In 2018, a 21-year-old Hailey Baldwin married 24-year-old Justin Bieber just one month after they got back together following an on-and-off romance. The overwhelming narrative was about how quickly the “Peaches” hitmaker, now 29, was able to move on from his ex Selena Gomez. The scrutiny still follows his wife some five years on, and has even impacted her thoughts about becoming a parent one day.
Both Bieber and Gomez have been vocal about the intense fan-hatred aimed towards them following their alleged feud on TikTok. But now, the model has revealed that the vitriol she has been subjected to online has affected her opinion on starting a family.
“I literally cry about this all the time!” the beauty brand owner told The Sunday Times Style when asked about her plans for the future and whether children are on the cards. “I want kids so bad but I get scared. It’s enough that people say things about my husband or my friends. I can’t imagine having to confront people saying things about a child,” she says. “We can only do the best we can to raise them. As long as they feel loved and safe.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Hailey addresses the viral social media moment which saw her papped in a “Nepo Baby” T-shirt in January 2023. Hailey is the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin and the niece of Alec Baldwin and, as such, has found herself a prominent name in the discourse around nepotism in Hollywood. Marrying Bieber has even earned her the somewhat sexist moniker “nepo wife”. “That was me being, like, ‘I’m very aware of the situation … I’m going to wear it loud and proud because you are already labelling me as such and it’s true’,” she said of the fashion statement.
Despite her famous connections, Hailey has also made her own name for herself via modelling and launching her successful skincare line, Rhode. The model’s beauty brand – which is synonymous with the dewy skin she’s become known for – is finally being rolled out in the UK this May. As she focuses on her business, here’s hoping the online bullying stops and her future plans are no longer impacted by cruel online comments, but empowered by the passion she has for her projects.