wasn’t a wedding,” a source told People. “What happened at the courthouse is a courthouse thing — a legal thing. But marriage is two people making a vow before God and the people they love.”
TBH, we totally understand their reluctance to confirm reports. The two were also not wearing wedding bands in London over the weekend and probably won’t for a while. “They are not gonna wear wedding rings until after their wedding,” the insider added. “It will be in the next few months.”
So, there you have it! According to Alec, #Jailey “went off and got married.” But, we probably shouldn’t expect the couple to confirm anything until they officially say “I do” before God.