Did Justin Bieber really propose to Hailey Baldwin with the same engagement ring he once offered Selena Gomez? Gossip Cop fact-checked this claim. It is provably false.
In its latest issue, OK! Australia announces in a headline, âHailey Is Living Selenaâs Old Life.â The tabloid attempts to make a number of comparisons between the women, from their back tattoos to their work with Adidas. While most of this is fairly reasonable and backed by evidence, the biggest claim has no proof whatsoever.
The magazine refers to an In Touch story, in which a so-called âinsiderâ is quoted as saying, âJustin had once proposed to SelenaâŠ with the same ring. If Hailey finds out she got Selenaâs sloppy seconds, sheâll flip.â As for Gomezâs alleged reaction, an equally anonymous âsourceâ contends to OK!, âSelena didnât think about the ring again until she saw it on Haileyâs finger.â And thatâs all the information provided.
Tellingly, itâs not said just when Bieber supposedly proposed to Gomez, or when he commissioned the ring. Itâs not said how Gomez turned down his alleged proposal, or why he kept the bauble after she did. And itâs also not said why he purportedly thought he could give the same bling to Baldwin. Neither publication seems to know these relevant details. Instead, they just throw out this vague allegation with nothing to back it up.
In contrast, there is much to disprove it. On top of no reputable outlet ever reporting anything about Gomez turning down a marriage proposal from Bieber, the jeweler who designed the ring Bieber gave Baldwin, Jack Solow, is on the record extensively discussing the process. And itâs clear from his statements that the engagement ring is new and was specifically crafted for Baldwin.
For example, Solow told People that Bieber purposefully selected a diamond that âaccentuate Haileyâs beautifully shaped hands.â As for how the collaboration started, Solow revealed, âWhen it came time to find a ring, Justin asked [his manager Scooter Braun] and said, âIâm ready to pop the question,â and [Scooter] said, âThere is only one place to go; ask Jack.ââ Even before that interview, People reported that Bieber âpicked out the ring before they flew to the Bahamasâ for his surprise proposal.
Solow similarly told âEntertainment Tonightâ in an interview, âJustinâs team gave me a heads up that I was the guy that was going to be doing Justinâs ring for Hailey.â He detailed the communication he had with Bieberâs camp, and the sit-down he had with the superstar himself to look at the finished ring. And in another chat with E! Online, Solow explained that Bieber wanted to incorporate 18 karat yellow gold into the ring because it was âimportant to Hailey.â The singer was evidently pleased with the result, as Bieber posted on Twitter with a ring emoji, âThank you @solowco.â
Conclusion: OK! Australia and In Touch both claim, without evidence, that Bieber gave Baldwin the same engagement ring he once used to propose to Gomez. The tabloids have no specific details apart from quotes from an untraceable âsourceâ and âinsider.â But Bieberâs jeweler is on the record as a primary source in multiple interviews, in which itâs explained how the ring was specifically designed for Baldwin prior to their trip to the Bahamas earlier this month. And Bieber himself publicly thanked Solow. Through their statements, it is clear the engagement ring is new and has nothing to do with any past proposal to Gomez.