Pop superstar Justin Bieber and model Hailey Baldwin are married, the former revealed in a Thanksgiving message posted on Instagram on Friday.
“Happy late Thanksgiving to everyone. First Thanksgiving as a married man, first time hosting Thanksgiving. First time both sides of the family has come together,” Bieber wrote on Instagram.
Bieber then went on to admit that marriage, so far, has not been smooth.
“Relationships are hard," he said, "and love isn’t always easy but thank you Jesus for showing me how! Every day is a learning process, trying to be more like Him, patient, kind, selfless, boy I got a long way! But God’s grace is sufficient!”
Several news outlets reported that Bieber and Baldwin were married in a civil ceremony at a courthouse in New York in September. But the couple had denied being married until now.
Thanksgiving Day this year was also Baldwin's birthday, and earlier in the day Bieber’s mom, Pattie Mallette, wished her new daughter-in-law a happy birthday on Twitter.“HAPPY BIRTHDAY @haileybaldwin !! I LOVE YOU!! I’m SO #THANKFUL to have you as a daughter!!!” Mallette tweeted on Thursday.
Mallette also posted a video on Instagram of Bieber and the family singing “happy birthday” to Baldwin. After the song, Bieber professed his love for his bride.
Bieber popped the question to Baldwin in July while he and Baldwin were in the Bahamas.
"Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make," Bieber wrote on Instagram at the time, confirming that he'll be marrying the host of "Drop the Mic."
Bieber added: "My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn't want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment [sic] each other so well!! Can't wait for the best season of life yet!"
Bieber, who in recent years has said he's committed to living out his Christian faith, gushed that his younger brother and sister will now have a healthy, stable marriage to look up to. He then shared the spiritual significance of the July 7 date on which he chose to propose.
"Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it's true GOOGLE IT! Isn't that nuts? By the way I didn't plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secure!" he exclaimed.
He then quoted a phrase he and his friend, Pastor Chad Veach, frequently cite: "WE'RE GONNA BE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO!"
TMZ first broke the news that Bieber, 24, and Hailey, 21, rekindled their romance last month but have been romantically involved on-and-off for the last three years. TMZ reported that the pop singer proposed to Baldwin on Saturday while on their trip to the Bahamas.
Eyewitnesses said that the proposal happened at a resort on the island during a salsa dance party. The singer's security detail had everyone put their phones away, and Bieber asked for her hand in marriage.
Bieber's transformation has been widely associated with the mentoring he's received from Hillsong NYC Church Pastor Carl Lentz. The well-known minister is credited with bringing the pop star back to his faith and baptizing him. Baldwin has also been seen many times attending Lentz's church and running in the same social circles as Bieber.