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"It definitely makes you more aware," said Hailey Baldwin

By Maria Pasquini
February 02, 2021 08:00 AM
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Hailey Baldwin is opening up about how her husband Justin Bieber's battle with Lyme disease has impacted her life.  

In a new conversation with Women's Health UK podcast Going for Goal, the 24-year-old model shared that her husband's experience living with the disease, which is spread by tick bites, has made her "more aware" of her own health. 

"I think with the Lyme disease and that situation, it definitely makes you more aware of your health and I think it makes you pay more attention to how you feel and different symptoms," she said on the podcast episode, which was released on Tuesday. 

"Lyme disease is an interesting thing because a lot of people don't believe it's real, and a lot of people think it's BS. But I've had it before, I've dealt with it," she shared. "My husband has it and deals with it very deeply. I think it's about finding the right doctors who believe in getting to the bottom of any health issues that you might have."

When it comes to her own health, Baldwin stressed that exercise plays an important role in keeping her mentally and physically strong.

"I really like Pilates and boxing for cardio. And I'll do a couple of sessions a week in the gym, weight training and cardio," she said.

"I used to be a ballet dancer so Pilates for me gets my body personally in the best shape because it's very elongating," she continued. "And a lot of the movements in Pilates are very similar to dance. And I think that's why I identify with and like it so much."

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Baldwin also spoke candidly about "consistently" working with a therapist to help navigate any "negative attention" she receives on social media.

"I've talked it a lot through with a therapist, and I do therapy consistently," she said. "For a while strangers made me feel like I had to explain myself, when the reality is, I don't owe them anything."

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"It took me a while to get there and understand that, because I'm kind of a perfectionist and I don't want people to hate me or be mad at me," she continued. "I want to be like 'Hey I'm actually not this person that you think I am.' "

"I just realized that there's people on the internet that, no matter what you say and do, they want to just hate you because they are not happy with themselves," Baldwin explained. "The more I've been able to break that down with a therapist [and] the more I realize it has nothing to do with me, or my personal character, I felt a lot more freedom." 

Listen to the full Hailey Bieber interview on the Women's Health 'Going for Goal' podcast, available now.