Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are not only together, they are exclusively dating and reportedly in a serious relationship.
According a new tabloid report, an ultimatum from the 19-year-old daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin lies at the root of the 21-year-old superstar’s surprise Instagram spree of romantic photos of the couple during their New Year’s vacation in Anguilla and St. Barts on January 3.
One of the non-captioned pictures, which went viral, showed Justin and Hailey kissing. It’s a particularly beautiful moment. Based on the Jailey-centric Twitter trends which quickly launched as fans and media outlets reacted, many interpreted the snaps as the Biebs’ declaration that the couple are in an intimate relationship.
After a brief interlude in Mexico (which wasn’t entirely uneventful), the “Love Yourself” singer and the model returned to the U.S., and were spotted together as recently as Monday having a late breakfast at Nate N Al’s in Beverly Hills.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) January 13, 2016
The magazine claims the heartthrob, who has been linked — sometimes erroneously and sometimes not — with models and celebrities, following his on-and-off four-year relationship with ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, took note of Hailey’s alleged riot act, and has apparently committed to a monogamous romance.
“Justin has never had a woman act like that before,” the insider reportedly confirmed. “He couldn’t say no. So he’s been seeing her again and is with her all the time.”
A reasonable view? While Justin and Hailey certainly appear loved-up and are still spending time together after their epic vacation, we’re not convinced it has anything to do with Kourtney Kardashian. Here’s why:
During a recent interview on The Bert Show, the Biebs revealed nothing happened between him and the 36-year-old mother-of-three and joked that she “used” him to make her ex, Scott Disick, jealous. When he was asked if there was any truth to the rumor, the singer replied, “Nah. We’ll leave it at that.”
Kourtney’s sister, Khloe, also addressed the “Jourtney” claims while promoting her forthcoming new show Kocktails With Khloe. At one point, the reality star joked to E! News host Catt Sadler, “Apparently, Justin has dated Kylie, Kendall, and Kourtney in my family.” Khloe added, “But, Justin has been a friend of the family for years and years.”
At another moment, Khloe looked as if she was about to blurt out that Justin is with Hailey before Sadler stopped her.
Kendall stated the same thing when she was questioned as to whether she and the Biebs had ever got romantic, during her sit-down with Nightline back in November 2014. Kendall said that, “Everybody loves to assume things, but no,” before adding that the singer was just “a longtime friend of our family.”
Which brings us to Kourtney, Kendall, and Hailey’s night out at the hotspot Nice Guy in West Hollywood on Monday evening. Well-known as a place where the famous gather, it’s clear the three knew tongues would wag over their meet-up, and and wanted to make a point.
But, what point?
Well, if Kourtney wanted to shut down chatter about her and Justin, an evening out with the two names he is always linked to is a great way to do it.
Thus: despite TMZ’s predictable and charmingly sexist headline, “Kourtney, Kendall and Hailey: Bieber’s Conquests Party Together,” and other gossip outlets subsequently publishing trashy, false claims, we are inclined to believe Bieber has not had intimate relations with anyone from the Kardashian-Jenner clan.
Interestingly, a few hours after Us Weekly’s story published, Baldwin tweeted a cryptic message, writing, “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” And, no, we have no idea either.
Gossip sites and tabloid press mostly tend to sucker readers in by reporting sensationalized shock-type headlines. They want one thing: traffic to websites, newspapers, or networks. Alleged “ultimatums” and demands to “man-up” are pure catnip to punters. But the reality is, it’s far more likely that Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber, who have known each other since 2009, are now dating because their long friendship naturally turned into something more.
So, if the Biebs did need a gentle or not-so-gentle nudge from Hailey to take their relationship to the next level, recent photos from Mexico suggest ultimatums and demands aren’t part of the picture.
Put simply: They just look like a young, happy couple.
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