Justin Bieber and model Hailey Baldwin are still vacationing in the Caribbean, treating Beliebers and fans of the leggy model to an array of Instagram shots showing highlights from their happy travels.
— Selin (@girlkayahan) January 4, 2016
First a picture of Hailey nuzzling long time friend Justin surfaced. Bieber had always spoken highly of the daughter of actor Stephen Badlwin, who he has known since childhood, saying to reporters “Hailey Baldwin — isn’t she just the best?” But when this photo surfaced people started to ask if the buff Canadian had moved in on the model and was appreciating her physical charms, in addition to her personal charisma.
First the Mirror reported that the two had “been spotted passionately kissing” at a New Year’s event. Many questioned whether an unnamed source reporting on a boozy memory he had of a crowded venue could be trusted. However, some photo evidence soon appeared on Instagram.
— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) January 4, 2016
In another Instagram shot Justin sits with the blonde in a pose that is staged but intimate. Hailey tugs on his white chinos with an almost territorial insistence, as she stares into the lens. An ever-present highlight sits high on the model’s distinctive and unusually-shaped cheekbones (the speck of light seems to follow Hailey Baldwin around, illuminating her no matter where she stands, much as a spotlight moves with a master-of-ceremonies as he bounds around a stage) and her breasts are pushed in the direction of the heartthrob, providing a perfect pictorial complement to the various reports that are saying Hailey is “determined” to secure the hard-bodied Canadian as her boyfriend. Is Stephen Baldwin’s daughter using all the tanned and shapely assets at her disposal?
For his part, Justin Bieber takes in the cleavage with a casual, almost lethargic interest befitting a traveler in the hot Caribbean. His ankles are showing, his feet are on the table, his hair is pulled off his flushed face and his arms span the back of the sofa with a subtler territorialism, more of a sense of entitlement – the entitlement of one who has just ordered an expensive bottle of wine and could probably drop a tip that would pay the bartender’s student loans and then some.
Are Justin and Hailey really dating? It seems more likely that the flirtatious Canadian and the model are “friends with benefits”. Capital FMreports that both have previously denied they are an item. Justin told Ryan Seacrest a few months ago that he “needs to be alone for a while” following his split with Selena Gomez.
The Purpose hunk is also known to be a fan of the “friends with benefits” arrangement — he reportedly had it with Kendall Jenner and then Kendall’s older sister Kourtney Kardashian. He hooked up with a slew of Instagram models, often referring to them as “friends” as the flings were taking place, and was not shy about posting shots of himself with the ladies.
Case in point: Instagram model Jayde Pierce was definitely not Justin’s girlfriend.
— Jailey My babe's (@justinchaytiado) December 31, 2015
Hailey even hinted at her lack of exclusivity with Justin, and the fact that flirty photos do not signal commitment, when she took to Instagram today and posted a shot of herself being fondled lightly by one of Justin’s friends.
While the hookup is probably casual, that does not mean there is not a web of sinister intentions and volatile emotions surrounding the pair. Before hooking up with Hailey, Justin had been seen serenading ex-lover Selena Gomez, who some accuse him of “jerking around” for years, leaving the actress traumatized. Justin quickly moved on to Kourtney Kardashian, apparently telling Selena “you know how this business works,” implying that he was motivated to serenade Selena publicly in order to grab some media attention, after all, the celebrity tabloids, especially Hollywood Life, cannot get enough of Jelena.
Kourtney Kardashian was said to be thrilled with the attention from the sexy younger guy, but reports claimed that Kendall Jenner was not happy that her older sister was bedding Justin. It gets worse — Hollywood Life is now reporting that Kendall may have bedded Kourtney’s husband Scott Disick a while back.
Did Kourtney hook up with Justin to take revenge on her Victoria’s Secret model sister? It seemed to be going well for a while, but then Justin abruptly moved on to Hailey Baldwin, reportedly prompting the older Kardashian sister to end the affair. Does Kourtney suspect that the Canadian love rat could be taking her for a ride… all while she was trying to use him to get back at shiny-haired Kendall?
It gets even more Melrose Place. Selena Gomez was also reported to have hooked up with Niall Horan from One Direction in order to take revenge on Justin, according to The Daily Mail.
Kendall has now reportedly moved on to Harry Styles, and Taylor Swift is said to be upset about the whole thing. Kendall apparently hooked up with Harry following a note-taking session with Taylor about how love rat Harry did them both wrong.
Phew. Will anyone be left standing, recognizably human, and in a state of emotional health at the end of this? Are celebrities using the 24-hour-news cycle and social media explosion to shade each other and take low shots at their exes? Is Hollywood a cesspool of revenge, pettiness, soulless sex and life-destroying scandal? Or is Hollywood Life just too quick to assume people feel a certain way? Tell us.
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