Justin Bieber and his newly wedded wife Hailey Baldwin have revealed their abstinence from sex until their marriage.
The couple first met in 2009 and enjoyed an on/off relationship for several years before announcing their engagement in July 2018. The pair officially disclosed on Instagram, they were married in November 2018.
On the subject of sex, the couple have admitted that they have no regrets about their decision to remain celibate but agreed that marriage is not a “magical fantasy”.
“God doesn’t ask us not to have sex for him because he wants rules and stuff,” Bieber told Vogue in his first interview in two years.
“He’s like, ‘I’m trying to protect you from hurt and pain’.
“I think sex can cause a lot of pain. Sometimes people have sex because they don’t feel good enough. Because they lack self-worth. Women do that, and guys do that.”
The 24-year-old singer revealed that he had been celibate for more than a year before June 2018, when he and Baldwin are widely believe to have rekindled their romance.
“I wanted to rededicate myself to God in that way because I really felt it was better for the condition of my soul,” he said.
“And I believe that God blessed me with Hailey as a result. There are perks. You get rewarded for good behaviour,” he added.
The couple admitted that abstaining from sex was partially to explain for their relatively short engagement but said it was the intensity of their feelings for each other that led them to the altar so quickly.
“When I saw her last June, I just forgot how much I loved her and how much I missed her and how much of a positive impact she made on my life,” Bieber explained.
“I believe in the story of Jesus – that’s the simplicity of what I believe,” he explained.
“But I don’t believe in all the religious elitism and pretentiousness...
“I get sensitive when religion comes up because it’s been so hurtful to a lot of people. I don’t want to be thought of as someone who stands for any of the injustice that religion has done and does do.”