Justin Bieber's hasty Hailey Baldwin marriage signals looming 'crisis,' friends worry


  • Justin Bieber arrives at the Costume Institute Gala Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 5, 2015 in New York. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Hailey Baldwin is seen arriving at The Standard High Line on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

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  • Recording artist Justin Bieber performs onstage during the Think It Up education initiative telecast for teachers and students, hosted by Entertainment Industry Foundation at Barker Hangar on September 11, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images For EIF)

  • (L-R) President, Marketing, Publishing Director at Hearst Magazine Michael Clinton, model Hailey Baldwin, and Editor in Chief of Harper?s Bazaar Glenda Bailey attend Hearst MagFront 2016 at Hearst Tower on October 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Hearst)

  • Canadian singer Justin Bieber poses with his trophies in the photo room of the 2015 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) at Mediolanum Forum on October 25, 2015 in Milan. (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • (L-R) Hailey Baldwin, Romee Strijd and Jasmine Tookes toast to #REVOLVEintheHamptons with Moet & Chandon on July 4, 2017 in Bridgehampton, New York. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)

  • Justin Bieber performs on NBC's "Today" at NBC's TODAY Show on November 18, 2015 in New York. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)

  • Model Hailey Baldwin is seen backstage at TommyLand Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2017 Fashion Show on February 8, 2017 in Venice, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger)

  • Singer Justin Bieber performs onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Models Sara Sampaio and Hailey Baldwin prepare backstage at the Zadig & Voltaire September 2017 fashion show during the New York Fashion Week at Cedar Lake on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

  • Justin Bieber and Joan Jett attend the Yves Saint Laurent men's fall line and the first part of its women's collection fashion show at the Paladium, in Hollywood, California, February 10, 2016. (FREDERIC J BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Hailey Baldwin is seen backstage ahead of the Alberta Ferretti show during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018on September 20, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

  • Justin Bieber performs on stage during opening night of the 'Purpose World Tour' at KeyArena on March 9, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)

  • Host Hailey Baldwin at TBS' Drop the Mic and The Joker's Wild Premiere Party at Dream Hotel on October 11, 2017 in Hollywood, California. Shoot ID 26854_010 (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for TBS)

  • Recording artist Justin Bieber accepts the award for 'Best Male Artist,' onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum on April 3, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for iHeartRadio / Turner)

  • Justine Skye and Hailey Baldwin attend "Spotify's Best New Artist Party" at Skylight Clarkson on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Spotify)

  • Recording artist Justin Bieber performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • Hailey Baldwin attends the Tom Ford Women's Fall/Winter 2018 fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Park Avenue Armory on February 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

  • Justin Bieber drinks champagne at the podium during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 29, 2016 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

  • Kirill Bichutsky and Hailey Baldwin speak onstage at the screening of "The American Meme" during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

  • Singer Justin Bieber performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 presented by Capital One at Staples Center on December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

  • Justin Bieber performs poolside at Fontainebleau Miami Beachs New Years Eve Celebration at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on December 31, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Fontainebleau Miami Beach)

  • Hailey Baldwin attends the Tiffany & Co. Paper Flowers event and Believe In Dreams campaign launch on May 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Tiffany & Co.)

  • Recording artist Shawn Mendes and model Hailey Baldwin attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Huffington Post)

  • Musician Justin Bieber reacts with former NHL player Borje Salming during the 2017 NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout as part of the 2017 NHL All-Star Weekend at STAPLES Center on January 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Winnie Harlow, Hailey Baldwin and Bella Hadid attend a Dior dinner during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at JW Marriott on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • Musician Justin Bieber speaks to Wesley Bryan, Bubba Watson and Kevin Na of the United States during a practice round prior to the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club on August 8, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

  • Model Hailey Baldwin attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for dcp)

  • Canadian singer and songwriter Justin Bieber sits on the bench during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game Celebrity Game at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

  • Hailey Baldwin (L) and Justine Skye attend the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for dcp)

  • Patrick Schwarzenegger (L) and Justin Bieber attend Global Road Entertainment's world premiere of "Midnight Sun" at ArcLight Hollywood on March 15, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Hailey Baldwin attends the 2018 Whitney Gala Sponsored By Audi on May 22, 2018 at Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Whitney Museum of American Art)

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When Justin Bieber announced his engagement to Hailey Baldwin in July, the once troubled pop star-turned fervent Christian gushed on Instagram about how he had finally found true happiness and “favor from the Lord.”

Not only was 24-year-old Bieber marrying “the love of my life,” he proclaimed that he was on track to living the plan God had laid out for him.

To Bieber, God had intervened to bring him and the 21-year-old model together again after they first met as young teenagers in 2009 and previously dated in 2016. During their time away from each other, they hooked up with other people — in Bieber’s case, with Selena Gomez, with whom he had a tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship between 2011 and this past year.

“God’s timing really is literally perfect,” Bieber declared in his post about finding his way back to Baldwin. He said he believed that he and the leggy, blonde model were following God’s will. He quoted scripture in saying that people should marry to benefit the individual and society.

“He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!,” Bieber wrote. “This is the year of favor!!!!”

But so far, “the year of favor” hopes may not be working out.

That’s in part because Bieber reportedly went ahead and married Baldwin in a secret, ceremony on Sept. 13 at the New York City Marriage Bureau. To friends, Bieber’s whirlwind engagement and marriage isn’t a sign of emotional health and stability but evidence that he may be spiraling back out of control, according to Page Six.

“I think he has an ongoing identity crisis,” a source told Page Six.

Following Bieber’s apparent marriage to Baldwin, friends also have worried about his other recent erratic behavior, according to Page Six and other outlets. There have been his emotional crying jags in public, his busking outside Buckingham Palace in London a week after the reported marriage, and his recent jittery and shaking appearance in a video while meeting fans in Michigan. Bieber’s team was caught off guard by his decision to rush into marrying Baldwin without signing a prenuptial agreement, Page Six added. Bieber is worth an estimated $265 million.

Bieber has looked especially distraught since hearing news last week that Gomez had suffered an emotional breakdown and health crisis — related to her kidney transplant and ongoing struggles with depression — and was undergoing treatment at an undisclosed East Coast facility, according to Us Weekly.

Three times over the past week, Bieber has been photographed looking disheveled and emotional.

People magazine reported Monday that Bieber still loves Gomez, even though he is married to someone else. “He is not over Selena,” a Miami music source told the publication.

“This was his first great love and while he was young and traveling around the world as a superstar, he learned a great deal from her,” the source added.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber arrive at the American Music Awards in 2011. VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images) 

But other outlets say that Bieber isn’t just feeling pressures from his new marriage, but from his decision to put off releasing new music and from the never-ending attention of being a celebrity.

“He has so much going for him but he doesn’t feel whole,” one insider told Us Weekly. The celebrity photography agency X17online, recording Bieber and Baldwin leaving a lunch date Friday, reported “the pop star seems headed in the same direction” as Gomez.

Bieber’s recent behavior also has prompted friends to wonder if he has replaced his past embrace of a hard-partying lifestyle — which reportedly included serious drug use as well as known acts vandalism, a brothel visit and a 2014 DUI arrest — with a new addiction to God and religion, Page Six added.

One friend, New York City-based tattoo artist JonBoy, told Page Six that Bieber’s turn to religion has been a good thing. “He’s come a long way,” said JonBoy, who recently inked the singer and Baldwin. “It’s amazing how much he’s changed and how much God has done.”

But another friend sees Bieber’s turn to religion as over the top — and not necessarily in a healthy way. “He found restitution through his religion and his faith and that’s where he became super addicted to churches,” the friend told Page Six. “He’s super into church [and] Bible study and that’s Hailey’s thing as well.”

Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber (Justin Bieber/Instagram) 

It’s possible that Baldwin capitalized on their shared interest in religion to reel Bieber back in and to get him to propose. The two officially became an item in 2016, but then called it quits after about seven months. Bieber and Gomez, meanwhile, rekindled their relationship in the fall of 2017 but ended things in March.

But Page Six reported that Baldwin never was ready to give up on Bieber, even as he was trying to get back together with Gomez.

“(Baldwin) was super obsessed with him,” a friend of Baldwin’s told Page Six. “Justin was trying to get back with Selena and (Baldwin)  couldn’t get over that. She wouldn’t talk to other guys, wouldn’t date other guys. Wouldn’t give other guys the time of day.”

“She wanted to (put) it super out there how religious she was, I think, just so it would hook (Bieber),” the friend added to Page Six.

In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Baldwin sounded very satisfied with where her life is at right now.

Her modeling career has skyrocketed over the past year with coveted runway gigs for top fashion houses. She also was named the new global brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger in the spring. Then there is her romance and possible marriage to Bieber.

She wouldn’t say too much about her new “husband” in her interview, other than, “He is incredible. He crushes everything. Every song, every feature. It’s crazy to see what he does. I’m always blown away.”

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