Justin Bieber, who started dating Hailey Baldwin “casually” roughly a month ago, never really was casual about her, a new report from Entertainment Tonight made clear. It turns out the Biebs, who proposed to Baldwin this weekend in the Bahamas, was planning to ask for her hand for a couple weeks. They’ve only been dating for a couple weeks, so that means Bieber must have had marriage on the mind days in.
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A source told the outlet that “Justin decided to propose to Hailey in front of a group of people in the Bahamas, but had been planning to ask her for a couple weeks now. The ring is gorgeous and Hailey is over the moon with joy. The two can’t stop telling their friends and family how excited they are for their journey together. The two have always had a great bond, and it is stronger now than ever.”
Another source told People additionally that the Jailey engagement isn’t all that shocking. “It’s kind of a surprise, but kind of not,” that source said. “Justin has been extremely happy these past few weeks. He has known Hailey for a long time. This might seem sudden, but they know each other very well.”
In fact, Bieber talked about marrying Baldwin two years ago, in 2016 to GQ magazine. He explained, on why he wasn’t ready to commit then to her:
I don’t want to put anyone in a position where they feel like I’m only theirs, only to be hurt in the end. Right now in my life, I don’t want to be held down by anything. I already have a lot that I have to commit to. A lot of responsibilities. I don’t want to feel like the girl I love is an added responsibility. I know that in the past I’ve hurt people and said things that I didn’t mean to make them happy in the moment. So now I’m just more so looking at the future, making sure I’m not damaging them. What if Hailey ends up being the girl I’m gonna marry, right? If I rush into anything, if I damage her, then it’s always gonna be damaged. It’s really hard to fix wounds like that. It’s so hard.… I just don’t want to hurt her.