Hailey Baldwin reveals why she decided to take Justin Bieber's last name when they got married
When couples get married, it's customary for one partner to take the other's last name to commemorate their union. However, some people opt to retain their surname, for various reasons: They might want to retain their identity, avoid the hassle of paperwork or object to the inequality of the tradition, which is tied to old coverture laws, in which a woman's rights and obligations were subsumed by her husband. (Or maybe they just think their partner's last name sucks.)
Celebrities' careers are tied to their names, so changing one's moniker after marriage is a big decision. When Chrissie Teigen was asked why she didn't take John Legend's last name, she replied, "my husband didn’t even take his last name?" (John Legend's real name is John Roger Stevens.)
And when Priyanka Chopra was asked why she didn't take Nick Jonas' last name, she said, "I always wanted to add his name to mine because I feel like we're becoming family, and I’m a little traditional and old school like that. But I don’t take away my identity. He gets added to who I am."
However, Hailey Baldwin decided to buck the celebrity norm. Last November, she announced on Instagram that she was takin husband, Justin Bieber's last name. As you've probably guessed, Hailey is part of the famous family of Baldwins. Her father is actor Stephen Baldwin, who has three acting brothers, Daniel, William and Alec, the most famous. Hailey's also in the entertainment industry, modeling and hosting the TV show Drop The Mic - so why would she want to ditch her family's legendary last name?
In a new interview, Hailey revealed that she asked her dad, Stephen, if he'd be offended before taking Bieber's name. "It took some getting used to, for sure. It's definitely strange, it takes adjusting," she told Bustle. "I'm very proud of my family nam. I come from a great family with a history in this industry. I remember when I was going to change it, I asked my dad if he was going to be upset and he was like, 'No! I don't care. We love you. All good, everyone still knows you're a Baldwin.' It's true!"
Well, there's no wrong choice. After tying the knot, you can do whatever you want with your handle: Keep your surname, take your spouse's, hyphenate the two, change it to a symbol like Prince - whatever works!
Recently Hailey Baldwin - I mean, Hailey Bieber, man, this is going to take a while - opened her relationship with Justin, during a feature for Vogue. "I’m fighting to do this the right way, to build a healthy relationship," said Hailey. "I want people to know that. We’re coming from a really genuine place. But we’re two young people who are learning as we go. I’m not going to sit here and lie and say it’s all a magical fantasy. It’s always going to be hard..."