Supermodel Hailey Bieber has had a busy year. She’s graced the cover of Vogue multiple times, married the love of her life, Justin Bieber, and is now the cover of the Elle March edition.
In her interview with Elle, the twenty-three-year-old opened up about her relationship with the pop superstar and the glue that keeps them together: their mutual faith in God.
Hailey, daughter of Stephen Baldwin and niece of Alec Baldwin, grew up in a Christian home. Both of her parents are Christians and raised their kids in the faith, but it wasn’t always something Hailey was into.
“As I got older, it got harder to follow church and the Bible because it felt very adult,” she shared with Elle. “I don’t want to sound wrong, but it was boring.”
She explained that she stepped away from church for much of her teenage years until she found Hillsong Church NYC.
“I didn’t care about it anymore until I found a church I felt was geared toward young people,” she explained. “And for me, that was the Hillsong Church in New York City.”
At 16, the young model and at that time, dancer, started to seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
“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,” Hailey said. “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,” she added.
In 2018, the model married Justin Bieber in a New York City courthouse. The two, who had dated for a short period of time when Hailey was nineteen, then had a formal wedding ceremony on September 30, 2019, in South Carolina.
“Being able to share that with each other—to have that bond of faith and spirituality—is so [critical] for us,” she shared with Elle. “It’s the most important part of our relationship, following Jesus together, being a part of the church community together. It’s everything.”
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