It’s hard to believe that Justin Bieber is already 25, considering it feels like only yesterday he was a pre-teen releasing songs with Big Sean. But perhaps what’s even more difficult to believe is that Justin is already married. And it’s not to Selena Gomez.
Justin was in an on-off relationship with fellow singer Selena Gomez for so many years that it felt like the two would never be rid of each other. The pair confirmed their romance in 2011 after a year of media curiosity and them claiming they were just friends. By 2012, the couple had broken up for the first time and were both linked to other people. They got back together in 2013, just to call it off the following year.
However, in 2014 it started circulating that Justin was dating model Hailey Baldwin, who he’d known for years. Selena and Justin were seen hanging out together for the first time in years in 2017 following her health problems. Though fans hoped for a reunion, the pair ended up breaking up early in 2018. Then, by summer 2018, the news broke that Justin was planning on marrying Hailey - which must’ve taken Selena by surprise as much as it did us. The two ended up tying the knot later that fall and have been inseparable since. Keep reading to learn how Justin has changed since getting with Hailey.
20 Selena Was Shaken By Justin’s Marriage News
Given how much history Selena and Justin share, no one was expecting Sel to be particularly elated when the unanticipated news broke that Justin was no longer a single man. According to reports, the singer has been having a difficult time accepting her ex has moved on.
“Selena can be a delicate flower, especially because she has had constant medical struggles, but Justin’s engagement and quick marriage threw her off guard and hit her hard,” an insider told People. “She and Justin have been on and off for years, although they were so young when it all began. Justin was her first big love, and she isn’t over him.”
19 Hailey And Justin Have Known Each Other For Decades
Hailey and Justin were barely teenagers when they first met each other. So, while many fans may feel like their relationship was rushed, the two have had a decade to get to know each other.
Back in 2014, when the media was first stating that Justin and Hailey’s friendship may have been taking a romantic turn, the model spoke about knowing the singer for so long. "I've known him since I was so young—since I was 13—and we've just been good friends over the years," she told E! News.
Justin and Hailey credit knowing each other for so long as the reason why their relationship was rushed but is also strong.
18 Justin Freaked Out Over Selena’s Health Problems
It was over a year ago that Selena made the surprising announcement that she had undergone a kidney transplant that was directly related to her lupus diagnosis. The singer took almost a year-long break from the spotlight to focus on her health.
Although she and Justin were broken up while she was going through her health difficulties, sources say he wasn’t taking the news well. “He was extremely upset over what has happened to Selena,” a source told People. “He feels like she is part of his life and he wants her to be happy and healthy.”
The source added that Selena’s health problems were what motivated the exes to briefly rekindle their romance in 2017, although things soon fizzled out.
17 Justin Always Knew He Was Going To Marry Hailey
They may have only publicly started dating in 2017 - and even then, it was on and off - but Justin has known Hailey was ‘the one’ for years.
In 2016, when the media became increasingly curious about his and Hailey’s relationship status, the celebrity admitted he was trying to take things slow with her. Why? Because he felt like she could really be the one he'd marry. Swoon!
"I know that in the past I've hurt people and said things that I didn't mean to make them happy in the moment," Justin explained, E! News reports. "So now I'm just more so looking at the future, making sure I'm not damaging them. What if Hailey ends up being the girl I'm gonna marry, right? 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."
16 Justin Might Not Be Over Selena
Despite rushing to the altar with Hailey in a shotgun romance, some sources warn that the singer isn’t completely over his relationship with Selena. Could that be why the couple were in such a rush to tie the knot?
“[Selena] was his first great love and while he was young and traveling around the world as a superstar, he learned a great deal from her,” an insider explained to People.
“He may or may not have made a mistake with his recent marriage but he was extremely upset over what has happened to Selena,” the source continued.
15 Justin And Hailey Have Been Arguing More Lately
Although Hailey has been standing strong beside her husband during his mental health struggles, it sounds like his issues are taking a toll on their relationship. Last fall, a source told People that the young couple were beginning to argue about their conflicting work schedules.
"Justin seems okay. However, he doesn’t seem ready to record new music yet and keeps saying that he just wants to hang out with Hailey," the insider explained. “Hailey actually seems more ready to work than he does. They have had a few conflicts about it. Justin likes to just hang out, watch movies and chill. Hailey has a lot of energy and projects that she wants to do."
The source concluded, “They are not on the same page when it comes to work.”
14 Selena Fought With Her Family About Justin
When Selena and Justin began hanging out with each other following her health problems in 2017, it caused tensions within her family. According to sources, Sel’s mom wasn’t supportive of the couple rekindling their romance and she wasn’t afraid to tell her daughter so.
Back in December 2017, reports said that Selena and her mom got into a heated exchange. This caused the authorities to be called for a “welfare check,” and Mandy subsequently opted to go to the hospital for a check-up - sounds serious!
“Justin is aware Selena’s family is not thrilled they are hanging out. They think he caused Selena a lot of grief. Justin hopes he can prove to them that he has changed,” an insider explained at the time, Elite Daily reports.
13 Justin Thinks Fighting Is Healthy For Him And Hailey
Although reports say that Hailey and Justin are arguing more than ever, he doesn’t actually think this is a bad thing. During the couple’s Vogue cover interview earlier this year, Justin revealed he believes arguing is actually healthy for their relationship.
“Fighting is good,” he told the publication. “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.”
12 Justin And Selena Used To Fight About Hailey
Justin was friends with Hailey Baldwin for years before things turned romantic between the two of them. But even before the couple announced their engagement, Selena used to feel angered by the blonde model.
According to TMZ, Justin and Selena got into a huge fight about Hailey when they were trying to rekindle their relationship in 2017. Justin had dated Hailey earlier in the year, and Selena felt he might have feelings for his ex - since the two of them are now married, we can’t say Selena was wrong!
"Justin and I were friends for a long time. I met him when I was really young and he was one of my best friends," Hailey told The Times of how she and Justin went from friends to lovers. "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."
11 Justin Is Worried Because They Didn’t Get A Prenup
While both celebrities are worth millions, it’s safe to say that Justin is worth a bit more than his model wife. However, it turns out the couple didn’t get a prenup when they said ‘I do.’ Now that rumour has it they’re arguing more often, sources say that Justin is worried about the whole "no prenup" situation.
“[Justin] brought up that he’s [worried] he doesn’t have a prenup,” a source told Us Weekly. "[They have] some issues but are committed to working through them.” Another source told The Sun, “They didn’t tell anyone on their teams what was going on and his people have been frantically trying to get his business affairs and finances in order.”
It sounds like Justin might be trying to get a postnuptial agreement now that he’s questioning the future!
10 Justin And Selena Even Tried Couple’s Therapy
It sounds like Justin and Selena really tried to make things work in 2017, but to no avail. After the exes began hanging out again, reports began suggesting they’d entered couple’s counselling to work on their issues, despite being back together for only a month.
According to Elle, Justin had tried contacting this then ex-girlfriend, Hailey Baldwin, to “clear the air” about their breakup that happened earlier that year. This didn’t sit well with Selena, although Justin claimed it was part of his new “open and honest approach to life.”
The two then entered couple’s counselling following the argument. Given that they broke up a few weeks later, it appears the therapy didn’t work!
9 Hailey Supported Justin Seeking Treatment
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Justin was seeking professional help for mental health related issues. The celebrity has revealed he checked himself into treatment to help with his anxiety and depression. Source say that Hailey has been nothing but supportive of Justin through this difficult time.
“Hailey is not going to leave Justin and he won’t leave her either,” a source told Us Weekly. “She’s been so supportive of him throughout this process.” Of Justin’s issues, they added, “[He] has trouble trusting those around him and has backed away from certain friends because he’s afraid people are using him, and he’s been claiming friends are stealing his beats and things like that.”
8 Justin Couldn’t Commit To Selena
Many fans have wondered why things were always so rocky between Justin and Selena. Comments he made in 2015 might provide some insight. The singer hinted that he had trouble in the past staying committed to his girlfriend. This would also explain why Selena felt so insecure about him and Hailey’s relationship when they were trying to get back together in 2017.
“We were working out how to be in a relationship, how to be ourselves, who we were, in the middle of having people judge our relationship through the media,” Justin told ID Magazine in 2015. “I think that really messed my head up too. Because then, it's like trust and all this other stuff that starts messing with your mind. You're on the road. And there are beautiful women on the road. And you're just getting yourself into trouble.”
7 Fans Are Convinced Hailey Is Pregnant
Ever since Justin and Hailey went public with their relationship, fans have been questioning whether the young couple is, or is trying to become, pregnant.
Last year, the LA Downtown Gazette wrote an article saying that Hailey was already three months along. The publication added that the couple were planning on making an announcement soon, although there’s been no word eight months later.
However, this April Fool’s Day, the couple did momentarily convince fans they were expecting when they posted photos of a sonogram to their social media pages. Justin soon clarified his wife wasn’t pregnant, which led to backlash from fans who felt pregnancy was not a subject to joke about.
6 Justin Considered His Relationship With Selena A “Marriage”
Although Justin may have had trouble staying committed, if there’s one thing for sure it’s that he was serious about his relationship with Selena. He once admitted that he considered their relationship to be more like a marriage since they moved in with each other when they were so young.
"I moved in with my girlfriend when I was 18," Justin once said of Selena, E! News reports. "Started my own life with her. It was a marriage kind of thing. Living with a girl, it was just too much at that age. But we were so in love. Nothing else mattered. We were all about each other."
He added, "Your full identity can't be in that person. My identity was in her. Her identity was in me. When stuff would happen, I would lose my freakin' mind, and she would lose her mind, and we would fight so hard because we were so invested in each other."
5 Justin And Hailey Bonded Over Church
Church has become increasingly important for Justin in recent years. He credits his faith for helping him overcome his wild years as well as his battles with mental health. Nowadays, Justin and Hailey are routinely spotted attending Hillsong church together (the same one he used to take Selena to!). And, according to sources, the couple bonded over their shared faith when romance rumours were circling them.
"They both have two things in common; they love to party and they love their church organization," an insider told E! News. "They have finally cleared the air and rekindled their friendship, and realized they genuinely have a lot of fun together. Justin and Hailey planned to attend the church organization together and decided to make a fun weekend out of it. They both are single and were very flirty with each other the entire night. They were inseparable the entire weekend."
4 Justin Admitted He Still Loves Selena
Despite getting married to Hailey last fall, Justin isn’t afraid to be open about his leftover feelings for his ex, Selena. Just this past March, the singer admitted to still loving Selena - we wonder how Hailey feels about that!
Justin made the reveal when replying to a fan via social media, who said they wished Justin and Sel would get back together. “A logical person doesn’t talk or think this way,” Justin wrote. “U should be ashamed of yourself really. I absolutely loved and love Selena. She will always hold a place in my heart, but I am head over heals [sic] in love with my wife and she is absolutely the BEST THING that has ever happened to me period.”
3 Hailey And Justin Already Bought A House Together
Justin and Hailey wasted no time in finding their dream house after getting married! Despite both celebrities owning multiple properties before getting hitched, the couple recently bought and moved into a gorgeous $8.5 million mansion in Beverly Hills.
Earlier this month, photographs published by Daily Mail showed the elated couple moving their things into the new home. The publication mentioned the mansion had recently been renovated and is a redone 1930 Monterey Colonial style home. The home includes five bedrooms and seven bathrooms as well as a home theatre and library.
This was Justin’s first time buying a home since he purchased his Calabasas mansion in 2012.
2 Selena Still Has Feelings For Justin, Too
Justin isn’t the only one who still claims to love his ex. According to sources, Selena still feels strongly for Justin. Does this mean there’s still hope for Jelena?
“Selena is very aware of Justin’s defense of and sweet words about Hailey,” a source told Hollywood Life. “But Selena also appreciates what Justin said about her too, and shares some of the same feelings. Selena will always have love and a place in her heart for Justin too.”
However, Selena is giving Justin space to figure out his relationship with Hailey. “She is doing her best to give Justin space and respect his marriage to Hailey,” the insider continued. “Selena did not get too emotional or cry over Justin’s statement [where he said he loves her], but it did make her think about him and remind her of the good times and love they shared. She hopes that he and Hailey are both happy.”
1 Marriage Is Preventing Justin From Making Music
There are countless fans waiting for Justin to release new music. Since he’s so in love, people have high expectations that his music will reflect his passion. However, fans shouldn’t expect new music just yet. Reports are saying that Justin doesn’t feel inspired to get back in the studio. Rather, he’s enjoying spending all his time with his new wife.
"He’s been on the go for a long time, and he’s enjoying a laid-back season of life," an insider told People. "He is enjoying time with the woman he loves, and doesn’t want anything to get in the way of that. He’ll get back to work soon, but the truth is that he doesn’t have to. He’s got enough money."
They added, "Hailey understands how hard Justin worked for so long, and is fine with him taking a break. If she has things she wants to do, Justin is fine with that."
Sources: E! News, People, Us Weekly, Vogue