Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber are totally cool, according to a new interview Baldwin did with The Times UK.
The 21-year-old model says she’s looking for love (she’d like to get married and have kids in the next five to 10 years), but that it can be hard in her industry.
“The dating pool is small,” she explained. “It’s rare to find somebody that has the same ideas and morals as me. I have found people like that before, though, which is refreshing.”
At that point, the conversation turned to Justin Bieber, who Baldwin dated briefly in 2015.
“Justin and I were friends for a long time,” she said. “I met him when I was really young and he was one of my best friends. Everybody knows that at a certain point in time that turned into something else, but that just happens when you’re 18, 19. It was what it was. We went through a long period of time when we weren’t friends. We didn’t speak for quite some time and there was a lot of weirdness that went on. We’ve moved past that.”
Although things between them were “weird” for a while, she says they’ve since moved past the drama and rekindled their friendship.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard of a reconnection between the exes, of course. During the Jelena revival of 2017, the pair reportedly entered couples therapy to work through the trust issues that sprang from Bieber’s decision to reconnect with Baldwin and clear the air. Although Bieber reportedly told Selena Gomez that he had called Baldwin as part of “his new ‘open and honest’ approach to life,” she wasn’t thrilled with the contact, as Bieber had been unfaithful to her in the past.
Baldwin says that she and Bieber are on good (and totally platonic) terms these days.
“I’d never been through [a high-profile relationship] like that. But it brought both of us to the realization that we just work much better as friends,” she explained. “He’s somebody I really cherish. Now it’s a very mature situation. It’s good.'”