Popular worship leader Israel Houghton has
had quite the rough ride after announcing his
divorce earlier this year. But in a new social
media post, the singer reveals that his new
girlfriend, whom he calls his “best friend,” has
been there for him through it all.
“A friend loves at all times…” Houghton posted
a picture of himself and Bailon sleeping on
each other along with the scripture Proverbs
17:17. “She @adriennebailon is my best friend. Wanna know why? Because, in times of
adversity & storms she loved me AND my
flaws,” he captioned the photo.
The “Friend of God” performer used the
Hashtags – TrueFriendship, FlawsAndAll , WeLeanOnEachother, NationalBestfriendDay at the end of his message.
News of Houghton, 44 and Bailon’s, 32,
romance surfaced when she was
photographed in a bikini on the beach in
Mexico with the Lakewood Church worship
leader (currently on indefinite leave) in March.
What started as rumors stemming from tabloid photos that Bailon and Houghton were dating
were quickly confirmed and it came just a
month after Houghton publicly announced that
his marriage of some 20 years was legally over.
Bailon initially stayed mum as the photos
circulated and Houghton was the first to address the rumors.
“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,” he confessed in a Facebook post.
The former “Cheetah Girl” followed suit soon
after, on her daytime talk show and confirmed
“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 said. “With that being said, the man
pictured here is not married. Praise God.”
The new romance sparked controversy
because Houghton publicly repented and
addressed his divorce in an open letter posted
on Facebook earlier this year. “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
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 “hurtful.” Houghton has since taken leave of
his role as worship leader of Pastor Joel
Osteen’s Lakewood Church.
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