Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin got (not-so) secretly married last year, and have sent out save the date announcements for a more formal wedding on February 28. In a cover story with Vogue, the couple intimate that they were celibate until they got hitched.
Justin and Hailey were close friends for years, and their romance was comparatively whirlwind.
"I was running around with him as his homie, but we weren’t hanging out [romantically],” Hailey said of their pre-courting times.
As Justin became out of control in his teen years, sleeping around became a big part of the problem.
“I found myself doing things that I was so ashamed of, being super-promiscuous and stuff, and I think I used Xanax because I was so ashamed," he admitted. "My mom always said to treat women with respect. For me that was always in my head while I was doing it, so I could never enjoy it. Drugs put a screen between me and what I was doing. It got pretty dark. I think there were times when my security was coming in late at night to check my pulse and see if I was still breathing.”
So when Justin and Hailey had gotten together, he had been celibate for more than a year in order to address what he called “a legitimate problem with sex.”
He decided to abstain to feel closer to God.
“[God] doesn’t ask us not to have sex for him because he wants rules and stuff,” he elaborated. “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.”
Their quick nuptials had something to do with wanting to break that vow of celibacy, but that wasn't it.
“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. I was like, Holy cow, this is what I’ve been looking for.”
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