AceShowbiz - Hailey Bieber has slammed speculation she "stole" Justin Bieber from Selena Gomez. After years of rumor that her 25-year-old husband cheated on his ex Selena, 30, by hooking up with her before their broke up in early 2018, the 26-year-old model has spoken out for the first time.
"No, not once. When him and I started hooking up, or anything of that sort, he was not in any relationship. It's not my character to mess with someone's relationship, I was raised better than that," she said when appearing on the "Call Her Daddy" podcast.
The couple had a past fling in 2016 before rekindling their romance in mid-2018 and then getting engaged in the July and tying the knot two months later.
Reflecting on their relationship, Hailey added, "I understand how it looks from the outside, but that was a situation where I know for a fact that it was the right thing for [Justin and Selena] to close that door, but of course, there's a very long history there and I respect that a lot."
She insisted she has "a certain numbness" now to hate from online trolls, with some fans becoming very invested in Justin and Selena's on/off romance which lasted for nearly a decade. Hailey explained, "A lot of the hate comes from like 'oh you stole him' and the fact that he wished he ended up with someone else. And that's fine, you can wish that all you want, but it's not the case."
Meanwhile, she still finds herself receiving abuse on social media, but she tries her best to "ignore" any cruel messages. She said, "It still happens to this day, if I was to go live right now, it would still be happening. You reach a point where you have to ignore it. If we have moved on, why can't you?"