Singer Justin Bieber has confessed to committing to more than a year of self-imposed celibacy before marrying model and television presenter Hailey Baldwin in 2018.
"I really felt it was better for the condition of my soul. And I believe that God blessed me with Hailey as a result. There are perks. You get rewarded for good behavior," he told the magazine.
Bieber admitted that before he reconnected with his soon-to-be wife last summer, he had "a legitimate problem with sex." It was an addiction and a source of suffering, not joy.
He then decided to focus on his spiritual health and dedicate himself to a higher standard.
"[God] doesn’t ask us not to have sex for him because he wants rules and stuff," Justin said. "He’s like, I’m trying to protect you from hurt and pain. I think sex can cause a lot of pain. Sometimes people have sex because they don’t feel good enough. Because they lack self-worth. Women do that, and guys do that."
The CommitmentWhile some people wondered if the Biebers rushed into getting married because they were expecting a baby, the couple said that was not true. Bieber said he was simply 100 percent certain he had found his future wife.
“When I saw her last June, I just forgot how much I loved her and how much I missed her, and how much of a positive impact she made on my life. I was like, Holy cow, this is what I’ve been looking for," he told Vogue.
The couple had also dated a few years back and endured a bad breakup but the strongest part of bringing the couple back together was their faith, Hailey said. In June, they spent some time together at a church conference in Miami.
"The common denominator, I promise you, is always church. By then we were past the drama. I just gave him a hug. By the end of the conference, he was like, 'We’re not going to be friends.' I was like, 'We’re not?'"
Honoring the PlanIn January in a viral Instagram post, Hailey hinted at the fact that although life may be difficult, it has a divine purpose and God "makes no mistakes." She assured people that no matter how it looked, she has challenges just like any other person.
"I’m insecure, I’m fragile, I’m hurting, I have fears, I have doubts, I have anxiety, I get sad, I get angry," she said.
"We ALL have flaws, and that will never change," she continued. "What I do know is, God made us individuals for a reason, with our own beauty, our own personalities, and our own story because there’s a specific plan and purpose for each and every human created and he makes no mistakes!! So this year I’m gonna do my very best to just be ME and be confident with who I am. Cause I am enough, and I’m loved, and you are enough and you’re loved."