We probably never would’ve guessed thatwould end up marrying , but a look back at their relationship timeline proves that these two have always had love between them. From their decade-long friendship, to their steamy hookups, to finally getting serious, the two stars have been through a lot. After secretly tying the knot in 2018, the couple has now celebrated their love in front of their friends and wed again. But how did we get to this point — especially considering that it seemed like Biebs would always end up with , the ex he just kept coming back to even as recently as last year? Check out the timeline below to see how the happy couple happened.
2009: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin meet.
While Hailey’s dad, Stephen Baldwin, is at The Today Show, he meets Biebs backstage — and introduces the singer to his daughter Hailey. Though the two don’t really seem to hit it off in the video footage from the now-iconic moment, they become legit friends not long after.
November 2011: Hailey tweets at Justin about the anniversary of when they met.
Once again at Today, Hailey shows up to watch her friend perform and remembers the last time they were both there. “At Today Show to see @justinbieber perform. First time we met was 3 years ago at [the] Today Show. Crazy!” she tweeted at the time.
November 2014: Justin flies out to New York.
Read: Justin flies out to visit Hailey. While he’s in town, they go to church together at Hillsong and celebrate her birthday. Rumor even has it thatin the first place.
December 2014: The first rumors that Justin and Hailey are dating start swirling.
Though they’ve been friends for a while — and have plenty of friends in common, including Kendall and Kylie Jenner — they spark speculation that there might be more between them. It doesn’t help that Selena and Justin have just called things off (again). However, both parties are quick to deny it, with Hailey telling E! News, “I’ve known him since I was so young — since I was like 13 — and we’ve just been good friends over the years,” and Justin saying he’s “super single” and that Hailey is just a “good friend.”
Sources, however, beg to differ. “He said Hailey is the first girl since Selena that he could see himself in a long-term relationship with,” an insider tells Hollywood Life. “He said he likes her because she’s mellow and cool, creative and edgy, but mostly super independent and not at all clingy.”
January 2015: Justin and Hailey take their flirting to Instagram.
In the comments sections of each other’s posts, they trade barbs and compliments, with Justin calling Hailey “hot” in one of her pics and Hailey joking that Justin was “fat” in a photo that shows off his (many, many) abs. Sounds like pretty textbook crush stuff to us.
February 2015: Hailey insists again that they’re just friends.
And it’s not that we think she’s lying, but it’s clear there is always some chemistry between these two. They always seem drawn together, even in groups of people.
April 2015: The two have started hanging out plenty, even sharing funny videos online.
How cute is this? They seem to be especially tight, even getting touchy out in public and with friends.
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 10, 2015
June 2015: Justin and Hailey jet off to Miami together.
And once again, they’re getting pretty cuddly. The not-quite-a-couple is spotted curled up on a jet ski together during the family vacation, and he even calls her “the one and only” on an equally flirty Instagram.
September 2015: Justin speaks out about the Jelena breakup.
It is some serious insight into what went wrong for the couple. “I moved in with my girlfriend when I was 18,” he tells Complex. “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. But when it’s like that and you get your value from that, people will always disappoint you.” That’s all to say that he knows he wasn’t quite grown up enough to settle down — but he is starting to learn what he wants.
December 2015: They spend the holidays together on vacation.
And even take this hilarious video that almost manages to make getting a wet-willy look sexy. Almost.
January 2016: The infamous Justin/Hailey kiss is shared on Instagram.
Not long after his alleged hookup with Kourtney Kardashian, Justin and Hailey seem hotter than ever. Not only are they all over each other, they are actually straight-up making out, and Biebs even posts the steamy photo of their embrace online. He also tags Hailey in the photo, seeming to confirm that, yeah, they are together — and super into each other.
It isn’t their only pic. Justin also shares another one where he can’t take his eyes off of Hailey and tweets at her the music video for Carly Rae Jepsen‘s “Run Away With Me.”
@haileybaldwin 🙂 https://t.co/wvOJReVclT
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) January 4, 2016
February 2016: Justin talks about his relationship with Hailey with GQ.
In their cover interview with the pop star, GQ asks Justin exactly what the deal is with him and the model, and though he doesn’t get specific and put any labels on it, he does confirm that, yeah, there’s something there. Initially, he confirmed that Hailey is “just a friend he kisses,” before clarifying that she is “someone I really love. We spend a lot of time together.”
He even talks about marriage again. “I don’t want to put anyone in a position where they feel like I’m only theirs, only to be hurt in the end,” he said. “Right now in my life, I don’t want to be held down by anything. I already have a lot that I have to commit to. A lot of responsibilities. I don’t want to feel like the girl I love is an added responsibility. 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. So now I’m just more so looking at the future, making sure I’m not damaging them.”
And this time he speculates that it wouldn’t be crazy for him to be marrying Hailey one day. He explains that’s part of the reason they were only seeing each other casually for the time being: “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.”
April 2016: Sources say Hailey and Justin are officially (secretly) dating.
At the iHeart Radio Awards, Justin allegedly brings Hailey as his date, but tries to hide her backstage. It was Nicki Minaj‘s line in Biebs’ “Beauty and a Beat” come to life: “But I gotta keep an eye out for Selener.” “Justin tried to secretly bring Hailey as his date to the iHeartRadio Music Awards. He’s decided to give things another go with her, and hid her backstage away from prying eyes because he didn’t want Selena to know,” a source tells Hollywood Life. “However, she went backstage and saw Justin with Hailey and she was furious about the whole thing. That’s why she was so stand-offish with him that night.”
August 2016: Justin unfollows Hailey on Instagram.
Ready to give things a go with Sofia Richie, Biebs unfollows both his main exes, Selena and Hailey. It seems like Hailey moved on too, talking publicly about how John Mayer was her celebrity crush, but mostly she was just single AF because her career was so demanding.
July 2017: Justin speaks again about getting married one day.
After canceling half of his Purpose tour, the Biebs takes to Instagram to explain why, and part of that explanation includes talking about how he wants to be a good husband one day. “Me taking this time right now is me saying I want to be SUSTAINABLE,” he writes to fans. “I want my career to be sustainable, but I also want my mind, heart, and soul to be sustainable. So that I can be the man I want to be, the husband I eventually want to be and the father I want to be.”
November 2017: Jelena is officially back together.
In a new twist in their will-they-won’t-they saga, Selena and Justin are seen out riding bikes together on the heels of her breakup with The Weeknd. It seems too good to be true that they’d give it another go, but soon they are a couple again.
December 2017: Jelena allegedly goes to couples’ therapy — because of Hailey.
Though it seems clear to fans that Sel and Justin have plenty to work out, apparently one of their issues has to do with Hailey. Reports at the time state that Biebs is focusing on making amends to people he’d hurt in the past, and part of that includes reaching out to Hailey to apologize for how things had gone down between them. When Selena hears about it, she isn’t exactly happy, but with Hailey linked to Shawn Mendes, the issue seems to be put to bed.
March 2018: Selena and Justin break up for the final time.
(And now that Justin is married to someone else, we suspect that it actually really is the final time.) There will always be love between Jelena, but making it work just doesn’t seem to be in the cards for them. However, Justin’s newly single status paves the way for another reunion with an ex.
May 2018: Hailey and Justin start hanging out again.
It isn’t clear yet whether they are keeping things platonic or if there is something more going on, but Hailey fesses up to their refound friendship. “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. 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,” she tells UK paper The Times. “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.”
June 2018: Hailey and Justin are spotted together constantly.
If things weren’t romantic before, they definitely seem to be at this point. By mid-June, they are caught kissing all over the country. Things are moving quickly, but considering everything they’ve said about each other in the past, their suddenly-serious relationship makes perfect sense. They even make it Instagram-official with a story showing them as a couple.
July 2018: Justin and Hailey get engaged.
Though they don’t officially confirm the news right away, eagle-eyed fans see the proposal happen on vacay. And the couples’ parents are less than sneaky on social media. Hailey’s dad Stephen even allegedly tweets and deletes a message about the couple, congratulating his future-in-laws.
Justin’s mom and dad also have plenty to say.
Love Love Love Love Love Love Love.
— Pattie Mallette (@pattiemallette) July 7, 2018
Finally, after days of speculation and gossip, Justin makes the official announcement. “Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast,” he writes in an Instagram caption. “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. … 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.”
He even confirms their engagement date, July 7th. “God’s 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?” he tells fans. “By the way, I didn’t plan that. Anyways, my goodness does [it] feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA BE BETTER AT 70, BABY, HERE WE GO!”
Hailey also writes her own message confirming the news and sharing her love for her future husband. “I am so utterly grateful to God for giving me such an incredible person to share my life with!” she says.
August 2018: Hailey and Justin are spotted getting emotional.
While bike-riding with Hailey, Justin is seen crying. He tells TMZ, “You got good days and you got bad days. It’s not real if it doesn’t have any bad days.”
September 2018: The engaged couple become newlyweds.
Justin and Hailey are spotted at a courthouse in New York City on September 13 while they’re there to tie the knot. However, the following day, Hailey denies she and the pop star walked down the aisle. “I understand where the speculation is coming from, but I’m not married yet!” she writes on Twitter.
Later that month, the couple visit Stratford Perth Museum in Canada and Justin accidentally calls Hailey his wife in public. The staff takes to Instagram to talk about the incident. “Justin very graciously introduced Hailey as his wife,” they write.
October 2018: They make it official.
November 2018: Hailey changes her last name and they celebrated their first holiday.
To make things even more official, Hailey changes her last name from Baldwin to Bieber on Instagram.
On Thanksgiving, Justin gushes about spending his first holiday with his new wife. “First Thanksgiving as a married man, first time hosting Thanksgiving,” he writes on Instagram. “First time both sides of the family has come together. Relationships are hard and love isn’t always easy but thank you Jesus for showing me how! Every day is a learning process, trying to be more like him, patient, kind, selfless, boy I got a long way! But God’s grace is sufficient!”
December 2018: Justin and Hailey get a puppy.
The pair welcome an adorable puppy named Oscar days before Christmas.
February 2019: Justin and Hailey get candid about marriage in an interview for American Vogue.
“I’m not going to sit here and lie and say it’s all a magical fantasy,” Hailey tells the outlet. “It’s always going to be hard. It’s a choice. You don’t feel it every single day.”
April 2019: They stage a fake pregnancy as an April Fools’ joke.
Justin first shares a photo of an ultrasound, to which Hailey responds by writing, “Very funny,” in the comments. They take it a step further when they share photos of Hailey seemingly getting a sonogram. Eventually, Justin comes clean and reveals it was a joke after receiving backlash. As a result, he apologizes to everyone. “I didn’t at all mean to be insensitive to people who can’t have children,” he writes on Instagram.
May 2019: Justin releases a song about Hailey and his mental health.
Justin and Ed Sheeran release “I Don’t Care,” which is about a significant other getting you through tough times. Some of the lyrics are as follows: “With all these people all around/ I’m crippled with anxiety/ But I’m told it’s where we’re s’posed to be/ You know what? It’s kinda crazy ’cause I really don’t mind/ And you make it better like that.”
July 2019: Justin gushes about becoming a dad someday.
The singer shares a candid photo with his lady during a date at Disney and reflects on their future. “One day, I’ll be doing daddy-daughter dates. … [I’m] not hinting at anything soon, I’m not in a rush,” he writes on IG. “I just wanna enjoy you by yourself for a while!”
August 2019: Hailey reveals she knows Justin’s IG password.
When Scooter Braun gives Justin a shout-out for having “at least seven songs with over 900 million streams on Spotify,” Hailey congratulates her hubby — except she accidentally comments from his account. She ‘fesses up afterward. “Meant to type that comment on my Instagram and accidentally typed it on Justin’s LOL,” she writes.
September 2019: They celebrate their wedding anniversary, and Hailey has a bachelorette party .
“[One] year of being your Mrs.,” Hailey captions a pic with her hubby on September 13. On September 26, Hailey has a NSFW bachelorette party with her closest friends, including Kendall. A source tells Life & Style that the models had a “blast.”
September 2019: They walk down the aisle.
On September 30, the A-list duo host a traditional wedding ceremony with their friends and family at the Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina. Attendees include Kendall, Scooter, Joan Smalls and more.
Hailey and Justin’s whirlwind romance has us smitten!
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