Justin Bieber has been making round on social media as of late for joking that he and his wife Hailey Bieber were set up by their families and had an 'arranged marriage.'
According to the Yummy star, their union was pre-determined by their families because the duo share similar religious beliefs. "We met in the early mornings of a 'Today' show taping," Justin recalled during an appearance on Friday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, reported Insider.
"I'm pretty sure she didn't want to be there," the 26-year-old continued. Justin then gave a brief lowdown on how the couple met. Hailey's father, Stephan Baldwin, 'dragged her out of bed in the morning' when she and Justin met in 2009 at the NBC talk show.
"I think, because she was raised Christian, and I think she … they found out that I ... I think it was an arranged marriage, I'm pretty sure," Justin revealed on the talk show. "Looking back now, I'm like, it was definitely an arranged marriage. Like, they set this whole thing up."
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The What Do You Mean singer added that perhaps the model's family wanted her to meet him because he and his mom, Pattie Mallette, "have similar values and believe the same things."
In the years after their first meeting in 2009, Justin and Hailey dated non-exclusively. The couple got married at a courthouse in New York in September 2018. The following year, they had a ceremony and reception at Montage Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina.
In a 2020 interview with Elle, Hailey spoke about how the pair bonded over their similar religious beliefs. "Being able to share that with each other, to have that bond of faith and spirituality, is so [critical] for us," she said.
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