In ELLE’s April 2021 cover story, on newsstands April 6, over a year into the pandemic and two plus years into her highly publicized marriage, supermodel Hailey Bieber opens up about seeing forever with Justin and why they aren’t afraid to put in the work—including therapy—learning to live with online hate and why she may never stop wearing a mask in public.
On wearing a mask in public and the paparazzi: “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.”
On marrying at a young age: “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.”
On her loss of anonymity after marrying Justin: “In the beginning of our marriage, I just wanted to hide. I was like, ‘I don’t want people so in my business. I feel like everybody’s up my a**’.’ I was like, ‘Can there be no anonymity? Can I have any of it back?’ ”
On seeing forever with Justin and why she isn’t afraid to put in the work: “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.”
“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.”
On her ambivalence towards social media: “About a year ago, I turned off the [public] comments [on Instagram], so that only people I follow can comment on my photos. And I remember someone telling me that doing so really lowers your engagement. And I was like, ‘I could give a f**k about engagement! People are terrorizing me.”
On how her parents’ marriage influenced her outlook on love: “When I was young and I would hear the story of how they met, it sounded like the most romantic thing in the world. You fantasize about having the same thing. I do think it influenced me to want to be married young.”
[Photo Credit: Mario Sorrenti for ELLE Magazine]
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