If you only casually follow the details of the Biebs's personal life, his July 2018 engagement to Hailey Baldwin might seem like it came out of nowhere. Bieber's on-again, off-again loves — including, perhaps most famously, Selena Gomez — have caused no end of tabloid buzz over the years. In reality, however, Bieber and Baldwin knew each for several years before their engagement, and dated off and on throughout that time. Where did Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin meet? What has their life as a couple been like? What do we know about their engagement?
Bieber is a pop music luminary, a onetime megastar teen idol of the highest order. Baldwin is a model, TV host, and member of Hollywood royalty — the daughter of Baldwin brother Stephen and his wife Kennya Deodato. Bieber and Baldwin are young and in love, and no matter what happens in the course of their relationship, their engagement will forever be a reminder of the impetuousness of youth and the bliss of new love. It will also be a reminder of the moment that every single Belieber's heart simultaneously shattered.
October 2009: They Meet Backstage At The 'Today' Show
In October 2009, backstage at the Today show, Baldwin and Bieber first met in an encounter that can only be described as fateful. Okay: fateful, and a little awkward. Bieber and Baldwin's dad Stephen were both slated to be guests on that day's episode of the morning talk show. Stephen introduced 13-year-old Baldwin to 15-year-old Bieber in the hallways of NBC, where they shook hands. "We've been enjoying your music," Baldwin's dad told him.
February 2011: Baldwin Attends Bieber's Movie Premiere
Two years after their first encounter, Baldwin and Bieber crossed paths again, this time at the premiere of his 2011 concert film Never Say Never. Again, Baldwin's dad Stephen was in tow. The 14-year-old Baldwin and her father walked the red carpet together, where they posed for a picture with the 16-year-old pop star. It marked the first time the future couple was photographed together at a celebrity event.
February 2011: Bieber And Selena Gomez Officially Confirm They Are A Couple — Again
the photo booth pics of jelena at vanity fair were so hot i'm sad pic.twitter.com/r7PfS4Ugwh— sarah (@outofyourIeague) November 8, 2015
Around the time of Bieber and Baldwin's red-carpet run-in, Bieber and on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez were officially declared on again. Bieber and Gomez attended the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party together, posing for a now-famous series of photobooth images. The following month, Gomez appeared on Ellen and confirmed the two were dating.
November 2014: After Bieber And Gomez Split, He's Spotted At Church With Baldwin
Bieber and Selena Gomez broke up and got back together a couple of times between February of 2011 and the end of 2014. By the end of 2014, the relationship appeared finished, at least for the time being. Re-enter Hailey Baldwin. After Bieber and Gomez split, she was seen attending services at Hillsong Church in New York City with Bieber and Kendall Jenner. Bieber was baptized by Hillsong's pastor after a reported born-again experience.