Although Israel Houston is a multiple Grammy Award winning Gospel singer, he’s pretty much managed to fly under the mainstream radar…until now!
The “Friend of God” singer released a statement last month announcing his divorce from his wife of over 20 years Meleasa, but yesterday social media exploded with the news that Houghton is now dating “The Real” co-host Adrienne Bailon, causing many to wonder if Bailon is the reason for Houghton’s divorce as the two were photographed on vacation together in Mexico!
Houghton has been forced to release another statement, this time defending his relationship with Bailon:
“In the midst of all that’s going on in the world… Suffering, terrorism, deciding a future for our country, and making the world safer; It is sad that I am even having to address this matter… I understand that gossip and salacious untrue speculative stories are far more interesting and entertaining than the truth & facts. But, it’s incredibly unfair to allow someone to carry the burden, blame & shame of something they had nothing to do with…
I met Adrienne Bailon a bit over 2 years ago, we worked together & became friends… Our circles connected & we remained good friends. From a friendship, as two single adults we have very recently begun to explore a dating relationship.
As I previously wrote in a statement I released a while back, My marriage had been over for quite some time before going public with my divorce announcement.
Where I shared, or as some have pointed out ‘over-shared’ my failure in my marriage… From over 5 years prior. It seems to be simple math that I had not even yet met Adrienne during the time my marriage was falling apart.
It deeply saddens me that an innocent party would be dragged into this situation that I have taken personal responsibility for. Adrienne is a woman of integrity & character… Most of all she is a true friend, and she should not be blamed for my past indiscretions. I assure you – I am willing to own my wrongs and I have in the past. God knows & sees all things. I appreciate your prayers, and I join you in praying for the issues of life that truly matter today all over the world.”