Justin Bieber has been in the public eye for a decade now, and it’s been nothing if not a roller coaster. He’s one of the world’s biggest stars, but he’s also made some questionable decisions and pissed a lot of people off. While he once came across as an arrogant asshole with little regard for rules, he’s spent the last couple of years trying to get his sh*t together. He’s been open about his struggles, and his Instagram post from Monday night gives new perspective to everything he’s gone through.
Justin Bieber is no stranger to lengthy text posts on social media. Two years ago, he canceled the end of his Purpose World Tour with a message about his battle with depression and exhaustion, and earlier this year he responded to questions about his next album by saying that he was “focused on repairing some deep rooted issues.” Justin stays private most of the time, but he’s repeatedly turned to Instagram to get things off his chest (like all of us). His latest post is probably his biggest personal update yet.
So first of all, I feel like this is one of the few times when splitting up a Notes app post into multiple slides would have been warranted. Thank god Instagram lets you zoom in, or else this would actually be impossible to read. It’s a lot of text to get through, but Justin Bieber’s message here is actually…kind of great? I won’t go line by line because I have other responsibilities that I need to get to, but let’s go through some of the most important parts.
He begins the message by writing about the endless cycle of depression—something that lots of people can understand. He speaks about “feeling disappointment after disappointment” and being unable to change his mindset, despite having money and lots of accomplishments under his belt. Justin ties this back to the “insane pressure and responsibility” that comes with being a child star.
Throughout the statement, Justin seems to have more self-awareness than he’s shown in the past. He acknowledges that constantly hearing how great he was as a teenager messed up his mindset about life. He says, “Everyone did everything for me so I never even learned the fundamentals of responsibility.” Considering that I’m not rich or famous, and I still call my mom every time I need to do any real adult task, I can totally sympathize with Justin.
In addition to his own issues, he speaks about the mental process of performing. Being on stage is apparently one of the biggest dopamine rushes you can get, which often leads to performers being depressed when they’re not in front of a crowd. Obviously, this is tough for anyone to navigate, but especially for someone so young, it’s hard to imagine not being messed up after years of touring.
For the first time, he really opens up about the period of time when he started rebelling against his perfect child star image. He owns up to his use of “pretty heavy drugs,” and his behavior that was “resentful and disrespectful to women.” No one is perfect, and this admission is better late than never. Justin has spoken in the past about how much marriage has changed his life, and he reiterates that message here. He calls marriage “the best season of my life,” and calls it “an amazing crazy new responsibility.” As opposed to before, when he didn’t do anything for himself, it sounds like now he’s dedicated to putting in the work to be who he wants to be.
The fact that Justin Bieber is finally in a place where he can open up about the rocky journey of his life seems like a promising sign for the future. Whether that means he’ll make new music or try to leave public life behind, he’s obviously done a lot of work to get to this point. Selfishly, I hope he announces a new album any minute now, but I understand if that’s not what’s best for him right now. Overall, it seems like he’s going to be okay, and that’s what matters.
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The second I heard about Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin’s engagement, I needed a Selena Gomez update. Like, there was a lot to talk about with Hailey and Justin, but I’m still very invested in the world of #Jelena, and I can’t just shut down that part of my brain. Is Selena okay? Are her kidneys okay? I’m sure she’s okay, but is she like, okay? You know what I mean. Despite being the most-followed person on Instagram, Selena Gomez isn’t big on sharing on social media, so I assumed we wouldn’t really hear anything from her one way or the other.
Well, Selena has officially broken her Instagram silence, sort of, and it’s the least exciting thing that could have possibly happened. Rather than a shady thirst trap, or a clever joke, or a cryptic caption, it’s a fucking sponsored post with Puma. *yaaaaawn*. SELENA, WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU. Just once, I was hoping she would let her perfect image crack and show us what she was feeling, but instead she went for a tastefully edited shot in a sports bra and matching leggings.
The actual Instagram post was boring AF, but that didn’t stop our friends at Cosmopolitan from twisting it into something that it just isn’t. Their headline about the post really sets up for something exciting: ”
Selena Gomez Just Posted Her First Instagram Since Justin Bieber’s Engagement and DAMN
Wow! This photo must really be mind-blowing with a title like that! They didn’t stop there. Here’s what they had to say about Selena’s post:
“It’s a paid ad for her Puma campaign, so she probably planned on posting this before the Justin and Hailey news broke, but still, she looks INCREDIBLE. She’s like ‘hell yeah I work out, hell yeah I am fit, hell yeah I really don’t care about that damn Biebs guy anymore.’ She doesn’t seem to have a care in the world, especially about her ex-boyfriend being engaged to someone he had only gotten back together with a month ago!”
Hey, uh, Cosmo, can I grab that for you sweetie? Because you’re really reaching here. Okay, so she looks good in the workout clothes, but are we surprised? Did we think she got fat in the four days since the engagement was announced? I can’t with this nonsense.
They try to compare it to Cazzie David’s instantly iconic Instagram from when Pete Davidson got engaged, but it’s honestly a little pathetic. Sorry Cosmo, but “Striking a pose in the new Puma Defy Mid” just can’t compete with “Been in Africa, what’d I miss??” It’s not even close, so stop trying to make this a thing. Also, don’t ask me how many jokes I’ve made in the past month about being in Africa and missing things, because it is embarrassing. I never said I’m perfect.
And, because I believe in equally roasting everyone, ELLE also had an extremely dumb headline about Selena’s Instagram:
Selena Gomez Breaks Her Justin Bieber-Engagement Instagram Silence With a Puma Campaign Thirst ‘Gram
Um, rude? This is 2018, there’s nothing that scandalous about wearing high-waisted leggings and a sports bra. Also, Selena Gomez is reportedly making $30 million for her deal with Puma, so everyone can kindly shut the fuck up.
In terms of Selena’s Instagram, there’s a 99% chance that someone else scheduled that Puma post for her, so she probably hasn’t even opened the app in the past week. She only follows 36 people, so it’s not like her timeline is that fun to scroll through. She’s probably having a fabulous vacation somewhere, ignoring emails and giving her mind and her kidneys all the rest and relaxation that they deserve. Leave Selena Gomez alone!
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Well, my fellow betches, I was wrong. About many things, but I’m here today to talk about Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin. Last week, I said I didn’t think their relationship was too serious, and that they’d be broken up by Labor Day. I thought these two were just down to fuck around and get matching haircuts, but I never really thought they were in it for the long haul. But fast forward five days, and Justin and Hailey are F U C K I N G ENGAGED. Now, I’ve had a few hours to process this news, so let me try to unpack my thoughts.
First of all, why the fuck is everyone getting engaged so fast? Is the world running out of diamonds? Is there a summer sale happening at David’s Bridal? Whatever the reason, this is one celebrity trend that I cannot get behind. I was already confused when Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande got engaged after like 2.5 minutes of dating, but now Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra are “pre-engaged” (what), and Hailey and Justin are taking the plunge too. Wait, I just realized—are we sure this isn’t a green card marriage? With all the immigration shit going down right now, maybe Justin’s real goal was just to lock down a US citizen. (But has he BEEN to America lately? Maybe it’s actually Hailey who’s trying to get that Canadian citizenship. That would make more sense.)
— Jeremy Bieber (@JeremyBieber) July 8, 2018
I also can’t help but think of Selena Gomez during this emotional time. Where is she? What is she doing? Is all this stress okay for her kidneys? Honestly, I always just assumed that she and Justin would get back together again, so the idea that it might really be over forever is a tough pill to swallow. Just a few months ago, it seemed like they were happy together again, but so much has changed so quickly. Normally I don’t really care about Selena, but I’m really rooting for her, so I hope that she starts dating the hottest man on the planet very soon. She deserves it, honestly.
But really, wtf is going on with this relationship?? It’s been just a few weeks since Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin started hanging out publicly, and they’ve been together basically ever since. It’s great that they’ve been enjoying each other’s company so much, but I’m just so puzzled by the need to get engaged. Hailey is just 21 years old, and I just refuse to believe someone born in 1996 is ready to get married. Like, 1996 basically just happened. There must have been a really inspirational sermon at Hillsong Church this week, because clearly they felt like it was time to make a major life decision with pretty much no advance planning. Like, I’ll decide to get drunk on a Wednesday without thinking about the consequences, but that’s a lot different than literally agreeing to spend the rest of my life with someone.
So yeah, I still have a lot of feelings about this, and I’m sure we’ll be talking more about Hailey and Justin in the weeks, months, and years (help) to come. Who knows, they could still be broken up by Labor Day, but that would be a pretty spectacular fail on their part. I guess for now I’ll just go back to trying to get guys to respond to my texts, and maybe a month from now I’ll be engaged too. If it can happen to Hailey Baldwin, surely it can happen to me?
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It’s summer in New York City, which means the trains are messed up, everyone is sweaty, and celebrities are ready to go buck wild with their PDA. Case in point: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin. Justin and Hailey, who famously dated for like 10 minutes in 2016, were spotted making out all over NYC over the weekend, all but confirming recent rumors that they’re back together. Am I surprised? No, not really. Am I intrigued? Abso-fucking-lutely. I’ve been wondering about what Justin has up his sleeve since his latest split with Selena, and this move makes a lot of sense.
This weekend, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin were seen making out in two different New York City parks. Yeah, you read that right, TWO parks. Not like these crazy kids could afford a hotel room or a penthouse apartment or anything. To be honest, my public making out days ended somewhere around 2015, so I’m pretty unimpressed. Justin and Hailey experienced the best of both Brooklyn and Manhattan, starting with a broad-daylight makeout sesh in Domino Park, and canoodling after dark in Rockefeller Park, in Battery Park City. Solid park choices, love the landscaping, 10/10. Justin even posted an Instagram, and though you can’t see Hailey’s face, this is the dress/shoe combo she was wearing that day.
We can talk more about Justin in a minute, but I’m also interested in Hailey’s relationship situation. Just last month, Hailey showed up to the Met Gala with Shawn Mendes, and everyone naturally assumed they were dating. Shawn is also a Canadian musician who makes bops but isn’t afraid to show his sensitive side, aka Justin Bieber but without the erratic behavior. Honestly, Hailey probably should’ve picked Shawn. They claim they were just friends the whole time, but whatever. When Shawn was asked about Justin and Hailey, he said “I think that’s awesome,” so clearly he’s not savage enough to hang out with us. (But we’ll still cry to his music in secrecy.)
Before their erotic parks tour of New York City, Justin and Hailey were also seen partying together in Miami last weekend, so it seems like they’re fully into each other right now. As we predicted, it looks like complete rando Baskin Champion was quickly kicked to the curb. Sorry, Basket, but you’ll always have some paparazzi photos to cherish. It also appears that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are no closer to being back together. It’s been a few months since there was any evidence of them together, which is honestly a few months too long. While Justin was busy exploring nature with Hailey, Selena was actually in Italy with her older brother from Wizards of Waverly Place, David Henrie. And no, they’re not dating, he’s married. Selena kind of always seems sad, so at least she’s enjoying herself now.
So like, on a scale of 1-10, how real do we think Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are as a couple? Right now I’m going for a soft 5, but it’s really too soon to know anything for sure. Last time they were together, she was just 19 and he was a certified mess, so it could be very different this time. But you never know, Justin could be back with Selena by the time you’re done reading this article. For now, it seems like Hailey and Justin are having fun, and that’s really all that matters (but #Jelena forever, just so we’re clear).
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