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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin attend the John Elliott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)

Hailey Baldwin (L) and Justin Bieber attend the John Elliott front row during New York Fashion Week: The Shows on September 6, 2018 in New York City.

Justin Bieber and his wife, model Hailey Baldwin Bieber, are on the March cover of Vogue, where they open up about the reality of their “very hard” marriage.

Bieber, 24, and Baldwin, 22, have been married since September 2018, but their love story definitely has legs. Still, it doesn’t mean it’s all been easy, as they both reveal in the interview.

“I’m fighting to do this the right way, to build a healthy relationship,” Baldwin said. “I want people to know that. We’re coming from a really genuine place. But we’re two young people who are learning as we go. I’m not going to sit here and lie and say it’s all a magical fantasy. It’s always going to be hard.”

In fact, the couple shared that they are still trying to heal from their first attempt at a relationship a few years ago.

“Negative things happened that we still need to talk about and work through,” Baldwin explained. “Fizzled would not be the right word—it was more like a very dramatic excommunication. There was a period where if I walked into a room, he would walk out.”

Later, they ran into each other again at a church conference and realized they wanted to put the past behind them.

“The common denominator, I promise you, is always church,” she said. “By then we were past the drama. I just gave him a hug. By the end of the conference, he was like, ‘We’re not going to be friends.’ I was like, ‘We’re not?’”

Just a few weeks later, they were engaged.

From there, the two opted to not have sex before getting married, especially in light of what Bieber describes as a very unhealthy relationship with sex.

“[God] doesn’t ask us not to have sex for him because he wants rules and stuff,” Bieber said. “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. I wanted to rededicate myself to God in that way because I really felt it was better for the condition of my soul. And I believe that God blessed me with Hailey as a result. There are perks. You get rewarded for good behavior.”

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