Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's whirlwind romance was one of the most buzzed-about celebrity stories in 2018. The couple became engaged in July after just a few weeks of dating, and by September they officially tied the knot at a New York courthouse. (A formal ceremony is still TBD.) Bieber and Baldwin open up about their relationship in Vogue's March cover story and reveal a new tidbit of information, as well: They waited until marriage to have sex.
According to Vogue, Bieber was more than a year into "a self-imposed tenure of celibacy" when he and Baldwin started dating. His reasoning? He had a "legitimate problem with sex" and decided to forgo it to strengthen his relationship with God.
“[God] doesn’t ask us not to have sex for him because he wants rules and stuff,” Bieber tells Vogue. “He’s like, 'I’m trying to protect you from hurt and pain.' I think sex can cause a lot of pain. Sometimes people have sex because they don’t feel good enough. Because they lack self-worth. Women do that, and guys do that. I wanted to rededicate myself to God in that way because I really felt it was better for the condition of my soul. And I believe that God blessed me with Hailey as a result. There are perks. You get rewarded for good behavior."
A desire to have sex is partially what prompted Bieber and Baldwin to quickly marry at the courthouse last fall—but they had other reasons, too. “When I saw her last June, I just forgot how much I loved her and how much I missed her and how much of a positive impact she made on my life," Bieber says. "I was like, 'Holy cow, this is what I’ve been looking for.'”
This confession effectively debunks any speculation Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin married because she was pregnant. In fact, it's clear from this interview they both thought carefully before saying "I do." “I prayed to feel peace about the decision, and that’s where I landed,” Baldwin tells Vogue. “I love him very much. I have loved him for a long time.” Read more of their candid interview over at Vogue.com.