Adrienne Bailon revealed toPEOPLE magazine at her Parisian-themed co-ed wedding shower hosted by West Hollywood eatery Fig & Olive, that she and her fiance Israel Houghton are saving themselves for marriage.
As she was getting ready for her wedding shower this past Saturday, which is featured exclusively in the current issue of the magazine, Bailon said that she will be shedding happy tears on her wedding day.
“I was getting so emotional,” she tells PEOPLE.
The exclusive coverage disclosed that Bailon and Houghton have decided to go the traditional route and are “saving themselves for marriage.”
The happy couple enjoyed their co-ed wedding shower but the mainstream entertainer said that she can’t wait for her big day later this year.
“I’m so excited,” she continued. “I can’t wait to marry my best friend.”
Up until this interview Bailon has never flat out said that she and Houghton were abstaining from sexual intimacy until marriage. However in a recent episode of “The Real,” after she shared that she and the popular worship leader are in premarital counseling with her pastor, the co-host assured that she believes sexual intimacy is designed for marriage.
In August, Houghton shared an Instagram picture of Bailon’s hand in front of the prestigious Eiffel Tower in Paris, sporting a massive engagement ring.
“I have seen and felt the essence of God’s grace through the life, the kindness and the courage of this woman. I’ve seen her attacked, lied about, wrongfully accused, mocked, laughed at, and misunderstood. But, I’ve also seen the shining example of the eagle she is that rises above the cacophony of the noise of ignorants- I’m learning from her example. She loves Jesus. She loves her family. She loves people. Even the ones that don’t love her back. I pray God give me that same grace in my life. I’ve taken a giant leap of faith in asking her to share life with me forever and to give me a shot at getting it right this time… She has graciously granted my request… She said yes. Thanks Be To God. Thank you@adriennebailon for graciously loving me,” Houghton captioned the photo.
At the top of the year, Houghton publicly announced that his marriage of some 20 years was legally over and despite the naysayers, the singer is giving marriage another shot. News of Houghton, 44, and 32-year-old Bailon’s romance first surfaced when she was photographed in a bikini on a 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. 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 new romance sparked controversy because Houghton publicly repented and addressed his divorce in an open letter posted on Facebook not long before dating Bailon. “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 but is still out doing concerts.