Now that summer’s here, love is definitely in the air — and some of the most notorious pop stars can’t keep their smooching away from the cameras. Recently, Justin Bieber was caught enthusiastically kissing model Hailey Baldwin, TMZ reports. And now we’re all collectively wondering what’s really going on with these two.
As TMZ notes, Bieber and his lady-friend, Baldwin, were caught in New York City by East River on June 16. They were sitting on a bench when the ultra-sensual lip lock happened — and it seemed to go on for awfully long time to just be considered a peck. The two then reportedly left their first location to move on to lower Manhattan, where they were caught kissing in Rockefeller Park. And considering how public both of these venues are, we’re thinking Bieber certainly must not mind that the entire world could (and did) catch him in the act.
This isn’t the first time Bieber’s been involved with Baldwin, either. An insider told People, “He has known Hailey for years — she is very involved in Justin’s church. He likes hanging out with her. She is a wonderful person.” And Us Weekly reminds us the two dated on and off from 2015 to 2016. Regarding their past fling, Baldwin told U.K newspaper The Times that their close friendship “turned into something else, but that’s what happens when you’re 18, 19. It was what it was.” And after their split, Baldwin noted that there was “a lot of weirdness,” People reports.
It seems that “weirdness” didn’t last forever, though. Rumors of a reconciliation between the couple began when they were spotted flirting and holding hands on a Miami getaway. In Florida, Bieber and Baldwin reportedly were spotted attending a church conference together. They then went to LIV nightclub, where a source who saw them told Us Weekly that they were “being very flirty” the whole night.
So, whatever happened to Bieber’s love for Selena Gomez? Us Weekly reports back in December 2017, Gomez and Bieber were dating once again when Bieber reached out to Baldwin via text. As one source told the publication, “Justin reached out to Hailey. They didn’t talk on the phone and it wasn’t in person, just an exchange of texts.”
The source also added that Baldwin was dating singer Shawn Mendes at the time and that there is “nothing going on between her and Justin. She’s not interested in Justin in the slightest and he’s not interested in her.” More recently, Mendes and Baldwin were seen together when they attended the 2018 Met Gala together — but Mendes insisted the two are just friends now.
As for what Gomez thinks about her ultra-famous ex-boyfriend kissing another girl, it seems she’s doing just fine. As one insider told Us Weekly in May, “Selena started seeing the picture when it came to their relationship, like what was more important: her general happiness and her family and friends’ approval, or being together with Justin, where no one really supported their relationship.” The insider adds that Gomez is “more empowered than ever and is looking forward to this next chapter.” And it seems this chapter is sans Justin.
To further prove how great Gomez is doing, she shared photos of her galavanting around Italy with her former Wizards of Waverly Place co-star, David Henrie, Elle reports.
As for the Biebs and Baldwin, what can we expect? Baldwin’s said in the past that “we just work much better as friends,” but recent events show she’s definitely changed her tune. She’s even featured in one of Bieber’s recent Instagram photos posted on June 17. It may just be her figure from the neck down — but we know Baldwin when we see her.
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