Hailey Baldwin, 22, and Justin Bieber, 24, told Vogue that they abstained from having sex until they were man and wife as they appear in an intimate spread in the publication, shot by acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz.
Justin Bieber revealed he had a “legitimate problem with sex” and explained why he and Hailey Baldwin saved themselves for marriage after rekindling their romance in June.
The couple said celibacy was one of the best decisions they ever made, but admitted that marriage was ‘always going to be hard’ and added that it is not a ‘magical fantasy.’
Bieber, 24, said in a Vogue interview published Thursday that he had been celibate for more than a year when he ran into Baldwin at a conference in Miami. The “Sorry” singer opened up about his sex addiction, saying abstaining from sex helped him feel closer to God.
Justin said his first interview in two years, that his religious beliefs led him to decide to abstain from being intimate with Hailey after the pop star said he had previously had ‘a legitimate problem with sex.’
“He [God] doesn’t ask us not to have sex for him because he wants rules and stuff,” Bieber told 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 behaviour,” Bieber added.
The singer was famously seen sneaking out of a brothel in Brazil covered in white bedsheets by his minders, back in 2013.
The What Do You Mean hitmaker revealed that in June of 2018 he had been celibate already for more than a year. The singer was likely celibate during part of his relationship with Selena Gomez, 26, as it only ended that spring.
The singer said running into his now-wife in June made him realized how much he loved Baldwin despite their previous rough breakup.
“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 recalled. “I was like, ‘Holy cow, this is what I’ve been looking for.’”
Bieber and Baldwin, who said they saved themselves for their wedding day, tied the knot in a New York City courthouse in September after 12 weeks of dating.
Bieber admitted that sex was one reason for the quick marriage, but the couple is still planning their wedding party.
Despite Justin’s views on God, he says his opinions on religion can be confusing to some people.
He said: ‘I wouldn’t consider myself religious, that confuses a lot of people because they’re like, well you go to church.
‘I believe in the story of Jesus – that’s the simplicity of what I believe. But I don’t believe in all the religious elitism and pretentiousness…
‘I get sensitive when religion comes up because it’s been so hurtful to a lot of people. I don’t want to be thought of as someone who stands for any of the injustice that religion has done and does do.’
The pair first met back in 2009, but eyebrows were raised when Justin rekindled his romance with Hailey three years ago.
They had run ran into each other at a conference in Miami hosted by Rich Wilkerson Jr., the pastor of Vous Church, who officiated Kim and Kanye’s wedding.
It was just six months after he split from singer Selena Gomez, 26, his on-off girlfriend since 2010.
Hailey said they were past the drama of their previous romance by then and Justin told her, ‘we’re not going to be friends’ with plans for them to be a proper couple.
She said she never thought of Justin as more than anything other than a crush as they had a weird age difference when they first met.
‘One day,’ she said, ‘Justin walked into Hillsong and was like, “Hey, you got older.” I was like, “Yeah, what’s up?”.
‘Over time he became my best guy friend. I was running around with him as his homie, but we weren’t hanging out [romantically].’
Baldwin, 22, said the “common denominator” between she and Bieber was “always church.” She admitted she was lonely the first few weeks after becoming the singer’s wife because of the nasty comments about her relationship being posted on social media.
“I prayed to feel peace about the decision [to get married], and that’s where I landed,” she said. “I love him very much. I have loved him for a long time.”
Baldwin said she’s committed to her marriage with Bieber.
“We’re really young, and that’s a scary aspect. We’re going to change a lot. But we’re committed to growing together and supporting each other in those changes,” the model said. “That’s how I look at it. At the end of the day, too, he’s my best friend. I never get sick of him.”
Justin grins. ‘And you’re my baby boo.’
Justin said he wishes that Hailey would take just a little pressure off herself as a new wife, saying: ‘She’s trying to be this grown-up. I think we can be married and still have fun and enjoy our adolescence. That’s something we’re talking about.’
The pretty blonde said she is navigating her way through being a newlywed in the best way she can.
She said: ‘It’s just that I’m fighting to do this the right way, to build a healthy relationship. I want people to know that.
The couple are still said to be planning a formal ceremony, but it will be simply symbolic now they are officially husband and wife.
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