Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Are In An Open Relationship
Yesterday, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin confirmed what most of us knew deep down in our gut: they’re in a non-exclusive relationship.
What’s newsworthy isn’t so much that two kids under the age of 25 have agreed to see each other while still banging other people on the low, but that they’ve decided to tell the whole world about it too.
Justin and Hailey have been a rumored couple for years, but recently, after a highly Instagrammed vacation that ended in a very public new year’s kiss, the question that’s been on everybody’s mind isn’t if Justin and Hailey are dating but when they’re going to come out as a couple.
Toward the end of GQ’s lengthy interview with the Biebs, we’re offered an inside look into what we could only speculate into from Instagram.
While leading a journalist back to his hotel room, Justin turns to his bodyguard and asks, “Is Hailey in my room?”
And she was.
Later, when they were out of earshot of the 19-year-old, Justin Bieber described Hailey as “someone I really love,” adding, “we spend a lot of time together,” while also being super up front about the reason why they’re not dating right now in a traditional sense.
“Right now in my life, I don’t want to be held down by anything. I already have a lot that I have to commit to. A lot of responsibilities. I don’t want to feel like the girl I love is an added responsibility,” adding that, “What if Hailey ends up being the girl I’m gonna marry, right? If I rush into anything, if I damage her, then it’s always gonna be damaged. It’s really hard to fix wounds like that.”
While it’s tempting to make the judgement call that Justin Bieber is just being a tiny bit of a fuckboy, for her part, Hailey seems totally cool about the arrangement, and the fact that he told GQ about it:
“I think it’s awesome,” she told Perez. “It wasn’t a surprise to me. I knew it was coming out. We are not an exclusive couple. He’s about to go on tour. Relationships at this age are already complicated, but I don’t really like to talk about it because it’s between him and me. Honestly, the rest of the GQ article comes out tomorrow.”
Perhaps the bigger question we should be asking is, should we be surprised at all that celebrity relationships are beginning to reflect the ambiguity of the modern dating world?
While for the most part celebrity relationships exist in the black and white world of ‘single and playing the field’ and ‘in a committed relationship’, in the past couple of years, numerous celebrity couples have made comments about at least being open to being open.
Last year, Will Smith said about his long-term relationship with Jada:
“Our perspective is, you don’t avoid what’s natural and you’re going to be attracted to people. If it came down to it, then one would say to the other: ‘Look, I need to have sex with somebody. Now I’m not going to do it if you don’t approve.”
And Angelina Jolie said something very similar about her relationship to Brad:
“I doubt that fidelity is absolutely essential for a relationship,” she said. “It’s worse to leave your partner and talk badly about him afterward. Neither Brad nor I have ever claimed that living together means to be chained together. We make sure that we never restrict each other.”
Granted, all of these statements are taken from established celebrity couples, who were either married at the time or went on to be, but maybe it took the statements of an elder, respected generation to lift the stigma enough for couples like Justin and Hailey to be honest about their relationship choices.
Or maybe they’re two kids who grew up on the idea that labeling every single thing about you isn’t necessary anymore.
But here’s one thing we know for sure: it’s really not our place to judge anybody else’s relationship choices.
Here’s to our new favorite celebrity non-couple couple.