However, Shawn went ahead and confirmed that he and Hailey were never actually an official couple. They did, however, have a bit of a thing going on.
“I don’t even wanna put a title on it. I think it was more of a zone of limbo,” Shawn said to Rolling Stone about his relationship with Hailey. And while it wasn’t long after this Met Gala hangout that Hailey got back with her former bae Justin Bieber, quickly got engaged and now, you know, they’re married — Shawn admitted he’s nothing but happy for her.
“I texted Hailey, ‘Congratulations,’ and I really am happy for them. She’s still one of the f–king coolest people ever — she’s not just a beautiful person visually, but she’s one of the most beautiful hearts I’ve ever met. I think I’m an idiot to not, you know …. But you can’t control your heart.”
So yes, he for sure had feelings for her! But previously, Shawn was quick to shut down any speculation that the pair was more than friends, perhaps because the 22-year-old model found her way back to Justin and Shawn was being respectful of her relationship status. And when the Biebs first proposed to Hailey and Shawn was asked about it all, the singer had nothing but kind words to say.
“I texted Hailey the day of and said ‘congrats.’ I think everybody wants there to be more, [but] there’s not,” he said while appearing on The Project during a stop in Australia. And as he told The Times UK, he thinks the Biebs and Hailey are v cute together.
“I’m so happy for them. Hailey and I are great friends. I’m also friends with Bieber. I think they’re both actually very good for each other. It’s crazy, though, it’s a big thing,” he said. And as for what that Met Gala red carpet situation was all about? Shawn said it was all just about friendship.
“No, we were not making our big debut [at the Met Gala]. We were both asked to walk by Tommy Hilfiger,” the singer said to People magazine. “Obviously Hailey and I are friends, and it was just really cool for me to be able to walk with her because she’s a vet and it was my first year, so it kind of took the pressure off a little bit. I was thrilled to be able to go with her.” And he confirmed this sentiment when he spoke to Vulture too about how the Met Gala night was “the most overwhelmed” he had felt and walking the red carpet with his BFF Hailey really was helpful for him.
“We are just awesome friends. [Walking] with Hailey at the Met Gala’ was about having somebody there to calm the nerves. We were there for each other,” he said.
So there we have it, Shawn and Hailey are clearly so not a thing now, but once upon a time, there was a small spark.