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Even if you aren’t already familiar with Hailey Baldwin from her work as a model for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Guess, and Ralph Lauren, then you’ve still definitely heard of her husband: Justin Bieber. The 24-year-old ballet-dancer-turned-model and host of the TBS show Drop The Mic has had a much higher profile since she wed Bieber back in 2018, but in a lot of ways, she was always destined to some form of fame.

As we all know, more fame means that any dirt about you usually comes to the surface. So where did Hailey Bieber come from and could there be any truth to these rumors that she is hiding some bullying tendencies from her past?

Hailey Baldwin’s privileged background

Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber
Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Before she was married to Justin Bieber, she was Hailey Baldwin. A lot of people familiar with her famous last name would immediately recognize she hails from an A-list Hollywood family.

Alec Baldwin is Hailey’s uncle. Her dad is his brother, Stephen Baldwin, who appeared in a few different movies himself like The Usual Suspects (1995) and Bio-Dome (1996). With her proximity to the industry, Hailey Bieber always had a solid shot at becoming a star.

But did she let her elite family name go to her head and turn her into, well, kind of a jerk?

Hailey Bieber’s been called out for being “not nice” in the past

While she may seem like a Hollywood darling, there have been a few rumors swirling around that Hailey Bieber is kind of mean. 

Julia Carolan, a former hostess at a high-end restaurant in Manhattan famously posted a Tik Tok in which she rated the different celebrities she’s met at work based on how nice they were to her or not. A lot of people think you can tell a person’s character from the way they treat restaurant staff, so Carolan’s Tik Tok was full of juicy morsels.

For instance, she said that both Gigi and Bella Hadid are super friendly and polite people who treat the staff really well, while Kylie Jenner was absolutely awful and only tipped $20 on a $500 bill.

And how about when it came to the celebrity she jokingly called “Mrs. Bieber”? 3.5/10 stars, said Carolan. She added that she “really wanted to like her” but that she “met her a handful of times and every time she was not nice.”

Recent accusation says that Hailey Bieber was a bully


Im sure she’s a nice person now? Right? #bulletproof

♬ Bulletproof – La Roux

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To her credit, Bieber did try to apologize for her behavior after Carolan’s post went viral, but it still left some wondering: Is Hailey Bieber a mean girl?

Most recently, Tik Tok user @kimonaelizabeth posted that Hailey Bieber had been her bully in middle school. She had to defend herself against rude comments suggesting she was lying but it seemed like Elizabeth was pretty serious when she defended herself in a later video.

Some would say that we all make mistakes in middle school, but it certainly doesn’t look good for Bieber’s reputation if a woman of color from her past is calling her out for extreme bullying behavior.

With Carolan’s post, Bieber herself dropped into the comment section to apologize as soon as she saw the video, saying that she never meant to give “bad vibes or a bad attitude.” As of now, Bieber hasn’t done the same on Kimona Elizabeth’s accusation, but who knows? Maybe she just hasn’t seen it yet. 

Either way, the rumors are out, so it might be time that Bieber did a little damage control, at least if she wants to keep getting the good table at a fancy Manhattan restaurant any time soon!