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?
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!
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.
We Meet Again
After meeting in 2009, the young stars would meet up again in 2011 when dad Stephen Baldwin and Hailey attended the premiere of Justin’s documentary "Never Say Never" in New York City. Though their initial meeting may have been lukewarm, their bond slowly grew thanks once again to their parents.
Hailey’s parents invited Justin and his mother for dinner and later, a bowling outing. Justin’s mother and Hailey’s dad, both born-again Christians, instantly connected over their faith, a connection that would help bring their children together too.
Seems that even world-famous pop stars can get friend-zoned. Ha Ha! Hailey revealed to talk show host Jimmy Fallon that she initially wasn’t too excited about spending time with the ‘Biebs because she didn’t really know him.
Their friendship blossomed when they both started attending the same church years later. Though Justin was Hailey’s “best guy friend”, romantic sparks hadn’t started flying... yet.