Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin‘s relationship sure feels like it’s been a whirlwind—both in how quickly they went from “back together” to “engaged” to “married,” but also in the pace of the rumors about them constantly flying around. But the two have actually known each other for some time. “It’s kind of a surprise, but kind of not. Justin has been extremely happy these past few weeks,” a source told People after the couple got engaged. “He has known Hailey for a long time. This might seem sudden, but they know each other very well.”
Bieber proposed in July 2018 in the Bahamas and confirmed the news in an Instagram post, writing, “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. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make.” The couple married in a secret courthouse ceremony that September and now find themselves amid a new round of rumors about “trust issues” and a postponement of their wedding celebration with friends and family.
So how exactly did we get here? Below, a complete timeline of Baldwin and Bieber’s relationship.
2009: A preteen Baldwin met her future husband for the first time when her father, Steve Baldwin, introduced her to Bieber backstage at the Today show. The two kept it just as awkward as you’d expect from tweens:
2011: Once again Steven Baldwin brought Bieber and his daughter together—this time on the red carpet at the premiere of Bieber’s movie Never Say Never. The pair smiled (ever so slightly) for the cameras. That same year Bieber confirmed his budding relationship with Selena Gomez.
2014: By 2014 Bieber and Gomez were broken up. Baldwin, meanwhile, had struck up a close friendship with Kendall Jenner, who also happened to be friends with Bieber, and the three were spotted at the Hillsong Church in New York City that November.
A month later, though, Baldwin shut down any dating rumors, 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. We have just stayed close and there’s nothing more to it than that.”
2015: On New Year’s Day Bieber posted an Instagram video featuring a cameo of Baldwin. But once again, Baldwin denied dating rumors. Baldwin told E! News, “He’s just going through a time in his life where he’s transitioning in a really positive way and he needs good people around him. And I’m trying to be a good friend and be there for him and support him.”
But wait, there’s more: In December of 2015 the pair rang in the New Year together yet again. This time in Anguilla.
2016: Finally, in January of 2016, Baldwin and Bieber reveal they’re an item when Bieber shared a snapshot of the two kissing on Instagram. However, both Baldwin and Bieber tell the press the relationship is a low-key one.
“We are not an exclusive couple,” Baldwin told E! News. “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.”
Bieber, meanwhile, told GQ that Baldwin is someone he “really loves” but he’s too busy for a relationship. “I already have a lot that I have to commit to. A lot of responsibilities,” he said. “I don’t want to feel like the girl I love is an added responsibility.”