Hailey Bieber covers the March 2020 issue of ELLE magazine photographed by Zoey Grossman and styled by Anna Trevelyan.
On moving out at 17: “I’ve always been super independent since I was really young. When I moved out, I was like, ‘Bye guys! See you later!’ ”she says, laughing. “I started modeling and made enough money to pay the rent. I was like, ‘Okay, cool. If this is going to work for me, I’m going to stick with it, because I enjoy making my own money and living on my own.’ ” She loves design as well and saw modeling as a potential path into the fashion business. “I would love to get into designing clothes. I love clothes! That’s actually one of the main reasons I got into the modeling industry.”
On her faith: “Being able to share that with each other—to have that bond of faith and spirituality—is so [critical] for us. It’s the most important part of our relationship, following Jesus together, being a part of the church community together. It’s everything.” She grew up attending a nondenominational church near Nyack, but it wasn’t until she moved to New York that she really got in touch with her own faith. “As I got older, it got harder to follow church and the Bible because it felt very adult. I don’t want to sound wrong, but it was boring. I didn’t care about it anymore, until I found a church I felt was geared toward young people. And for me, that was the Hillsong Church in New York City.” She first attended at 16. “It started to feel like my own little community of people who were also young and following God and just immersed in a church community. Then I developed my own relationship to church and my own relationship with God, separate from being raised that way by my parents. That’s been a cool journey for me.”
On loving Justin in sickness and in health: “When we first got married, we were just figuring out our life together. I felt like putting a wedding in the middle of all of that would be really hectic and stressful.” Justin was also wrestling with his own private health battle. “He was really sick. He has Lyme disease, and he was dealing with a bunch of medical stuff. We didn’t have a diagnosis. And it was hard because everybody from the outside was being super mean and judgmental, saying he looked like he was on drugs, saying how unhealthy he looked, when in truth, he was not healthy and we didn’t know why. It was months of me being a new wife trying to help him figure out what was wrong and what was going on. Now he’s perfectly healthy. But going through that and then trying to be like, ‘So where does our wedding fit into this?’ didn’t feel like the vibe at all.”
On what life is like at home for the newlyweds: “I definitely enjoy being home more than I enjoy being away.” She says she and Justin love cuddling on the couch, watching reruns of Friends with their cats, Sushi and Tuna. They are starting to establish some house rules, too. “I try to read more than be on my phone in bed. We have a rule: No phones in bed unless it’s absolutely necessary.”
On growing up and working on her relationship with Justin: “He had grown up so much. I was actually shocked. I think I had grown up a lot, too. He was somebody I’d always cared about so deeply and loved very deeply. Obviously, it took work and getting past things between the two of us, but it was all very worth it. He’s an incredible, amazing man and such a good partner to go through life with. There is no one else I would have ever wanted to spend my life with except him. So, I’m lucky.”
[Photo Credit: Zoey Grossman/ELLE Magazine]