Andrienne Bailon Breaks Silence On Romance With Gospel Singer “Israel Houghton”

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Mainstream entertainer Adrienne Bailon has
finally broken her silence after it was recently
reported by celebrity news sites and confirmed
by Israel Houghton, multi-Grammy Award
winning gospel singer, that they were dating
after he recently finalized his divorce to his former wife of over 20 years.

Bailon, 32, had stayed mum as photos of her in
a bikini on the beach in Mexico with Houghton,
who is also the worship leader at Lakewood
Church (currently on indefinite leave),
circulated, sparking allegations that they were
dating just a month after the gospel singer had publicly announced in February that his
marriage was legally over. But during a recent
episode of “The Real,” Bailon addressed her
new relationship for the first time.

“Yes I am dating, his name is Israel Houghton
as some of you guys may know. I think I’m
more than anything grateful that I have a
platform like this, where I can be with my girls.
The show is called ‘The Real,’ it is a place where
we can speak about the truth,” the TV personality and “The Real” co-host said. “With that being said, the man pictured here is not
married. Praise God.”

Bailon continued, “He had actually put out a
statement. He is single, number one. The other
thing people were saying was that I was the
cause of the divorce, which I think any divorce
is obviously a sad thing. People have to go
through it, [it] takes time to get through that sort of thing, and I think no one put that time
together. I think people see an announcement
was made at the top of the year and then they
see these photos and then they think well let’s
put this together but this is why I’m grateful for
things like this because it allows you to set the facts straight and God forbid the facts get in the
way of a really juicy story. I’m going to say the
truth and the truth of the matter is he isn’t
married. He obviously is divorced.”

Houghton addressed his divorce in an open
letter posted on Facebook in February, where
he publicly repented of his wrong doing. “It is
with a collective heavy heart that we announce
that after over 20 years of marriage and a long
separation, Meleasa and I are officially divorced,” he wrote.

“Several years ago I failed and sinned in my
marriage,” he confessed. “Though this is new
to many, it is not new to us as we have been
working through this for over 5 years.
Although we tried, the challenges in our
relationship have proven too much to overcome.”

Bailon was pegged as the reason for 44-year-
old Houghton’s divorce when the beach
photos surfaced, but the actress maintained
that she didn’t even know him at the time of his
personal failure, and said that the public
blaming her for a marriage ending was “obviously hurtful.”

The two first worked together on the 2013
flick produced by Houghton, “I’m in Love with
a Church Girl.” During promotional tours for the
film, Bailon said she was a fan of Houghton’s
music.

Bailon ended her relationship with ex-fiance
Lenny Santiago back in September 2015, and
Houghton announced his legal split from his
former wife, Meleasa, of 20 years, in late
February of this year.

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