Hailey Baldwin: ‘Honestly, I may never stop wearing the mask in public’

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Hailey Bieber covers the April issue of Elle Magazine. She seems to be promoting her various modeling contracts plus her new YouTube channel, but as with many of Hailey’s interviews over the past few years, most of it seems to be about Justin Bieber and their marriage. I don’t hate that, really. I actually like her hustle, and she’s fashioned a really solid career for herself as Hailey Bieber. Perhaps I would feel differently if I disliked her as a model, but I actually think she’s a good editorial model? She photographs well, she has an interesting look, etc. You can read the full Elle piece here. Some highlights:

She doesn’t mind masks: “Obviously, sometimes it can be a little frustrating, having to breathe my same air and wear this everywhere. But one thing I do like is that the paparazzi can’t see your face. I’m a young woman, and it’s very weird having all these grown men following you around all the time. I’m still not used to it, and I don’t think I ever should be used to it, because it’s weird and not normal. Honestly, I may never stop wearing the mask in public, let’s just put it that way.”

Getting married in September 2018: Justin was “at a stage of his life where he could make decisions like, ‘I’m done with girls, and I’m done with fooling around, and I’m done with partying.’ We were friends first for a really long time before there was anything romantic. But we always knew that we were aligned on what we wanted in our future. We had talked about wanting to be married young and having a family young and building a life. Even before we knew we wanted to be with each other.”

They didn’t have their big wedding until one year later. “I mean, I was married when I was 21, two months before I turned 22, which is insanely young. And sounds almost ridiculous when you say it out loud. Although I do think for somebody like me and somebody like Justin, [it’s different]. We’ve seen a lot for our age. We have both lived enough life to know that’s what we wanted.”

Their wild African serval cats are not living with them: While Oscar the Yorkie made the move to the rental with the Biebers, the terms of the lease prohibited the couple from bringing their two spotted Savannah cats. Reportedly purchased as cubs at $35,000 for the pair, Sushi and Tuna are a cross between a domesticated cat and a medium-size, large-eared, wild African serval. “The cats are amazing, but they are psycho. At one point, we had them in this room with a big sliding glass door. We’re sitting in the kitchen and we hear this giant thud, and we turn around and one of the cats has jumped off the ground and is sprawled out like this.” She holds her arms and legs out, spread-eagle style. The half-wild cat had secured itself to the glass “like Spider-Man,” she says. He hung there for at least 30 seconds before he finally succumbed to gravity. “They’re really vocal. They legit talk to you. But they act half wild.” For the time being, they’re staying with Hailey’s cousin.

The Bieber marriage has gotten stronger during the pandemic: “I try to be careful saying something like, ‘The good thing about the pandemic,’ because I know there’s been so much sadness and devastation. But over the last six years of my career, I’ve never gone this long without working. Quarantine has removed any expectations of work, and there is no pressure of having to be anywhere. It’s the same for Justin. We’ve gotten so much solid alone time. It’s like this long, extended vacation where we get to hang out together all the time…. I learn new things about him and about myself and about our relationship all the time. Do we have little fights and stuff that we have to work through sometimes? Yeah, of course, but it really doesn’t ever feel like work, because I love him so much. I see forever with him.”

On celebrity relationships: “You mean, if you look at celebrity relationships, most fail? Yeah, for sure. I think any relationship can fail, Hollywood or not. Is it harder in the public eye? Absolutely. But I think the two of us are grounded by our faith. I’m not saying it’s this easy-peasy thing that doesn’t take work. We talk to a therapist. We do what we have to do.”

[From Elle]

“We’ve seen a lot for our age. We have both lived enough life to know that’s what we wanted.” Eh! I mean, they probably saw a lot for their ages when they married, but lord! I was so dumb when I was 20/21 and so were Justin and Hailey! I’m not saying that they’re wrong for each other or anything – I think they have as good a shot as anyone – but deciding when you’re 20/21 that you’ve seen enough and you’re ready to be with one guy forever is a really big deal and a really big commitment. That being said, I think it’s a good sign that they enjoyed their pandemic together and they came out of it stronger. As for what she says about their cats… like, those cats are not supposed to be domesticated animals, for the love of God!

Cover & IG courtesy of Elle.

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  1. Lily P says:

    I’m perfectly happy to continue wearing masks in public transport etc. I’ve noticed I don’t get ill nearly as much and so it’s definitely heightened my awareness of public hygiene and health!

    • Tiffany says:

      I use public transportation for work and yeah, the mask are staying. This was the 1st winter season where I did not have to be laid up in bed with the flu and 1st spring that I did not have my seasonal, transitional cold which would also have me laid up.

      Masks work so Imma keep using them.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I will keep using them too in public places. It not that much trouble to wear a mask to be safe.

    • Traveler says:

      For the foreseeable future I will be wearing a mask on public transportation; no doubt. I can’t imagine being on a plane without one, especially on long hauls to Europe. I may never stop on planes since I’ve almost always caught some cold or flu on return flights in the past.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      RIGHT?! The flu was practically non-existent this year.

      I’m thinking I’ll keep wearing them in closed/crowded spaces.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I’ve enjoyed having a bigger “space bubble”. I really don’t like people getting too close to me, especially men. The pandemic has made moving away from people less rude! I hope that change stays.

    • liz says:

      Same. Mass transit. Small, cramped stores (my beloved local record store comes to mind). I will continue wearing a mask in those kinds of places.

      Eventually I’ll stop wearing one while running in the park (I’m 10 days post-dose #2), but even then, my allergies have been so much better this spring largely because I’m wearing a mask while the park is in full bloom.

      And what is that with the cats???? Those poor things. It’s for the best that they have been rehomed instead of living with them.

  2. lunchcoma says:

    I was softening on her until I got to the bit about the serval cats. They’re still spoiled celebrity children who treat animals as property and don’t think about the effects of their actions.

    • Traveler says:

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • pottymouth pup says:

      the bolded note referring to them as wild Serval cats should be corrected; the details have it correct that they are Savannah cats which are Serval mixes that are not wild and are specially bred for stupid rich people that want an exotic-ish cat. and, seriously, if I can make sure that I limit where I look for a home to a place that allows my dogs, filthy rich people like the Biebers can just as easily do the same for their Savannahs. Justin Bieber is the height of irresponsible when it comes to animals

      • lunchcoma says:

        I wonder what the poor cousin has to say about having a Savannah cat suddenly thrust on them? I’m admittedly not as familiar with them as I am with Bengals, but by Baldwin’s own description, these aren’t animals who can be kept in the same way as a regular domestic cat. I suppose celebrity relations put up with a lot in return for financial assistance or favors, but it seems cruel to everyone involved to ask a relative to take care of a pet with unusual needs rather than find a place where their pets would be allowed.

    • Sinéad says:

      “ For the time being, they’re staying with Hailey’s cousin” I think that’s code for ‘they got rid of the cats’

    • Xoxo says:

      The cats are mixed with domestics, though.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Regardless if they are mixed with domestics, it seems the breed has needs that they can’t meet. They should have researched and prepared for this before they bought them. Calling the cats “psycho” for being their natural selves is pretty gross.

        These cats can naturally jump 8 feet into the air, and owners are warned to take extra precautions because they can also open doors, etc.

  3. Emm says:

    I’m with her on the masks though. I love not having to fake smile at people or make small talk so much and not having to wear makeup. I also don’t wear them 10-12 hrs a day like essential workers so I can understand how they are ready to be done. Even though I’m fully vaccinated I will continue to wear one until we are told it’s safe not too, however long that is.

  4. Cecilia says:

    I like hailey better as a model than kendall jenner to be honest. And i know that everybody grows up at a different pace but as a 21 year old, thinking that you’ve seen it all at this age just sounds a bit dumb. Sorry

  5. FHMom says:

    I don’t hate them as a couple, but I’m concerned obout the cat situation. It sounds like it should be illegal to keep them. Has no animal rights group heard about this? I’m with her on the mask situation. I may keep my mask, too, it for different reasons.

  6. Tammy says:

    I’m happy not having to bleach my upper lip as much so the mask is staying for me.

  7. Wiglet Watcher says:

    I’m betting a lot of people will wear a mask for a very long time after it’s over longer suggested on such a broad scale. It’s become our societal norm.

    She’s meh as a model for me, but her hustle is admirable! For as wise as she thinks she is she’s still existed in a bubble and remains there. As someone that wasn’t wealthy, but now is comfortable I’ll say this. Everyone has their struggles. But if you have money your struggles are probably not survival based. They’re annoying and inconvenient, but you’ll eat, your bills are paid and you’re spending on things you don’t need without major sacrifices.
    When she turns 30 she’ll feel wiser. And at 40 she’ll feel she was naive at 20.

    And maybe it’s just me, but idk how 2 people can end up married and claim there was no initial attraction for the years they were just friends. I thought the timeline was that they got together and married rather quickly once he and Selena were officially done.

  8. Beech says:

    There’s a disturbing trend of people not going for their second shot. I’m sticking with masking. Beware of continued surges.

  9. SpankyB says:

    I was married at 20 and I was an idiot. I was divorced by 28. She sounds more mature than I did in my 20′s.

    I’ve never paid that much attention to Justin, no idea what he sings, I just know of him from tabloids, but for some reason I’m rooting for them. I hope they make it for the long haul.

    And yeah, I’ll be wearing my mask for a long time. I’m still double masking.

  10. sassafras says:

    I was married at 22 and still am, 22 years later. I knew what I wanted, so did he. Plenty of people get divorced after they get married, whether they do it at 22 or 42 or 62. It’s not about age, it’s about people and *waves hands* life.

    And I’m not stopping wearing masks, while traveling or in winter months. Not getting sick makes my life better.

    • Twin falls says:

      “It’s not about age, it’s about people and *waves hands* life.”

      Lol, love this and agree.

  11. Starkille says:

    My mask isn’t going anywhere for a long time either. As an unattractive (by nearly anyone’s standard) woman whose only possibly passable facial features are my eyes, it’s been about a million times easier for me to exist when I have to go out in public (which is rare right now, but still). The reduction in anxiety has truly been life-changing.

    • Vavavoom says:

      aw, this made me sad. On one hand I’m happy it has been life changing for you, but I’m sorry you feel that way about yourself. Hugs.

    • Call_me_al says:

      Yeah, I just don’t want everyone looking at my face! I like the anonymity. And the germ protection.

  12. Case says:

    I’m going to continue wearing the mask post pandemic when traveling. I used to come home sick from trips all the time.

  13. Abby says:

    I kind of like her in this interview. I’m not a celebrity but I would 1000% wear masks in public forever. I look forward to not needing to wear them at social gatherings with friends, but I’ll wear a mask in target for however long. It’s nice to be anonymous and not care what my face looks like. Plus it’s warmer in cold weather. And knock on wood kept me from getting sick for a whole cold and flu season. My kids have been MUCH less sick with colds since everyone started wearing masks.

    Re: cats, hopefully the cousin has a bigger living space for them? Sounds like their apartment wasn’t a good situation.

    I worried about them when they got married–SO YOUNG, so impulsive. But good for them for making it through a pandemic together. That’s something.

    • Penelope says:

      I kind of like her responses to these questions! I sure didn’t sound like this at her age. She comes across as thoughtful, particularly the way she says she doesn’t want to say “the good thing about the pandemic.” The more I read her interviews the more I like her. She’s got good hustle and she seems grounded. No wonder the Beibs seemed to suddenly become a better man after he started dating her.

  14. MangoAngelesque says:

    I find myself constantly muttering under my breath to myself in public nowadays, and I truly fear I wouldn’t lose that habit along with the mask, thereby making people incredibly uncomfortable, so the mask stays.

    Oh, and health benefits, of course.

  15. Moxylady says:

    I’m so grossed out by other humans old lung moisture filled refuse. I’m keeping the mask.

  16. serena says:

    I feel her on the mask comment, but because I think after Covid it will take a while not to be afraid.

    I don’t find her interesting as a model at all, she has this perpetual blank face that really offers nothing, her look is also average imo, but I appreciate her hustle and she seems charismatic in video. Other than that, I don’t want to be offensive but man she seems really dumb and spoiled af … “But they act half wild.” … YOU DON’T SAY? They just bought 2 wild “cats” and then dumped them over someone else when it was ‘too much’. I hate that sort of vapid attitude.

  17. Kaykay says:

    I like Hailey.
    And I like my mask too. I’m shy and I feel like I can relax behind my mask and my sunglasses, and it also protects me from the sun so I don’t have to wear so much sunscreen … or wax my mustasch, mwaahaha.