The untold truth of Hailey Baldwin

Hailey Baldwin is one of fashion industry's rising talents. The model has walked in runway shows for Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, and Moschino, in addition to appearing in all the coveted fashion publications. She's been lauded as a member of the new generation of supermodels and has amassed millions of followers on social media, thanks to her effortless style. That style sense has also landed Baldwin her very own deals with fashion companies such as Public Desire. Oh, and there's one more little thing: 

She's going to become Mrs. Justin Bieber. Baldwin and her on-again-off-again friend with benefits shocked Tinseltown when they suddenly took their relationship to the next level in July 2018. After a whirlwind summer of PDA, Bieber popped the question with a gigantic diamond in the Bahamas.

There's clearly a lot more to this fashionable sweetheart than meets the eye. From her shocking dating history to the initial plans she had for her life, get ready to scope out some fast facts you may not have known about this blossoming model. This is the untold truth of Hailey Baldwin.

Back in the day with Biebs

Baldwin and Bieber got engaged in July 2018, in what came as a serious surprise to die-hard Beliebers. However, these two have reportedly been friends since 2009, after being introduced by Baldwin's father in a seemingly awkward exchange.

What followed after their initial meeting was a slew of ups and downs, breakups and makeups, but upon closer inspection, signs indicate that marriage may have been in the cards for Bieber and Baldwin for a long time. In fact, the singer toyed with the possibility of marrying his gal pal in a 2016 interview with GQ. In an attempt to explain why he didn't want to commit to her at the time, Bieber said, "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 … I'm just more so looking at the future, making sure I'm not damaging them."

Yep, that's right, folks. Fate is real, and the future is now.

Falling into modeling

Baldwin's modeling career is really taking off, but this highly-coveted and fiercely-competitive industry wasn't even on her radar. She just sort of fell into it.

"It's not something I always wanted to do," she told Yahoo Style in November 2014 interview (via the Daily Mail). "It was something that just started happening naturally, which I think is better because then you're in no way forced into it at all." But what would she be doing if she wasn't modeling? 

Baldwin may have pursued a career in ballet. She reportedly spent 12 years training as a ballerina until an injury halted her professional dance dreams, but don't feel bad for her just yet. In 2017, Baldwin told Footwear News that she never would have excelled as a model if it weren't for her ballet training. She even flaunts her dancing skills on social media sometimes.

Necklace-swapping with Drake

Before there was Baldwin and Bieber, there was reportedly Baldwin and Drake. The latter were first spotted being "very affectionate" with each other during the rapper's Memorial Day party in 2016. Things apparently got so serious between the two that the "Hotline Bling" star started rocking the model's "H" necklace

Some sources did, however, attempt to dispel the relationship rumors, insisting Drake and Baldwin were only "dating super casually" and "taking it slow" (via People). Mmmkay, but to onlookers, such comments felt like more of a cover-up than the actual truth.

We'll probably never really know how serious Baldwin and Drake really were because she told E! News in 2016 that she prefers to keep her relationships private. "It really is my personal business," she said. "And I like to think my relationships are not between me the person and the whole entire world. It's hard. I don't think people are really able to understand if they're not in that position."

No to the nipple

The modeling industry has its perks and its pitfalls, and apparently, the latter for Hailey Baldwin is posing nude. Baldwin bared her convictions in a 2016 interview with Yahoo's Be, while discussing her dream job — starring in the annual lingerie-clad Victoria Secret runway show.

"I can't say that for sure I'll ever get it in my life, but I think it's definitely a dream of every model," she said (via People). Baldwin noted that she would only walk in the show under one condition: "I would never pose topless." In fact, Baldwin said she won't even wear clothing that's too revealing because, unlike her bestie Kendall Jenner, "I don't like nipple."

And don't expect Baldwin to negotiate that point. She reinforced her position in a May 2018 interview with The Times: "I have serious morals that are instilled in me because of how I was raised. There are some things that will never leave my structure … It's just who I am," she said. "I would never pose naked. Tits out is not my thing."

Struggles of the spotlight

Hailey Baldwin grew up surrounded by notoriety. Her father is actor Stephen Baldwin, the younger brother of A-list actor Alec Baldwin. Papa Baldwin is probably best known for his movie role in 1995's The Usual Suspects, but he attempted to shield his daughter from the spotlight during her childhood. 

Alas, the dark side of fame found Hailey anyway. "There are people much older than me saying horrible things who have no business paying attention to what [I do]," she told the Evening Standard (via CNN) in 2016. "It's not the best feeling in the world. It comes with the job so you just have to accept it and move on."

Her battles with the backlash are likely why Hailey intends to follow her father's lead when she starts her own family. "When I have kids, they will not grow up around all this," she said. "It's so easy to become spoiled and pretentious and to have the wrong attitude. You have money and access to things the average person doesn't, and you're constantly surrounded by people trying to kiss your a**."

Relationship weirdness

Things might be perfect between Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber at the time of this writing, but they weren't always like that. In fact, these two have endured multiple rifts over the years.

One of their most notable dust ups occurred in 2016, when Bieber was reportedly hooking up with fellow model Sofia Richie. He reportedly unfollowed Baldwin on social media — Gasp! — a move that many speculated was actually Richie's doing. That social media slight supposedly drove a wedge between their Bieber and Baldwin's friendship. (First-world problems, folks.)

Baldwin reflecting on her ups and downs with Bieber in a May 2018 interview with The Times: "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." She continued, "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," she said. Millions of online followers can now emit a collective sigh of relief.