HAILEY Bieber has addressed allegations that she acted as a “homewrecker” in husband Justin’s romance with Selena Gomez.
The model appeared on the Call Her Daddy podcast to set the record straight.
During the episode, Hailey was asked several questions from host Alexandra Cooper about her marriage to Justin as well as its origins.
After speaking about the challenges she’s faced being married to such a public figure, the show’s host inquired about the timeline of Hailey’s rekindled romance, subsequent engagement and marriage to the pop star.
She was interested, in particular, in setting the record straight about Justin’s past relationship with Selena Gomez, who was not mentioned by name.
Asked about rumors she acted as a “homewrecker,” ending the longstanding relationship between the Sorry singer and Selena, Hailey said flatly: “No.”
She went on to explain: “Let’s put it this way. When him and I ever started, like, hooking up or anything of that sort he was not ever in a relationship. Ever. At any point.”
Hailey assured Call Her Daddy listeners: “It’s not my character to mess with someone’s relationship. I would just never do that. I was raised better than that. I’m not interested in doing that and I never was.”
As for her theories on where the rumors stemmed from and how they gained steam, she explained: “I think that there are situations where you can still kind of have a back-and-forth with someone but even that was not the situation. I can say period, point blank, I was never with him when he was in a relationship with anybody. That’s the end of it. I had been involved with him since I was 18.
“The timeline also that I think sometimes is in question of, like, us getting together and getting engaged and him having been spending time with his ex before that. I understand, again, how it looks from the outside and there’s a lot of perception there but that was a situation where I know for a fact that it was the right thing for them to close that door.”
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Hailey acknowledged the history that exists between Justin and Selena during her interview.
She noted several times that she has “respect” for the relationship they shared, and remained adamant that they were not a couple when she and the Canadian star got together.
As for them being linked just prior to her and Justin’s whirlwind romance, which ended in a shock engagement and wedding, Hailey said it was what needed to happen.
“They were not in a relationship at that time but, of course, there’s a very long history there and it’s not my relationship,” she said.
“It has nothing to do with me, so I respect that a lot but, I know that it closed a chapter and I think it was the best thing that could have happened for him to move on and get engaged and be married and move on with his life in his way.”
She added: “It’s hard for me to talk about this because I don’t want to talk on either one of their behalfs again because it was their relationship and I honestly respect that very deeply.
“I just know what was going on when we got back together and I know what had to happen for that to come back together in a healthy way and I think it was the most healthy, mature decision that he could have made and I respect that.”
Hailey had nothing negative to say about Justin’s past relationships or his exes in her interview on the Call Her Daddy podcast.
In fact, asked by Alex if she’s spoken to Selena since she and Justin tied the knot, the star had nothing but kind words.
She said: “It’s all respect. It’s all love. That’s also why I feel like if everybody on our side knows what happened and we’re good and we could walk away with clarity and respect, then that’s fine.”
Hailey was also asked if Selena has ever been asked personally to step in to stop harassment from her fans.
She told listeners: “No. What I will say is that she has been in this industry much longer than I have and maybe there’s something that she knows about, like, it wouldn’t fix anything.”