Its pretty hard to believe that in the beginning of 2018, Justin Bieber and his now-wife then-Hailey Baldwin were just two Hollywood exes. Now, of course, Justin and Hailey Beiber are one of the most-talked-about celebrity couples — and they're married! Of course, we all remember the engagement. It seems like it was 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 went from Bielieber fangirl to Bieber's fiancée and eventual wife.
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."
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.)
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." Some of our faves below:
Oh hey @justinbieber waddup doeee...?
— Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin) February 13, 2012
@justinbieber really cool of u to publicy thank God and Jesus in ur speech!
— Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin) August 30, 2011
Justin never responded to the tweets, but Hails is obviously winning in the end.
Instagram / Justin Bieber
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.
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!"
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.
Twitter / Hailey Baldwin
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."
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 other photographic evidence.
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."
Instagram / Hailey Baldwin
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.
Oh no. There looked to be trouble in paradise when Justin unfollowed Hailey on social media in mid-August of 16. 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.
Instagram / Justin BIeber
Instagram / Selena Gomez
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.
Instagram / 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.
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.
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. “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,” Justin told Vogue in 2019.
One of the major milestones in any modern relationship is going Instagram official. Hailey and Justin went proper Instagram official on June 23 when 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.
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.