On Sunday, just weeks after Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson announced their engagement, then just weeks into being a couple in the public eye, news broke that Justin Bieber and his former ex Hailey Baldwin, whom he recently can’t seem to stop publicly canoodling with, had reportedly followed suit, after Bieber proposed to Baldwin on a getaway in the Bahamas. (There’s been no official confirmation yet, but given the Instagram that Bieber’s father posted on Sunday, we’re going to go ahead and assume that Baldwin and Bieber are indeed engaged.)
An early-twenties engagement, though, isn’t all that Grande and Bieber have in common. As any Belieber or Arianator would know, they also happen to share the same manager, Scooter Braun, prompting one of them to tweet “the devil works hard but Scooter Braun works harder,” which then prompted Grande to respond. In a retweet of the comment that’s since been deleted, she wrote: “….. you do realize we are human beings who love and have lives …… right …. ? and that scooter is a wonderful human being too who care first n foremost ab our health and happiness ?” Adding her signature cloud emoji, she concluded: “love is lit. shit happens. i hope to god it happens to you too. u deserve it.”
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Grande decided not to delete her response to another fan’s tweet clarifying that the comment was “just a stan twitter joke” and that “we stan and love scooter,” replying with a monkey-covering-its-eyes emoji and continuing to stick up for Braun, asserting that he "always puts his artists’ health and happiness first." If so, it seems like he'd stand by Bieber's relationship—and perhaps engagement—with Baldwin, given that he's even recently, for example, shaved off his mustache at his former flame's request.
There’s also the fact that, as has been unearthed by those still processing the news, Bieber once brought up the very possibility of eventually marrying Baldwin in a GQ cover story from 2016—which, by the way, was emblazoned with the all-caps coverline “Let us forgive Justin Bieber.” (A quick recap of that point in his life: He'd been living in a hotel for almost two years, and was a year deep into a public-apology tour for past actions ranging from abandoning his pet monkey OG Mally in Germany to drunk driving to mooning his friends in the middle of a centuries-old site of Mexican ruins.) In addition to discussing his relationship with God, he also got into his relationship with Baldwin, who happened to be in his hotel room at the same time as *GQ'*s reporter, Caity Weaver.
At first, Bieber agreed with Weaver that Baldwin was "just a friend he kisses," but then added that she's also "someone I really love. We spend a lot of time together." He also made it clear that at that stage in his life, he didn't "want to be held down by anything" or feel like the girl he loves "is an added responsibility"—hence why he was "more so looking at the future, making sure I'm not damaging them." By "them," he in fact seemed to mean Baldwin specifically: "What if Hailey ends up being the girl I’m gonna marry, right? If I rush into anything, if I damage her, then it’s always gonna be damaged. It’s really hard to fix wounds like that. It’s so hard.… I just don’t want to hurt her."
Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin in Brooklyn, July 2018. out and about in Dumbo on July 5, 2018. Photo by Gotham/Getty Images.
Baldwin, it turned out, knew those comments were coming; she told E! News so shortly after, adding that she thought they were "awesome" and confirming that she and Bieber were not an “exclusive couple." Fast forward to today, and according to Us Weekly's anonymous "source close to the model," she's "obsessed with Justin and always has been."
Still, there's been no word from Baldwin or Bieber themselves—not to mention Braun—as of yet. There has, on the other hand, been an influx of fans raising the topic in the comments sections of Braun's Instagrams, which, at this very moment, are being continuously flooded with frantic queries along the lines of "Is justin engaged!!!!????"
Related: A Quick Timeline of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's Relationship
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton
We should have known this year of unexpected commitment was coming after 2017 ended with Gwen Stefani telling Giada De Laurentiis that she and Blake Shelton—who became both People’s Sexiest Man Alive and her soulmate seemingly overnight—don’t actually talk to each other much. Instead, they prefer to “just sing like a musical, and everything we sing is like ‘I love you.’ It’s pretty much the whole time like how great we are.” That’s pretty much all they’ve been telling the media over the past year, too—even though they’ve been dating since late 2015. If they’re suddenly genuinely as lovestruck as they seem to be, then best wishes. We just can’t help but shake the idea that something must be off, though, since neither of them has ever once showed a single sign of reluctance when it comes to fawning over the other. Or exhaustion. Or, in fact, anything less than ecstatic enthusiasm. Which is in itself exhausting.
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