Gosh, they grow up so fast, don’t they? Just eight years ago Justin Bieber was a baby-faced child star being mobbed by schoolgirl fans, and now, according to the US tabloids, the 24-year-old is engaged to be married.
Hollywood gossip site TMZ reports the Canadian-born singer proposed to his 21-year-old model girlfriend, Hailey Baldwin (yes, of those Baldwins – Stephen is her dad, Alec is her uncle), at a resort in the Bahamas over the weekend.
“They say everyone was at a restaurant on the property doing salsa dancing when Justin’s security told everyone to put their phones away, because something special was about to happen,” the outlet reported.
“We’re told Justin then proposed in front of everyone.”
The engagement is yet to be officially confirmed by the couple, but those close to them have pretty much done it on their behalf.
In a since-deleted tweet, Baldwin's actor father, Stephen, wrote, “Sweet smile on my face! me&wife [Kennya] Always pray 4 Gods will !! He is moving in the hearts of JB&HB Let’s all pray for His will to be done Love you 2 so much !!! #Godstiming #bestisyettocome Congrats @JeremyBieber @pattiemallette #PraiseJesus.”
Bieber's father, Jeremy, posted a photo of his famous son to Instagram on Sunday with the caption, "Proud is an understatement! Excited for the next chapter!"
While his mother, Pattie Mallette, tweeted: "Love Love Love Love Love Love Love."
The Despacito singer reportedly began dating Baldwin one month ago, after a long-running friendship and on-off romance.
According to Billboard, they first met in 2014 and rumours of a relationship surfaced as far back as 2015 when Baldwin joined the Bieber family on holiday.
As Baldwin told The Times UK in May, “Justin and I were friends for a long time. We went through a long period of time where we weren’t friends. We didn’t speak for quite some time and there was a lot of weirdness that went on... We’ve moved past that.”