But wait, when exactly did they meet? How did they go from best friends to soulmates? What was their wedding like? And are they talking about having a baby together any time soon? Not to worry, you guys, because we went ahead and recapped their entire love story from start to finish for you. Here’s a complete timeline of their relationship…
It All Started In 2009
Let’s go all the way back to 2009 — more than two decades ago. Yep, the two stars met in 2009 backstage at the Today Show, after they were introduced by Baldwin’s dad, Stephen Baldwin. And despite rumors that she was a big fan of his at the time, the model later cleared these up to Vogue Magazine.
“I was never a superfan, of him or of anyone,” she explained. “It was never that crazed, screaming thing. I didn’t think about it in any kind of way except for the fact that he was cute. Everybody had a crush on him. But for the first few years we had a weird age gap.”
But They Didn’t Get Close Until Late 2014
They hung out one time between 2009 and 2014 — when Baldwin attended Bieber’s Never Say Never movie premiere with her dad — but it wasn’t until late 2014 that they started to get close. At the time, the singer was spending a lot of time with Kendall Jenner, and when Jenner invited Baldwin to come to a church event with her and Bieber, they hit it off.
“One day Justin walked into Hillsong [church] and was like, ‘Hey, you got older.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, what’s up?’” Baldwin explained to Vogue. “Over time he became my best guy friend. I was running around with him as his homie, but we weren’t hanging out [romantically].”
After that, they became inseparable — constantly hanging out and sharing cute pictures together. But when rumors started to swirl that they were more than friends, Bieber quickly shut them down on social media.
“People are crazy,” he wrote. “I’m super single and this is my good friend you would know otherwise.”
Things Started To Heat Up Between Them In 2015
In December 2015, it definitely seemed like something was going on between the two stars. They jetted off on vacation together, and fans quickly started to wonder what was going on. Then, one month later, Bieber shared a snap of him and the blonde beauty kissing to Instagram, seemingly confirming that they were indeed dating.
“We are not an exclusive couple. He’s about to go on tour,” she said. “Relationships at this age are already complicated, but I don’t really like to talk about it because it’s between me and him.”
They Split In August 2016
In August 2016, something must have gone wrong because fans noticed that they had unfollowed each other on social media. Baldwin later explained to Vogue, “Negative things happened that we still need to talk about and work through. ’Fizzled’ would not be the right word — it was more like a very dramatic excommunication. There was a period where if I walked into a room, he would walk out.”
She also explained in an episode of their Facebook show, “By the time we got back together, I felt like I experienced enough. I met a lot of different people, I hung out with different people. I had experienced other people where I was like, ‘I’m cool if I never speak to another human again, another guy again.’ It didn’t matter to me. I felt like I knew what I wanted. When I looked back on [our break], it was the best thing that we took time apart and had time to do our own thing. I felt like I found my footing in my career and on my own and as a young adult. I did a lot of work by myself and on my own before we got together.”
Justin Bieber And Hailey Baldwin Reconciled In 2018
They weren’t in contact for almost two years, but when they ran into each other at a church conference in Miami in June 2018, they realized how much they missed one another.
“The common denominator, I promise you, is always church. By then we were past the drama. I just gave him a hug. By the end of the conference, he was like, ‘We’re not going to be friends.’ I was like, ‘We’re not?’” Baldwin explained to Vogue, with Bieber adding, “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.”
The supermodel also told Elle, “I remember we were hanging out and I was like, ‘Listen, I’m really, really happy for us to be friends again. I want us to always be cool and be friends.’ He was like, ‘Yeah, here’s the thing — We’re not going to be friends.’ And I was like, ‘Oh. Is that so?’ I think we were both a little unsure about what was going on in the very beginning. It was familiar territory, but when a lot of time goes by, it’s like getting to know a new person.”
Then, He Put A Ring On It
In the weeks that followed, Bieber and Baldwin were definitely not afraid to show off their love! They were caught packing on the PDA so many times, and fans were living for it. And one month later — in July 2018 — the musician popped the question.
“Listen plain and simple. Hailey, I am soooo in love with everything about you,” he wrote on Instagram. “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 each other 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! WE’RE GONNA BE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO!”
They Tied The Knot In September 2018
Bieber and Baldwin low-key tied the knot in September 2018 at a New York City courthouse. A few months later, in February 2019, they got real about how difficult marriage was for them while speaking to Vogue.
“The thing is, marriage is very hard,” Baldwin told the outlet. “That is the sentence you should lead with. It’s really effing hard.”
She added, “I love him very much. I have loved him for a long time. It’s just that I’m fighting to do this the right way, to build a healthy relationship. I want people to know that. We’re coming from a really genuine place. But we’re two young people who are learning as we go. I’m not going to sit here and lie and say it’s all a magical fantasy. It’s always going to be hard. It’s a choice. You don’t feel it every single day. You don’t wake up every day saying, ‘I’m absolutely so in love and you are perfect.’ That’s not what being married is. But there’s something beautiful about it anyway — about wanting to fight for something, commit to building with someone. We’re really young, and that’s a scary aspect. We’re going to change a lot. But we’re committed to growing together and supporting each other in those changes. That’s how I look at it. At the end of the day, too, he’s my best friend. I never get sick of him.”
They Celebrated Their Wedding In September 2019
One year after they got married, the couple celebrated with a lavish party at the luxurious Montage Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina. Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Travis Scott, Justine Skye, Jaden Smith, Riley Montana, Camila Morrone, Scooter Braun, Ireland Baldwin, Joel Houston, DJ Tay James, Maejor, Alfredo Flores and Joan Smalls all attended the glamorous even! Plus, singer Daniel Caesar even performed at the celebration.
The Next Step Is For Them To Have A Baby Together
Back in August 2020, Baldwin became an aunt when he sister, Alaia Baldwin, welcomed her first child with her husband, Andrew Aronow. And when Bieber posted a snap of himself holding the new baby, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson left a pretty interesting comment.
“This pretty much seals the deal. Fully expect you and H to have a baby in 2021,” he wrote.
Yes please! As fans know, Bieber was actually supposed to embark on a world tour this year, but unfortunately, it got delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. And according to the pop star, he wanted to have a baby as soon as it was over.
“I’m gonna freaking crush this tour. You and me, traveling the world,” he said to Baldwin during an Instagram Live in January 2020. “Then, after the tour we have a baby.”
“I want to start my own family, in due time. I want to enjoy being married for a little bit, go on tour, be married, enjoy traveling with just us, build more of our relationship. I think that it’s definitely the next step, for sure,” Bieber revealed. We can’t wait!