Talented, but trapped in a small town, Justin would often busk in front of the Avon Theatre in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario. There, he would cover rock songs and play his guitar. In 2007, he took part in a local singing competition — a move that would change his life forever.
Justin’s mom recorded his performance and uploaded the video to YouTube. The videos quickly got thousands of views and caught the attention of famous record executive and talent agent, Scooter Braun. Scooter invited the young teen to Atlanta to record some demos, and the rest is history!
While future-wife Hailey was living the good life with a famous father, Justin’s family was struggling to make ends meet. As a single mom, Justin’s mother Pattie depended on public assistance and lived below the poverty level.
Though they were struggling financially, Pattie made sure to nurture her young son’s interest in music — a move that would certainly pay off in the future. She used whatever money she had to pay for lessons for him to learn to sing, play drums, and play the guitar. Even though he was still young, Pattie knew Justin had musical talent.
Hailey Baldwin, Ballerina?
Like her future spouse, Hailey also displayed artistic talent. Seeing her uncles Alec, Daniel, and William Baldwin in films and television shows made Hailey want to consider a future in the arts. But where should she begin? It turns out that while Justin had a talent for music, Hailey was a talented dancer.
Hailey was classically trained at the American Ballet Theatre School in New York City. Though most of her famous family members were well-known in the acting community and Hollywood, Hailey dreamt about twirling around the stage as a prima ballerina.
Usher-ing Justin Into the Spotlight
While in Atlanta recording demos with Scooter Braun, Justin was introduced to R&B and pop legend Usher (you know the RnB singer famous for singing "Yeah!"). Impressed by the teen’s obvious talent, Usher helped to get Justin signed to a recording contract at just 13-years-old!
Not even old enough to drive, his music video for the single “One Time” dropped on YouTube and received millions of views. Once Justin dropped "Baby" (arguably his most popular song to date) a tsunami of new fans emerged, dubbed the "Beliebers." Unless you were living under a sound-proofed rock, you couldn't escape "Baby" being blasted on every speaker within hearing distance.
Almost overnight, Justin Bieber had hordes of Belieber fans lining up to meet him. Standing in one of those lines was none other than his future wife, Hailey. In 2009, the teen found herself waiting in line with her dad, Stephen Baldwin, to meet the singer after his performance on the "TODAY show."
Stephen helped introduce the two in a now-viral video that recently emerged. Hailey later explained that her grumpy face in the video was because she didn’t know too much about him. Or maybe she was just embarrassed that her dad was a Belieber?