Hailey Baldwin: ‘Look, marriage is always going to be hard’

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I will fully admit it: I never thought much of or about Hailey Baldwin before she got with Justin Bieber. I thought she was an interchangeable nepotism model who kind of sucked at modeling and had a bland look. I’m not proud of finding Hailey more interesting once she married Justin. In my defense, she legitimately has more of a “look” now, right? Like, she’s changed up her look subtly and she’s doing more interesting stuff with her hair and makeup. But yeah. I guess I’m that person who finds women more compelling when they’re with someone famous. Hailey covers the latest issue of Vogue Australia, and it’s a sort of lowkey desert shoot – you can see the photos here. The interview was conducted by Derek Blasberg, who is friends with everyone. He’s like 2019’s Truman Capote, I guess. Some highlights:

When she gave up ballet: “When I was about to turn 17, I was in Miami doing the summer program at the Miami City Ballet and I had to decide if I was going to stay there and train for the rest of high school or if I was going to go back to New York and try to make it as a model instead. As a dancer, I got hurt a lot, and I didn’t know if I was going to be good enough to make it into the company when I was done. I finally said to myself: ‘You know what? I don’t feel like you’re a prodigy at this.’ Yes, I loved it and I did it well, but I knew I wasn’t going to be a professional dancer. I wasn’t devastated, because I was realistic about it.”

Her modeling career: “My burn in the modelling industry has been slow and I’ve had to learn to be okay with that. I’m shorter than most of the girls. Even though I’m five-foot-eight, I’m not a runway girl and I totally used to feel inferior to some of my friends. Look at Kendall [Jenner] and Bells [Bella Hadid] and Gigi [Hadid] … they’re all tall and doing every runway. For a while, there was a part of me that didn’t know if I could have the career I wanted if I couldn’t do runway. I don’t think that anymore. I had so many people, like casting directors, say: ‘We don’t think she’s a real model.’ It was disappointing until I found my own lane. I don’t look short in photos. You can make it work and not have to do runway, and I’ve done a good job with that. I’m proud of myself for building a more commercial career that worked for me and being confident about it. I’ve hosted a show, I did major American campaigns, and a bunch of other things that I’ve really enjoyed. Sometimes I feel like I’m still finding my lane, but now I know I’m going in the right direction.”

Whether marriage is still hard: “I said that when we had first married. Look, marriage is always going to be hard and I think good relationships are the relationships that you put the work into. Specifically, I said that when there were a lot of new things. I had never lived with someone before. I never had to cohabit with somebody in that way, so I was learning how to share space with someone for the first time. We were trying to bend in each other’s direction and learn what was comfortable… Now it’s easier, because we’ve found a rhythm. We have more fun together, which is what should happen when you spend more time with someone you love.”

Going to church: “I grew up in a Christian church, same as my husband, and I’ve been vocal about my beliefs. That’s something that makes a part of our relationship easier, too. When you both believe in the same thing, it eases conflict. It’s important for people to have something to believe in. It doesn’t have to be Christianity, by the way. The church I go to is what I believe to be true, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be true for you, or true for another person. Spirituality and having something to centre yourself is important. I live my life believing that when I die, I’m going to go to heaven. If I so happen to die and there’s nothing at the end of it, at least I lived my life believing in something.”

[From Vogue Australia]

She also talks a lot about her personal style (she loves oversized clothing), how she wants to do a skincare line with Justin (since he already owns all of the trademarks) and how they live a very lowkey life when they’re at home in Canada. I found the modeling stuff interesting – Hailey does do runway work, but yes, she’s more of an editorial/print model. That’s how she’s been able to fudge her height all these years!

It does sound like she’s handling marriage a bit better one year in – the first year was rough on both of them, I think, and they were pretty much in therapy and marriage counseling from the word go. I always get the feeling that Hailey is just.., organized. She’s a very logical, organized, driven, focused person. I think she stabilizes Justin and he leans on her strength every day they’re together. And I still think that’s A LOT for her to deal with.

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  1. Eenie Googles says:

    Look, as a married person, I can say that marriage is not “hard.”
    It requires compromise, sure. And sometimes it takes some work. Sure. Are there certain difficult episodes? Sure.
    But it shouldn’t “always” be “hard” and if you are calling it that in your first year, it’s a bad sign.

    • Amy says:

      I think the fact that the girl got married at the ripe old age of 21 so that she and her partner could have sex without offending God probably wasn’t the best decision tbh.

  2. Gaby says:

    She looks exactly the same in every photo, they could just photoshop different clothes into her body and she wouldn’t even have to work. She’s just so bland.

  3. StefI says:

    I still find her boring and bland. I don’t think she’s beautiful, she’s cute but not a type I’d think is a model. I’m glad she and Justin are happy and I think she balances him out. I just see nothing interesting about her.

  4. Daisy says:

    This was an okay interview. And I’m surprised she didn’t sound insufferable like Kendall, Gigi and Bella do when it’s their turn.

  5. Aims says:

    I agree with her about marriage. It can be hard, especially if you’ve never shared a home with someone. My first year was hard, because I’ve always been independent. It was difficult for me to say,” I’m going to go out, I’ll be home in a bit.” Because I never had to do that before, I just did my thing. My husband has NEVER been the one to breath down my neck about where I go, he has always respected my independence. But my hang up was my own personal thing. 22 years later we have long found our rythm, we know each other so well and most importantly we respect each other’s independence. We give each other the space that we both need.

    As far as the religion goes. I’m not someone who needs to have faith in something. I believe you can be a decent, kind, compassionate person without joining organizations.

    • Savannah says:

      Didn’t you live together before you got married..?

      I would think you had a relationship with your husband and had to compromise and let him know you were going out for a bit before you got married too?

      Why does marrige have to change everything in a relationship? It’s not like you’re different people than you were before you married..

  6. Lillia says:

    I disagree with her about marriage being hard. I suppose being famous presents additional challenges, so they may be dealing with that. I do like her and she has a gorgeous presence as a model.

  7. Allergy says:

    She’s one of those people who do not compute as beautiful in my brain. I look at her features and I should see her as pretty, but I just don’t, somehow. Charlize Theron and Halle Berry are like this to me too, I cannot “feel” the pretty. (I’m sure though that if I saw these people in person I’d think “what a gorgeous woman.”) I don’t know if you guys understand what I mean, I don’t think they are ugly.

  8. Kristen says:

    “I guess I’m that person who finds women more compelling when they’re with someone famous” is a SUPER problematic statement. Please consider that when girls and young women read things like this, it reinforces the idea that women aren’t enough simply based on their own merits, and that to be interesting, you’re dependent on a man.

  9. sammiches says:

    she is very, very, very, very, very, very borrrriiinnngggggggggggg

  10. Hello kitty says:

    1. No way she’s 5’8
    2. She’s still an IG model who owes her career and following to nepotism.
    3. She’s very clearly had a nose job and lip injections.
    4. This marriage will end in divorce.

    La fin.

  11. Anna says:

    I still think that Justin is leaning on her for way more than is healthy – she honestly seems like a combination of his life coach, sober coach, and wife, which is not good. But I’m not privy to the inner workings of their marriage or anything, and I totally admit I could be wrong. I just get that vibe, and her statement me about marriage “always being hard” does not bode well.

  12. A says:

    I don’t like that she’s so young and so willing to be the pillar that Justin leans on. I think it makes her happy for the moment because she feels wanted right now. I know that for myself, I love to be the person everyone depends on in a crises. I love to dispense advice and solve problems. But we all need people to be there for us. And for whatever reason, I do not think that Justin Bieber would do even one fraction of the work that Hailey Baldwin is doing for him in turn. And it makes me so fcking sad to watch a young girl spend her 20s propping up a man who would dump her if he didn’t need her, and has done so in the past. How many of us have been here, and how many of us have regretted it?

  13. A Fan says:

    I, too, disagree that marriage is hard. That could be the difference between getting married very, very young vs older.

    [*I highly doubt they will weather the storms to come.*]

  14. Carmen AIC says:

    She’s surprisingly well-spoken in comparison to the other model-bots who’re all “homeboy can, like, get it.”
    One thing that will always be true about her is that she’s way stronger and stabler than Selena. It remains to be seen if that will make her marriage last.
    Trouble looks for trouble.

  15. Neverremember says:

    living with a partner (married or not it makes no difference) can mean going through some rough patches but if you’re describing it as hard in your first year it’s probably not a goer long term.