Justin and Hailey Bieber are one of the most discussed celebrity couples out there. The couple got married in the fall of 2018, and since then they’ve had to navigate plenty of life’s ups and downs in their first year of wedded bliss. Hailey is on the cover of Elle for March 2020, and she gave a wide ranging interview about what it’s like to be Mrs. Bieber.
“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.”
“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.”
Justin’s health was the major reason why they postponed their wedding until the following year after they had already been legally married for months.
“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.”
Being newly married is difficult even under the best of circumstances, and the Biebers learned quickly that what they said in their vows was real.
“In sickness and in health. We went straight into figuring out the hard stuff. Because you never know what can happen with someone’s health. When you don’t know what’s happening, it’s really scary. And then you have the opinions of everybody from the outside, and it just sucks.”
Now that Justin’s got a clean bill of health, they’re able to focus on the regular things that they enjoy doing as a couple.
“I definitely enjoy being home more than I enjoy being away. 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.”
Hailey credits their shared Christian faith (for example, they didn’t move in together until they were married) as the strong foundation for their relationship.
“We ended up being at this church conference together in Miami, and it was the first time we’d seen each other in a while. I remember we were hanging out and I was like, ‘Listen, I’m really, really happy for us to be friends again. I want us to always be cool and be friends.’ He was like, ‘Yeah, here’s the thing: We’re not going to be friends.’ And I was like, ‘Oh. Is that so?’ I think we were both a little unsure about what was going on in the very beginning. It was familiar territory, but when a lot of time goes by, it’s like getting to know a new person.”
Hailey also praises how far Justin has come in the years that they’ve known each other, and calls him “an incredible, amazing man and such a good partner to go through life with.”