Justin and Hailey Bieber's Full Relationship Timeline

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The love story between Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber is a pure testament to manifestation, as Hailey has proved that it's possible to not only date, but also ultimately marry your childhood celebrity crush.

Hailey first met Justin backstage at one of his concerts, when she was a teenage fan of his. In a gradually progressing timeline spanning just over a decade, Justin and Hailey have since evolved from parasocials to real friends, to courters, to full-blown lovers, to husband and wife. Now, the wedded duo are gracing carpets and magazine covers with their love, and blessing the internet with ongoing bouts of PDA.

To find out how Hailey went from Belieber to Mrs. Bieber, see the full evolution of the model's friendship-turned-romance with Justin, and the duo's now 4-year-and-counting marriage below.

Circa 2009: Hailey meets Justin backstage.

A young 12-year-old Hailey meets Justin for the first time as a fan backstage during his appearance on the The Today Show. In uncovered footage from that pivotal day, her famous dad, Stephen Baldwin, introduces her to Justin and she shyly greets him.

Circa 2011: They bump into each other at a premiere.

Hailey runs into Justin again at the premiere of his Never Say Never movie. The two reportedly become good friends, though Justin is with Selena Gomez at the time.

December 27, 2015: They have a romantic dinner in New York.

Justin, now off with Selena, is spotted dining out with Hailey at Mr. Chow in New York. The two are later seen on a movie date, and at a diner in New Jersey the following morning.

December 30, 2015: They go on a tropical vacation.

Rumors of their romance naturally begin to swirl after these photos and videos of Justin and Hailey

February 10, 2016: They clarify their relationship status.

The two confirm that they are dating—just openly. "We are not an exclusive couple," Hailey tells E!. "He’s about to go on tour. Relationships at this age are already complicated, but I don’t really like to talk about it because it’s between me and him."

Justin adds that he's trying not to rush or force things with Hailey. "I don’t want to feel like the girl I love is an added responsibility," he tells GQ in a cover interview. "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. 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.”

August 15, 2016: Justin unfollows Hailey on Instagram.

The two face a riff in their relationship and enter a dark period lasting several years, during which they are split up and no longer friends. "Justin unfollowed Hailey on social media," a source tells People, adding, "Bieber wasn’t happy about [her friendship with Drake] and so they haven’t really been in touch in a bit." Meanwhile, Justin gets back with Selena from late 2017 to May 2018.

"There was a time when our lives seemed to be going in very different directions," Hailey said of the breakup years later in a February 2020 conversation with ELLE. "I actually think, now that I look back at it being married, that it was a good thing for the two of us—very healthy."

June 10, 2018: The two rekindle in Miami.

Justin and Hailey make amends after bumping into each other at a church conference in Miami. "They love to party and they love their church organization," a source tells E!, adding that the two have "finally cleared the air and rekindled their friendship and realized they genuinely have a lot of fun together."

Hailey later spilled the details of the run-in with Justin to 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,'" she recalled. "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."

June 29, 2018: A source confirms that they're dating again.

After several more times in which they were spotted getting steamy, a source confirms to Entertainment Tonight that the two are indeed back together.

July 7, 2018: They get engaged in the Bahamas.

Two eyewitnesses saw their engagement, per TMZ. "Everyone was at a restaurant on the property doing salsa dancing when Justin’s security told everyone to put their phones away, because something special was about to happen," the site reports. "Justin then proposed in front of everyone."

Justin later confirms the engagement with a lengthy, heartfelt Instagram post, writing in part of the 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."

September 17, 2018: Sources confirm that they're married.

Following swirling rumors that the two got married, Hailey's uncle Alec Baldwin confirms that the two are indeed married. "They went off and got married," Alec reveals to Access on the Emmys red carpet. "I don’t know what the deal is!"

"They got legally married, but [Hailey] believes marriage between God is the real thing," an insider also tells Us Weekly.

November 23, 2018: They spend Thanksgiving together with family.

The two celebrate the holidays together with their families at their new 9,000-square-feet lake house in Waterloo, Ontario. "First Thanksgiving as a married man, first time hosting Thanksgiving," Justin 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!"

March 19, 2019: They postpone their wedding.

Following their original February 28 save-the-dates, the couple ultimately push back their wedding date to give Justin time to focus on his mental health. "They will still have a wedding eventually, but this is not their focus right now," a source tells People. "They haven’t sent out any new save-the-dates. They will wait until Justin feels better and is excited about planning their wedding again."

March 22, 2019: They buy a home in Beverly Hills.

The couple splurge on a lovely 6,132-square-feet home in one of the most expensive areas of Los Angeles.

April 1, 2019: They prank everyone on April Fools Day.

Hailey fakes a pregnancy with Justin in an elaborate April Fools prank involving an actual trip to the hospital. In response to some backlash over the prank's alleged insensitivity, Justin wrote on Instagram, "There’s always gonna be people offended, there’s also people who don’t take jokes very well, I am a prankster and it was APRIL FOOLS'. I didn’t at all mean to be insensitive to people who can’t have children."

April 8, 2019: Justin dedicates a poem to Hailey on Instagram.

In a total Pisces move, Justin expresses his deep love for his wife in the form of a lyrical poem.

September 14, 2019: Hailey shuts down the doubters.

Hailey gets candid about the criticism surrounding her high-profile marriage with Justin and the trajectory of their relationship in a new cover interview. "Nobody from the outside really knows what’s going on between us," the model says. "When I had hundreds of thousands of comments bombarding me with: 'He’s never going to this,' 'You’re never going to that,' 'You’ll be divorced by then,' you can’t help but wonder: Does someone see something that I don’t see? ... But the only two people in a relationship are the two people in it."

"Look, marriage is always going to be hard and I think good relationships are the relationships that you put the work into," she also says. "I had never lived with someone before. I never had to cohabit with somebody in that way, so I was learning how to share space with someone for the first time. We were trying to bend in each other’s direction and learn what was comfortable."

September 30, 2019: They say "I do."

After months of postponement, the two finally say "I do" to one another at the altar in September, a year after they also legally married.

The sweet wedding ceremony took place at Montage Palmetto Bluff, a luxury resort in Bluffton, South Carolina. According to an E! News source, "Guests arrived by boat to the rehearsal dinner on the Palmetto property. There were several water taxis that took guests over around 6:30 p.m. The dinner was on the edge of the water and was outdoors. There were many string lights hanging and lit candles. Everyone was seated at long tables and the decor was very chic and white."

October 9, 2019: They model as a married couple for Calvin Klein.

The newlyweds celebrate their marriage with a steamy NSFW Calvin Klein shoot.

December 25, 2019: They celebrate Christmas.

The two celebrate their first Christmas together as a married couple. Hailey shares sweet polaroids from their night on Instagram, writing in the caption, "Merry Christmas from me and mine to you and yours ❤️."

February 14, 2020: They dress up for Valentine's Day.

The two pose for this sweet Valentine's Day shoot.

March 1, 2020: Hailey commemorates Justin's birthday.

The model shares a series of sweet PDA photos on Instagram for Justin's 26th birthday. "Happy birthday best friend," she captions the photos. "Thank you for putting a smile on my face every single day.. I love you."

September 30, 2020: They celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

"1 year ago we had the best wedding," Hailey writes on Instagram. "Wish I could live this day over and over 🤍🕊."

April 13, 2021: Justin opens up about his marriage with Hailey.

In a new GQ cover interview, Justin talks about the struggles of his first year of marriage with Hailey. "It was really tough because there was a lot going back to the trauma. There was just a lack of trust…there was all these things that you don’t want to admit to the person that you’re with, because it’s scary. You don’t want to scare them off by saying, 'I’m scared,'" he said.

Now, however, the two are focusing on "creating these moments for us as a couple, as a family, that we’re building these memories," and "it’s beautiful that we have that to look forward to. Before, I didn’t have that to look forward to in my life. My home life was unstable. I didn’t have a significant other. I didn’t have someone to love. I didn’t have someone to pour into."

September 12, 2021: Hailey cheers on Justin at the VMAs.

The model is her husband's ultimate supporter during his 2021 VMA performance, as she stands backstage to cheer him on. She wears an elegant cream-colored turtleneck Alaïa gown paired with an equally elegant updo.

September 13, 2021: They stun at the Met Gala.

The two take their first Met Gala as a married couple in coordinated, sleek black ensembles—Hailey in a strapless Saint Laurent gown, and Justin in a matching tux and white shoes.

November 21, 2021: They open up about relationship challenges.

Hailey and Justin give a candid interview on In Good Faith With Chelsea & Judah Smith podcast about Justin's mental health and the challenges in their relationship. "I do feel like we had a lot of support," Hailey says. "I feel like if I didn’t have support, it would’ve been 10 times harder, and it was already the hardest thing in my life at the time so I also just think I was in it. I made a decision. I know for a fact that I’ve loved this person for a very long time and now would not be the time to give up on him. I just wouldn’t do that to him."

December 11, 2011: They head to a tropical destination.

The two enjoy a weeklong tropical getaway with Hailey's longtime pal Justine Skye. In a photo dump on Instagram, Hailey poses on the beach in a purple string bikini and in a cute braided hairstyle, and shares sweet moments with Skye in a matching set of headphones. Of course, she also packed on PDA with her husband.

March 2, 2022: Hailey gets heartfelt on Justin's birthday.

The model shares a mushy, loving Instagram post for Justin's 28th birthday. "Happy birthday my baby," she captions a series of sweet photos of the two of them. "There are a lot of amazing and beautiful things about this life, but the most beautiful part is that I get to live it with you. I love you.. here’s to 28 🥳❤️."

March 14, 2022: Justin supports Hailey during her blood clot scare.

A source tells People that Justin is "very worried" for Hailey after she's hospitalized for a blood clot that traveled to her brain, and that he's been there to support her in any way he can. "Hailey doesn’t want anyone to worry about her, but it was a terrifying situation for both of them," the source explains. "Justin is still very worried. He can barely sleep. He stays up watching her while she rests."

Days later, the singer addresses the situation during a show in Denver. "Most of you probably know or have seen the news about my wife," he said to the audience in between songs, "but she’s OK, she’s good, she’s strong. It’s been scary, you know, it’s been really scary. But I know for a fact that God has her in the palms of his hands, and that’s a good thing."

"It’s kind of crazy how life randomly throws you curveballs. You can’t really control much," he also said.

April 3, 2022: The two appear at the 64th Annual Grammys.

Hailey, now fully recovered, has made her next red carpet appearance alongside Justin at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.

Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

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