Justin Bieber joked that he's in an 'arranged marriage' – because of how he got together with wife Hailey.
The Yummy singer, 26, made the comment as he shared a story of how he first met the supermodel through her father, Hollywood actor Stephen Baldwin.
Speaking to singer Demi Lavato, who was acting as a guest host on US TV talk show Ellen, he said: "We met in the early mornings of a Today show taping.
"I'm pretty sure she didn't want to be there. Her dad dragged her out of bed in the morning.
"I think because she was raised Christian, they found out that I was (too).
"I think it was an arranged marriage, I'm pretty sure.
"Looking back now, I'm like, 'It was definitely an arranged marriage. They set this whole thing up'."
"Since she was raised Christian, it was like, 'I want to introduce you to Justin and his mom. They have similar values and believe the same things. We think you guys would be good friends'."
He then proclaimed in mock shock: "It was definitely an arranged marriage now that I'm thinking about it. Goodness gracious," as the show's audience laughed.
Justin and Hailey were first married in 2018, after eloping.
The couple later decide to have proper wedding day with all the trimmings with the ceremony taking place last September.
Justin also spoke to Demi about going on tour for the first time as a married man and getting to explore the world with Hailey.
The Canadian pop prince has been getting ready to embark on the 45 date North American tour, which will run from May until September, but his plans have been derailed by growing concern over the coronavirus.
Because of the pandemic, ticket sales for the tour have been weak, leading to organisers to downgrade the venues the pop star was due to perform in, from stadiums to arenas.
An example of the change shows Justin has lost out on playing the 69,000 capacity Nissan Stadium venue in Nashville and will now perform in the much smaller 20,000 capacity Bridgestone Arena in the Tennessee city.
Variety reports: “There was no official announcement from Bieber’s social media accounts, although eight arenas posted notices on Twitter telling fans that the show has been moved to their venue from a nearby stadium.”
The only explanation for the downsize was due to “unforeseen circumstances” – however the publication has pointed the finger of blame at coronavirus in light of Texas based music festival SXSW cancelling completely for 2020 as a precaution over health fears.
A source close to the tour organisers told Variety it was “a hard decision” to downgrade the capacity of some tour dates – with the decision to play arenas rather than stadiums due to the “financial burden” of having to sell out arena spaces.
The decision to quietly downsize the tour has been met with speculation by some critics and fans who have noted that Justin’s recent album, Changes, has not been as successful as previous records released by the star.
The album, released last month, is the first from Justin since his 2015 Purpose album – and the tour is his first in three years.
While it topped the US Billboard 200 chart as well as the UK Albums chart, it was met with mixed reviews from music critics upon release.
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