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A 2016 GQ interview reveals all.

Hailey Baldwin’s engagement to Justin Bieber may not be so sudden after all. In 2016, when the singer was first dating the model, Bieber just so happened to ask GQ, “What if Hailey ends up being the girl I’m gonna marry?”

“If I rush into anything, if I damage her, then it’s always gonna be damaged,” he continued. “It’s really hard to fix wounds like that. It’s so hard . . . I just don’t want to hurt her.”

The couple broke up, and Bieber ended up reconnecting with his other on-again, off-again girlfriend in 2017, Selena Gomez, before going back to Baldwin this June. According to TMZ, Bieber proposed to Baldwin at a resort in the Bahamas over the weekend. The couple has since been photographed together, with a not-so-subtle ring on Baldwin’s finger.

While there’s been no official word from the couple about the engagement, both of their dads can’t seem to contain their excitement. Shortly after TMZ broke the story, Bieber’s dad, Jeremy, posted a photo of his son to Instagram and wrote, “Proud is an understatement! Excited for the next chapter!”

Baldwin’s father, Stephen, also tweeted (then deleted) a message about the engagement, tagging both of Bieber’s parents.

“Sweet smile on my face! me&wife (Kennya) Always pray 4 Gods will !! He is moving in hearts of JB&HB,” he wrote. “Let’s all pray for His will to be done Love you 2 so much !!!” he wrote, adding the hashtags: “#Godstiming” and “#bestisyettocome.”

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