Justin Bieber's soon-to-be in-laws Stephen Baldwin and Kennya Deodato Baldwin are modern-day couple goals
All you need to know about bad boy turned born again Christian Stephen Baldwin and his wife of 28 years graphic designer Kennya Baldwin
Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber seemed to have found love in life. The two got engaged on their vacay in the Bahamas and Justin took to Instagram recently to declare his love for his fiance. The 'Sorry' singer went down on one knee and popped the big question on Saturday (July 7) while they were vacationing in the Bahamas. Calling the timing spot on, Justin wrote, "Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection."
While we more or less know every detail about the couple's on-again-off-again and then engaged relationship and JB's family drama, there's very little attention given to the to-be bride's side of the family aka her parents. And yes, it's perfectly normal to confuse who is who with the Baldwins, all five of the brothers are famous and most of the sisters are models.
Hailey Rhode Baldwin is the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin and Brazilian graphic designer Kennya Deodato Baldwin. Stephen is the youngest of the Baldwin brothers and has famous siblings, Alec Baldwin, William Baldwin, and Daniel Baldwin. While the Baldwin siblings have made a name for themselves in the arena of entertainment, Stephen has been known to keep a low profile since 2013 after he was put on probation for 5 years for tax evasion. He pleaded guilty to failing to file income taxes for three consecutive years since 2008.
Prior to his tussle with the law, Stephen was the center of attention. In 2010 he participated in 'Celebrity Big Brother' and was known to read out of the Bible to his housemates on several occasions. Hailey too is a devoted evangelical Christian. In a 2016 interview in Teen Vogue, Hailey had said, "I was raised in church. I was brought up in that life, and I think that it's very important for everybody to be in touch with their spirituality and to have a relationship with God. I think that God kind of put me in the place in my life to not be quiet about it, not be quiet about him, but to reach people and to inspire people," she said. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, right?
Stephen and Kennya live in Nyack, New York. The couple have been married for 28 years now after they met each other in 1987 on a New York City subway. They tied the knot in 1990. Along with Hailey, they have another model daughter, 23-year-old Alaia Baldwin. Of Italian and Portuguese descent, Kennya is the daughter of Grammy-winning Brazilian composer Eumir Deodato. She is said to have moved to the Big Apple to go to school. She attended the York Preparatory School and later went to Parsons School of Design where she got her degree in graphic design. She's managed to keep her life super low key, in spite of being married to a celebrity. Even though she's on social media, she keeps her Instagram private.
Kennya is also said to be the reason why Stephen found his way to Christianity. In his book 'The Unusual Suspect', he wrote that before meeting her, he was "snorting enough cocaine to throw the entire population of a small South American country into anaphylactic shock." He also said that it was her constant praying that got him onboard as well. "I gave my life to the Lord tonight, she said. I said, 'That's awesome.'" Kennya would reportedly "get up and pray silently for two hours, her face pressed to the floor. She did the same thing every night, as well as study her Bible for 45 minutes. After around nine months, Stephen joined in, though he didn't really feel the force until 9/11 and the collapse of the Twin Towers."
He also said, in the book that the unfortunate incident was a sign from above. "I live in New York. And I thought, 'What's up with that?' It was the prophetic, supernatural, spiritual impact of 9/11. Something shifting for no logical reason – well, then, Jesus Christ could come back for real. Things are no longer as they were before. Now the impossible is possible. And if the impossible is possible, and a woman came and told my wife that we would lead a ministry…" The two consider themselves born-again Christians.
In one of the strongest marriages in Hollywood, the two are said to have remained loyal to each other inspite of hardships. In an interview with Grazia, Hailey had revealed that her mum had been hit on by none other than Leo DiCaprio at one point and she turned him down. She said, "She was sitting in a bar here in London and Leonardo DiCaprio came up to her and asked her on a date. She was like, yeah, sure, you can ask my husband first. And he was like, 'Ooh, never mind.'"
Hailey's parents' relationship is quite the contrast to Justin's broken family. Although Justin has mended his relationship with his dad Jeremy Bieber and even attended his Jamaican wedding in February with then girlfriend Selena Gomez, he clearly had a difficult time growing up. He had said in an interview with US Weekly earlier, "He was immature. He left for like a year when I was about 4, went to British Columbia, came back o Father’s Day. I remember my mom said, 'If you’re going to be here, you have to be here.' There’s a misconception that he’s this deadbeat dad, but he has been in my life since I was with him on weekends and Wednesdays." Hopefully, it is all in the past.
Both Hailey's and Justin's parents are quite happy with the relationship. Stephen tweeted that he had a "Sweet smile on my face! me&wife (Kennya) Always pray 4 Gods will !! He is moving in hearts of JB&HB. Let’s all pray for His will to be done Love you 2 so much !!!," and Jeremy, JB's dad posting "Proud is an understatement! Excited for the next chapter!" on Instagram. Here's wishing love and luck to the two!