Rumors have been circulating recently about whether or not model Hailey Baldwin and pop superstar Justin Bieber are dating. The two have been spending a lot of time together lately as evidenced by their photos on their respective Instagram pages, but Hailey claims that the two are just friends. E! News interviewed Baldwin at the red carpet during the Exodus premiere. The 18-year-old model was quick to dismiss the rumors, saying, “I’ve known him since I was so young—since I was like 13—and we’ve just been good friends over the years. We have just stayed close and there’s nothing more to it than that.”
One of the photos adding fuel to the rumors is a shot of the two in a recording studio locked in a passionate embrace. The two have also been seen in public together a bunch of times. Recently, they’ve been seen sitting courtside for an LA Clippers game, shopping at Target, and playing in an arcade.
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A source tells The Daily Mirror that Bieber is spoiling Baldwin. The insider said, “Hailey’s birthday was on November 22 so when she got to New York, Justin made sure to spoil her and treat her like a princess.” Another insider claims that while Justin seems to be intent on making a move on Hailey, she is being cautious. “Justin usually gets what he wants and he’s trying to seal the deal with Hailey. But she’s being a bit cautious. Hailey doesn’t want to just be another girl on Justin’s list. Right now, she’s treating this relationship as a friendship,” the insider said.
Baldwin has been making a name for herself in the modeling world, recently appearing in V Magazine and in the Topshop Unique Show at London Fashion Week. Her dad, Stephen Baldwin, couldn’t be more proud of her accomplishments. “The cool thing is Hailey has mostly generated all of her own momentum,” he told E! News.