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A timeline of Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's relationship

First comes the Instagram PDA then comes, er, marriage?

By: Jess Pullar

When the news broke that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin were engaged the world was in in disbelief.

It was only a few weeks ago the pair confirmed they'd rekindled things via Instagram. Their couple status then moved quickly yet plausibly to a cute getaway to the West Coast late last month.

It's only natural that the next thing we expected on their relationship timeline was something like couple tattoos (we're looking at you Ariana), or even a confirmed couple name (Haiber? Beliebwin? J Bald? TBC), but a RING!? Hold the phone guys.

Well, you better Belieb it, because it looks like this couple are ~FoR rEaLs~. To prove it, we've taken a trip down memory lane to see how this relationship has progressed, one step at a time.

2009: They meet for the first time

A moment in Vine, the fresh-faced pair are introduced with an awkward hand shake. Bless.

2011: Snapped at Justin’s ‘Never Say Never’ premiere

The baby-faced cutie-patooties posed for a photo together at the premiere of Justin's film Never Say Never.

December 27, 2015: Romantic date night in NYC

The first hint of a flame between the singer and model: The pair are spotted on a romantic dinner at Mr. Chow in New York, followed by a movie. Speculation that the pair also spent the night together were rife, but Hailey was quick to clear things up.

December 30, 2015: Couples retreat

The rumoured couple go on a vacation together, and Bieber doesn't hold back from sharing a few coy couple shots. Sly guy, Justin

January 4, 2016: The mack that made it offish

As if we needed any more evidence – Justin posts a picture of himself and Hailey having a grand old pash, and fan girls were screaming.

February 11, 2016: The L bomb is dropped

Justin states in an interview with GQ that Hailey is "someone I really love". He then goes on to say, "I know that in the past I've hurt people and said things that I didn't mean to make them happy in the moment. So now I'm just more so looking at the future, making sure I'm not damaging them. What if Hailey ends up being the girl I'm gonna marry, right? If I rush into anything, if I damage her, then it's always gonna be damaged."

Bit cute that!

August 15, 2016: The unfollow and out

Justin unfollows Hailey on Instagram and sobs ensue. He's rumoured to be dating Sofia Richie, while Baldwin shares a cryptic post to her Instagram (which was later deleted) with the quote: "We've all had our fair share of things we've done, both good and bad. What makes the present so powerful is when we take complete responsibility for our actions, we allow ourselves self-growth. Misplacing the blame onto someone else isn't going to get you to the next stage in life. So try not to manipulate a situation to make yourself look better. No matter how much better off someone may seem, we are all humanly flawed in our own ways, but also share the same endless potential to be better than we used to be."

Touché.

September 2016 - May 2018: No-contact period

Almost two years pass with no sign of a relationship between the pair. In an interview with The Times, Hailey said the pair, "went through a long period of time when we weren't friends. We didn't speak for quite some time and there was a lot of weirdness that went on".

June 10, 2018: The flame reignites

We're roused from our Bieber x Baldwin slumber as the pair are snapped in Miami at a Church conference. The next day, Hailey is caught on camera helping to dry Justin off with a towel. Steamy(ish)…

June 18, 2018: Return of the mack

There was no denying it when the couple were caught having a cheeky smooch in Brooklyn, New York. What's more, they didn't even make an effort to conceal themselves. That's one way to make a public statement.

June 24, 2018: Insta-offish

Justin posts an Instagram story showing a split-second glimpse of Hailey, and that's all the evidence we need folks. It's confirmed, and we're freaking TF out.

June 25, 2018: The couple go West

The pair travel to the West coast together where they're snapped rendezvousing in a hot pool (but keeping it PG because there were kids around).

July 7, 2018: He puts a ring on it (!!!)

Aaaaand that brings us to here. While on a holiday in the Bahamas, Justin has reportedly dropped the knee to Baldwin, and we're in shock (followed by a somewhat delayed reaction of excitement and joy, obvs).

While we're yet to hear it straight from the horse's mouth, close relatives of the pair have all but confirmed the news. Hailey's dad Stephen took to Twitter to share his excitement (possibly a little too early as he later deleted it) saying: "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."

Meanwhile, Justin's pa Jeremy also shared a photo of his son with the caption: "@justinbieber Proud is an understatement! Excited for the next chapter!"

What's more, this picture with Hailey sporting a rather hefty rock on her ring finger is a bit of a giveaway.

Given they're pros at social media sharing, we're sure to hear the news from the couple themselves soon.. Watch this space.