Hailey Baldwin felt ‘outcast’ at church after Justin Bieber split in 2016
- Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber regularly attended church services when they first met in 2016.
- After their split, the model told the WSJ that “people in the church” made her feel “very rejected.”
- “When did church become a social club? It was such a bad feeling,” Hailey said.
Hailey Bieber (née Baldwin) recalls feeling unwelcome by many in her church community following her 2016 split from Justin Bieber, who is now her husband.
Before the model married the “Justice” singer in 2018 (and then again in a bigger wedding in 2019), they briefly met two years prior. Both practicing Christians, the couple regularly attend religious services in the same churches.
When they broke up months after their relationship began in 2016, Hailey, 25, said the behavior of some followers towards her had changed.
“There were a lot of people in the church world that made me feel very left out,” she told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published Tuesday. “When did the church become a social club? It was such a bad feeling.”
In the years before Justin, 27, and Hailey reconnected At a 2018 church conference in Miami, some of the model’s longtime friends, such as Churchome pastors Judah Smith and Chelsea Smith, stood by her side throughout the fall, it said. -she explains.
Thanks to their unwavering support, Hailey told The Wall Street Journal that she felt comfortable enough to have a candid conversation about her personal life on their podcast, “In good faith“, in November 2021.
During the joint interview with Justin, Hailey discussed the challenges she faced early in their marriage, particularly supporting her new husband through his mental health struggles.
At one point, she said she called her mother, Kennya Baldwin, and said, “I just can’t do this. There’s no way I can do this if it’s gotta be like this forever.”
Her mother responded calmly, according to the model, and reassured her daughter that “it’s going to pass” and that she and Hailey’s father, Stephen Baldwin, were behind her.
“I feel like we had a lot of support. I feel like if I didn’t have support it would have been 10 times harder, and that was already the hardest thing to my life at the time,” she said. on the podcast.
Now, more than three years into their marriage, Hailey said she’s become cautious about sharing details about her personal life and relationship in interviews.
“It’s no longer worth it for me to try to have an open conversation with someone like you and then it’s taken out of context,” she told WSJ’s Lane Florsheim.
To speak directly to her fans, Hailey created her own Youtube channel, which currently has 1.47 million subscribers. She is also in the process of launching her own skincare line coined after her middle name, Rhode.