Justin Bieber: I’m “Super Single” And NOT Dating Hailey Baldwin!
Justin Bieber is NOT dating Hailey Baldwin. On Monday, he tweeted an Instagram picture of the duo, along with the caption, “People are crazy. I’m super single and this is my good friend u would know.”
Of course, none of this is news to Gossip Cop readers. As we reported last week, Baldwin set the record straight in an interview about her friendship with Bieber, explaining, “I’ve known him since I was so young — since I was like 13 — and we’ve just been good friends over the years. We have just stayed close, and there’s nothing more to it than that.”
But know-nothing sites like HollywoodLife continued to report that there was a Bieber-Baldwin romance, because sensationalizing everything about Bieber is how those outlets pay their bills. Pretty much any woman within 50 miles of Bieber is going to be ensnared in a “dating” rumor because of those outlets, forcing Bieber to shut down the speculation with tweets like Monday’s.
There’s a larger problem here, which is that gossip sites that prefer salacious stories to truthful ones simply don’t take celebrities at their word when it doesn’t fit a more exciting narrative. HollywoodLife and other places don’t want Bieber and Baldwin to be friends. They want Bieber and Baldwin to be a couple, with the added twist of how that affects Selena Gomez. And when it isn’t happening in real life, tabloids and webloids write fan fiction.