Hailey Bieber “Wanted to Hide” at the Beginning of Her Marriage to Justin Bieber

Marriage can be hard—especially when you’re married to one of the most famous celebrities in the world.

For ELLE‘s April 2021 cover story, Hailey Bieber opened up about some of the challenges she faced at the start of her union with Justin Bieber.

Of their September 2018 courthouse wedding, which preceded a bigger wedding bash one year later, Hailey reminisced that, at that point, Justin was “at a stage of his life where he could make decisions like, ‘I’m done with girls, and I’m done with fooling around, and I’m done with partying.'” She added that their friendship helped ground their romance. “We were friends first for a really long time before there was anything romantic. But we always knew that we were aligned on what we wanted in our future,” she said. “We had talked about wanting to be married young and having a family young and building a life. Even before we knew we wanted to be with each other.”

She also addressed the skepticism around how young they both were when they tied the knot. “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,” Hailey said. “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.”

Still, the beginning of their marriage wasn’t without its difficulties. “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 ass,'” she told ELLE. “I was like, ‘Can there be no anonymity? Can I have any of it back?'”

About a year ago, the cyberbullying intensified to the point where she decided to indefinitely turn off public comments on Instagram, she revealed. “I remember someone telling me that [turning off the public comments] really lowers your engagement. And I was like, ‘I could give a fuck about engagement! People are terrorizing me. Engagement, enschagement. I don’t care!’”

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