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“There’s a reason they say ‘for better or for worse'”
Justin and Hailey Bieber are undoubtedly one of the world’s most iconic celebrity couples. While they met years ago as teenagers, they got engaged in 2017 and tied the knot shortly after in 2018.
That said, it hasn’t been an ordinary year for the pair – both have experienced some pretty extreme health scares. Back in March, Hailey was rushed to hospital after experiencing what she describes as “stroke-like symptoms”, and just months later partner Justin had to cancel a number of shows after experiencing facial paralysis.
Now, for the first time, Hailey has opened up about how the “very serious health issues” have affected them both as a couple, plus how it’s affected their marriage, in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK.
“I just think life changes all the time. Day to day, week to week, year to year,” she explained, going on to add that for her, marriage is about navigating situations like these — situations that you can’t possibly prepare for on before you get married. “I think a perfect example of that is in the last six months, we’ve both been going through very serious health issues.”
The 25-year-old continued: “You’ve got to figure out how to deal with this shit when it comes, you know? There’s a reason they say ‘for better or worse.’ Like, it’s real!”
Reflecting that she and her husband are as close as they were when they first met, she sweetly added, “He’s still the person I want to rush back to.”
“I might fly somewhere and go do a job, but I can’t wait to come back and hang out. And I feel like it’s because of the effort that’s been put in on both sides,” Hailey shared. “At the end of today he’s like my best friend, but it still takes a lot of work to make it work. And then I know eventually, when kids come into the picture, it’s going to be a whole other season of navigating how to make it work.”
Hailey’s health scare was caused by a blood clot on her brain which meant she suffered “stroke-like symptoms” and then had to undergo emergency heart surgery in mid-March. She has since described it as the scariest moment of her life.
Justin, on the other hand, was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome in June. Posting on Instagram, he explained: “It’s from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear, in my facial nerves and has caused my face to be paralyzed. As you can see this eye doesn’t blink. I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril won’t move, so it’s complete paralysis on this side of my face.”
I wish the couple the best of luck.