Israel Houghton Denies Being Fired By Joel Osteen
Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Israel Houghton is shutting down rumors that he was fired by Joel Osteen over his relationship with Adrienne Bailon. Osteen is the pastor of Lakewood Church where Houghton once served as worship director.
“We can confirm that Israel is on indefinite leave, but it is important to clarify that we still consider Israel to be a part of the Lakewood family and that his employment has not been terminated,” Lakewood Church said Thursday in a statement.
Rumors surrounding Houghton’s employment status became a hot topic after he confirmed he was romantically involved with Bailon. Houghton announced in February that he was divorcing his wife of 20-years, which led many to believe he was cheating on her with the former Cheetah Girl.
“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,” Houghton said in a statement released on Tuesday.