Hours before I interview Hailey Bieber, she is pictured at a hair salon in Beverly Hills, ‘looking leggy in her biker shorts under an oversized plaid blazer, which she paired with a black mask’ ‘, according to a tabloid, in a forensic obsession with his movements and his appearance that seems to be shared by media around the world.
The accompanying footage showed Bieber’s new lush wavy shaded locks, which apparently took four hours. The 24 year old IMG model’s hair play is strong. So I’m surprised when she compliments my own slim barnet. “You really have dope hair,” she said, zooming me in from LA.
It’s a blatant lie, but I thank her anyway. Like a pervert, I then ask her what she’s wearing because that’s what you do when interviewing a female celebrity. “I’m wearing a little cropped sweater and pants,” she says. “I am very comfortable.
“Cozy” isn’t what Hailey Bieber has been feeling lately. She’s having trouble with trolls. This is what happens when you marry a pop star loved by millions of fans: they get the arsey because they feel you took him away from them. Whether Justin Bieber, a global pop phenomenon with 156 million Instagram followers and a net worth of £ 210million, was ever likely to marry Mingbot from Milwaukee is irrelevant. They will always express their jealousy and resentment on social media. Whatever power you have in RL – and Bieber, with her modeling career, her beauty recommendations, her social media following, her famous husband, her famous family (her father is actor Stephen Baldwin ; Alec Baldwin is his uncle) and his famous friends (the Jenner sisters, the Hadids) have a lot – we are all helpless in the face of trolls.
“I think it’s about not feeding them,” Bieber says. “ A big part of what social media is is people projecting their own insecurities onto you. And people are lying. They make up all these crazy, weird lies that can be really disturbing for your own sanity.
That the topic is playing on her mind can be forgiven: Before our conversation, a Selena Gomez fan posted a video urging people to sabotage her Instagram Live with questions about Gomez (‘we have to f *** ing bomb this shit. .. let’s all go get her ‘), who dated Justin Bieber from time to time for seven years. This prompted him to post a statement on Instagram. “I just wanted to share this so people get a feel for what we are up against on a day-to-day basis,” he wrote.
The bullying is so severe that Bieber sought professional support. “ I had to work a lot with a therapist because it got to a point where they [the bullies] got too crazy for me, and I was really anxious the whole time. What bothers me the most is that a lot of people online really want me to be a bad person. They expect me to be mean and they call me a bitch.
“You’ve never even met me in person, you don’t know me. I am open to the fact that I am still growing as a person. I wish people were more open to letting people learn, grow, make mistakes and move on. But we live in this culture of cancellation where people constantly say, “You did that, so you got canceled.” It’s a very, very toxic mentality.
During the pandemic, as others were learning to bake bread, she learned to ‘protect my energy a little bit better’ and said 2020 was ‘a big year of growth for me’. The early lockdown was passed in Los Angeles, where she enjoyed reconnecting with her husband and their families. “I feel blessed and fortunate to have found moments of joy and happiness; to have more gratitude for the things in life that I took for granted before.
She and Justin celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary last year – as Christians I ask what their faith means to them. “It’s all about our relationship and the way we live our lives. I think it’s really important to be connected to something bigger than us. I suggest that those who live more ungodly lives may be more tempted to look for false gods in the wrong places. “A lot of people do that to celebrities,” Bieber admits. “ They place these weird, false, high expectations on people who are in the public eye. So I find ways to protect myself from it.
Such as? “I had to give up the idea that I owe no one. I’ve gotten to the point where I just can’t clear all the records because there is so much that is not true. There is something new every day, so I just learned to ignore it. You have to build a wall between yourself and this false reality that is social media, and live with what’s in front of you, which is work, your friends and family.
Partner of bareMinerals, she takes care of her skin with the same attention as her soul. ‘I’m obsessed with gua sha [the traditional Chinese skin-scraping therapy]. It’s amazing for anti-aging. I’m going to sit in front of the TV with a layer of bareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Face & Neck Cream, and I’m just going to gua sha.
She and Justin opened up about their skin problems: She suffered from perioral dermatitis, while battling acne. Does she have any advice for Maskne’s modern affliction? “A layer of Skin-longevity Long Life Herbal Serum under your mask is helpful.
As for her plans for 2021, she is not yet ready to reveal them. “There are a few things I would like to accomplish; personal business that excites me and can’t wait to get started. I want to spend more time with the people I love because that’s what makes me happiest, and I hope 2021 will bring a lot of new things. ”
At least America will have a new president soon, I say. Bieber has been as loud in his support for Joe Biden as his father, Stephen, has been in his support for Donald Trump. ‘Thank God!’ she exclaims of Biden’s victory. “I have really high hopes for the new president. We will see how this new year begins. Hopefully it’s a good one, without any trolls.
Hailey Bieber is bareMinerals Clean Beauty Ambassador