Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are opening up about their whirlwind romance as they grace the cover of Vogue‘s March 2019 issue.
The celebrity couple took part in their first photoshoot since tying the knot last September. They spoke to the publication about the secrets to their relationship, one of which was abstinence until their wedding day.
Bieber says that in 2017 he went celibate after developing “a legitimate problem with sex” and he was more than a year into his self-imposed celibacy when he reconnected with his longtime friend Baldwin.
“[God] doesn’t ask us not to have sex for him because he wants rules and stuff,” the “Sorry” hitmaker explains. “He’s like, ‘I’m trying to protect you from hurt and pain.’ I think sex can cause a lot of pain.”
The pair remained celibate while dating and chose to “save themselves” until their wedding day, something which Bieber believes God rewarded him for.
“Sometimes people have sex because they don’t feel good enough. Because they lack self-worth. Women do that, and guys do that. I wanted to rededicate myself to God in that way because I really felt it was better for the condition of my soul. And I believe that God blessed me with Hailey as a result.”
While Bieber confessed that the desire to have sex was partly the reason for getting hitched after just 12 weeks of romance, it wasn’t the only reason he wanted to make the model and TV personality his wife.
“When I saw her last June, I just forgot how much I loved her and how much I missed her and how much of a positive impact she made on my life,” he says. “I was like, ‘Holy cow, this is what I’ve been looking for.'”
Bieber and Baldwin first met in 2009 and dated for a short while in 2016 but things didn’t end well, causing a tension in the relationship that the couple is still working through today despite rekindling their romance in 2018.
“Negative things happened that we still need to talk about and work through,” Baldwin reveals. “‘Fizzled’ would not be the right word — it was more like a very dramatic excommunication. There was a period where if I walked into a room, he would walk out.”
The famous couple say they’re happy and learning to put past drama behind them while also planning a proper wedding ceremony but Baldwin did admit that marriage is “really effing hard.”
“We’re coming from a really genuine place. But we’re two young people who are learning as we go. I’m not going to sit here and lie and say it’s all a magical fantasy. It’s always going to be hard. It’s a choice.
“You don’t feel it every single day. You don’t wake up every day saying, ‘I’m absolutely so in love and you are perfect.’ That’s not what being married is. But there’s something beautiful about it anyway — about wanting to fight for something, commit to building with someone.”
She concludes: “At the end of the day, too, he’s my best friend. I never get sick of him.”
You can read the full interview at Vogue.com.