Updated on Oct. 18 at 9:30 a.m.
A couple weeks after an Ontario museum Instagram account shared that Justin referred to Hailey as his wife while visiting the museum, another bystander is telling a story about meeting the couple — and apparently Justin and Hailey were candid about their reported marriage.
Us Weekly spoke to a fan named Nona Melkoni, who happened to be seated near the pair during a meal at Joan’s on Third in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 16. Nona said that she asked Justin and Hailey straight-up for the truth, and that the couple obliged.
“I asked them if they were married and they simultaneously said yes!” Nona told Us Weekly. “They were both very happy and kind. He told me that she’s his angel. They were super sweet!”
The news is the latest tell that the couple might actually be married instead of still engaged. In addition to the museum incident, TMZ also reported on Oct. 2 that the two have been married on paper since they went to the NYC Marriage Bureau together on Sept. 13.
That said, it seems the couple is still planning on having a wedding ceremony, and they have yet to publicly and overtly confirm the marriage.
It started recently, when the couple visited Ontario's Stratford Perth Museum, which features an exhibit about Justin's career. The museum then posted a photo on Instagram of a special inscription that Hailey ostensibly added to a part of the exhibit where fans can leave messages for Justin. The museum wrote, "'I ❤️you forever-Hailey B.' We were so pleased to have such a warm and special guest visit the museum yesterday (along with her very special husband)."
The museum then clarified, per Elle, that "Justin very graciously introduced Hailey as his wife. Perhaps just a term of endearment? We loved their visit." Fans, of course, went wild in the comments section — the news seemingly confirms People's previous report that the two signed a marriage license when they visited the NYC Marriage Bureau in September.
TMZ, which had, until October 2, denied the accuracy of the People article, then released its own news: that the two had been married on paper for weeks, after all.
In a now-deleted tweet, Hailey had also denied the two had signed the marriage license.
On September 15, she reportedly wrote, "I understand where the speculation is coming from, but I’m not married yet!" It seems now that she could've been referring to the actual wedding ceremony, which hasn't yet occurred, even though the two are likely already married on paper. It's not totally surprising: Hailey had addressed her eventual marriage in an interview with The Cut.
"My sister was 24 when she got married, and my parents got married when they were young, too," she said. "I see no reason to wait. When you know it’s right, it’s right."
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