Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are officially a couple. And they sealed it with a kiss seen around the world.
Yes. Finally, Jailey went public with their friends-turned-lovers relationship last night when the superstar shared PDA-packed photos with the gorgeous model on Instagram that left no one in any doubt about their status.
Naturally, Twitter exploded as trending topics of #JustinandHailey, #JaileyIsReal, and #Hailey launched shortly after.
After teasing the world with playfully flirty pics from their vacation on the Caribbean islands of Anguilla and St. Barts over the New Year, Justin ended the speculation on Sunday night by posting a sexy snap of himself passionately kissing Hailey (whose face isn’t seen) on the lips while holding her in a tight clinch.
The now viral kiss shot has since drawn 1.7 million “Likes” (and counting) and over 400,000 comments. The Biebs didn’t caption it. But when the chemistry is this hot, there’s no need.
In the pic, Hailey wears pale denim shorts and a pretty white crop top as she locked lips with Justin, who was decked in jeans, a white top, a denim shirt, and a black cap. The pair looked totally focused on each other.
Following their make-out session, the Biebs turned up the heat, posting another non-captioned picture of the couple on their night out together. The 21-year-old pop prince is seen staring openly at his girlfriend’s cleavage. For her part, 19-year-old model Hailey rocks a peachy gold dress as she gazes to the camera.
A full-on alpha male shot of Justin wearing a pale Topman suit with Vans next to a pal and a sweet shot of the Purpose singer embracing his paternal grandmother, Kate followed.
Shortly after the couple made things official, the Biebs tagged Hailey in pictures of the pair over on his Instagram account.
Amid a Twitter tsunami of congratulations and memes of Jailey posted by their fans, mutual model pal Gigi Hadid chimed in with her delighted message at the kiss pic on Justin’s page. Fans captured Hadid’s note.
“Okay, I’m SO down for this. been with Z today, f*** it up Hails! double date is definitely happening,” she wrote.
As if there was any doubt about the fire between Justin and Hailey, an eyewitness informs Entertainment Tonight, “At dinner the other night, Hailey was gently caressing his shoulder while he fed her bread. They’re very sensual.”
Jailey’s confirmation of their romance comes after days of the pair revealing glimpses of their fun on Instagram enjoying the Caribbean islands with the Biebs’ younger siblings, Jaxon, 6, and Jazmyn, 7, their father Jeremy, his partner, and friends.
Hailey spent Christmas with Justin and his family in his native Canada before the group jetted out to Anguilla. On New Year’s, the Biebs performed a mini-concert at a villa party hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio on St. Barts.
Later that evening, the heartthrob was seen kissing Baldwin in full view of guests at another bash thrown by nightclub owner Richie Akiva, TMZ reports.
On Friday, January 1, Hailey posted a pic of her kissing the nape of Justin’s neck with her arms wrapped around his shoulder and neck. Her caption reads, “New Years [sic].” The Biebs shared the same snap at his Shots account.
Among the slew of pictures posted by the pair during their loved-up holiday, the model was seen letting the singer take her hair tie.
Dating speculation ramped up further when Justin shared a funny video of himself giving Baldwin a “wet willy.” It looks better than it sounds.
The singer also uploaded an adorable video of the pair larking around on a tennis court on Sunday.
None of this should come as a surprise to anyone. The sweethearts have been hanging out together with increasing frequency since November 2014 and have been pals since 2009 when Hailey was introduced to Justin by her father, actor Stephen Baldwin.
It’s unclear exactly when the stars moved their relationship from the friend zone to intimacy. Back in December 2014, Justin took to Instagram to state his relationship with Hailey was platonic at that time.
“People are crazy,” he wrote alongside a black-and-white picture of the two. “I’m super single and this is my good friend u would know otherwise.”
In February 2015, Hailey also squashed dating rumors, telling E! News, “We’re just friends. I’ve known him for a very long time, since I was about 13.”
That was then. Fast forward to 2016, Jailey is officially out and proud. And since the couple’s relationship is based on a firm friendship, there’s every chance it will last the distance.
God only knows how much I'd love u if u let me
— Hailey Baldwin (@haileybaldwin) August 12, 2015
Check out a snapshot of fans’ reactions on Twitter.
— jasmin (@janosrauhler) January 4, 2016
Life is good pic.twitter.com/tqYlTUU9Gr
— Hanne (@kidrauhl_hanne) January 4, 2016
she deserves him, she has always loved him no matter what as each of you. pic.twitter.com/V0k5GfzWfY
— Silvia (@biebsft4idiots) January 4, 2016
THIS KID DESERVES ALL THE HAPPINESS IN THE WORLD IM SO HAPPY OH MY GOD JAILEY IS REAL pic.twitter.com/mzyNekjZ2I
— mixxi (@onikasbieber) January 4, 2016
— Daika (@daika04) January 4, 2016
— biebermum (@biebermum) January 4, 2016
jb hasnt claimed someone since selena. this is weird and different
— #WAUN4Grammy (@nextoyouss) January 4, 2016
You deserve a person who's always been there for you. during the ups and down. and this is real. Jailey is real pic.twitter.com/cc8XJpzxOc
— Justin Bieber (@WeHonourJustin) January 4, 2016
I'm glad Justin and Hailey are dating. It's time to move on. They both seem happy and that's ALL that matters.
— Danté D'Angelø (@etnaD_olegnaD) January 4, 2016
my son is winning pic.twitter.com/oygy7IRUWX
— jasmine (@flatlinebling) January 4, 2016
"JAILEY IS REAL" JUSTIN DESERVES SOMEONE WHO TRULY AND GENUINELY LOVES HIM, I'M GLAD HE FINALLY FOUND IT :')
— meg (@perfkidrauhlaye) January 4, 2016
JAILEY IS REAL AND YA'LL NEED TO STOP HATING COS SHE'S BEEN WITH HIM THROUGH IT ALL. pic.twitter.com/ayAeYffV5t
— ü (@bieburrswift) January 4, 2016
I'm so happy that Justin moved on #Jailey pic.twitter.com/DZQuDRYGsd
— Confessions (@honestfandom) January 4, 2016
HE MOVED ON HE MOVED ON HE MOVED ON HE MOVED ON HE MOVED ON HE MOVED ON pic.twitter.com/bHx9rlEskT
— (@DaBiebzer) January 4, 2016
— MTV (@MTV) January 4, 2016
[Images via Instagram]