The name Israel Houghton may seem strange to you if you are not in the gospel circle.
However, he is a huge deal and has won five Grammy Awards, 13 Dove Awards, two Stellar Awards and a Soul Train Music Award. He released hits like He Knows My Name, You Are Alpha And Omega, You Hold My Life In Your Hands.
Still don’t know him?
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So, not long ago, Israel took to his Facebook page to announce that he and his wife, Meleasa who have been married for twenty years had just divorced.
He posted the breaking news on Facebook (it’s been since deleted), “Several years ago I failed and sinned in my marriage. … Although we tried, the challenges in our relationship have proven too much to overcome. We have always handled our family and ministry with grace and generosity toward others, discretion, and privacy.
Israel is the senior worship leader at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church. He and Meleasa, parents of three children, founded New Breed Ministries in 1995. New Breed comprises of musicians and singers who lead within their respective churches and, together, minister at other churches and massive concerts.
“I am in the process of restoration and I have repented for my actions. Although I am sincerely sorry, and forgiven, I soberly realize that I will live with the consequences of my failings for the rest of my life,” Houghton posted on Facebook.
“As this has become a public matter I want to apologize to the many who have supported my ministry through the years. I’m sorry for the many who will be hurt to learn of my personal failure. I regret any pain or disappointment that this news may cause you. We thank you for your prayers and for allowing us to handle this privately with those who are set over us in this process,” Houghton concluded.
Many were sad to learn on this shocking news but roughly a month later, more shocking news was revealed when Israel was spotted with his new woman Adrienne Bailon.
Now, you know her, right? Please tell me you do. Remember 3LW (3 Little Women), the girls that sang No More and Playas Gon’ Play?
Well, here’s Adrienne below with her ex, Rob Kardashian
Yep they so dated. But that was a while ago.
The 32-year-old started off something new with Lenny Santiago, Roc Nation music executive, and got engaged but they broke it off just last year.
We were not told the real reason for their breakup but speculations have now arisen that Israel might be part of it. The same way, Adrienne is being accused of having a hand in his divorce, although there’s no proof to any of this.
Israel Houghton went on Facebook in a long epistle to clear any speculations that stem around him having had an affair with Bailon while being married to his ex, Maleasa.
“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 shared. “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.”
Adrienne also went on Instagram to write, “You can body shame me… that’s fine. But please don’t insult my character & my integrity.”
The couple first met on the 2013 film I’m in Love With a Church Girl. Adrienne starred in the movie which Houghton produced.
There were also rumors indicating Israel was put on indefinite leave because of this mess with Adrienne Bailon but his rep has spoken out, debunking the allegations.
“Israel has been on staff at Lakewood for 15 years since 2001 (not 2011) and actually remains officially on staff,” the rep states. “He was never suspended, nor was he put on an indefinite leave but is on a personal sabbatical of his choosing.”
Both Israel and Adrienne have denied any form of dirty business. They are both adults enjoying a healthy dating relationship.