Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin opened up about their “very hard” marriage in Vogue’s March issue.
The couple posed on the front cover of the fashion magazine, which was shot by Annie Leibovitz. Fans have been waiting for the newlyweds to speak out about what their life has been like since they got married.
“The thing is, marriage is very hard,” Baldwin said. “That is the sentence you should lead with. It’s really effing hard.”
“Fighting is good,” Bieber said. “Doesn’t the Bible talk about righteous anger? We don’t want to lose each other. We don’t want to say the wrong thing, and so we’ve been struggling with not expressing our emotions, which has been driving me absolutely crazy because I just need to express myself, and it’s been really difficult to get her to say what she feels.”
Baldwin expressed that she was lonely the first weeks of marriage and homesick. “I prayed to feel peace about the decision, and that’s where I landed. I love him very much. I have loved him for a long time,” she said.
Bieber opened up about having a “a legitimate problem with sex,” and wanting to remain celibate until marriage. “He [God] doesn’t ask us not to have sex for him because he wants rules and stuff,” Bieber 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. I wanted to rededicate myself to God in that way because 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.”
“It’s just that I’m fighting to do this the right way, to build a healthy relationship. I want people to know that. We’re coming from a really genuine place. But we’re two young people who are learning as we go. I’m not going to sit here and lie and say it’s all a magical fantasy. It’s always going to be hard. It’s a choice. You don’t feel it every single day. You don’t wake up every day saying, ‘I’m absolutely so in love and you are perfect.’ That’s not what being married is,” Baldwin said.
Baldwin continued, “But there’s something beautiful about it anyway—about wanting to fight for something, commit to building with someone. We’re really young, and that’s a scary aspect. We’re going to change a lot. But we’re committed to growing together and supporting each other in those changes. That’s how I look at it. At the end of the day, too, he’s my best friend. I never get sick of him.”