Israel Houghton Confirms His Relationship With Adrienne Bailon
Well that was fast. Just yesterday photos surfaced of Adrienne Bailon and gospel star Isreal Houghton frolicking on the beach in Mexico leaving many to wonder if the two are an item. Now Houghton is confirming that he and Bailon are indeed dating, AND addressed those who assumed he had been having an affair with Bailon while still married.
Houghton posted a lengthy message on his Facebook page addressing the rumors and shaming those throwing judgment saying:
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.
If you recall, last month, he wrote an open letter confessing to cheating on his wife of twenty years, Meleasa Houghton, five years ago. Over this past year, the couple finalized their divorce. In between those years, Israel worked with Adrienne on the 2013 faith-based movie I’m In Love With A Church Girl.