Israel Houghton Performs At Women's Empowerment

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Israel Houghton announced about a month ago that he had divorced his wife of over 20 years.  Now, Houghton is finding himself defending his new relationship with The Real host, Adrienne Bailon.

Houghton took to Facebook yesterday to clear the air.  He starts out his lengthy post by stating, “In the midst of all that’s going on in the world…Suffering, terrorism, deciding a future for our country, and making the world safer; It is sad that I am even having to address this matter.”  Houghton goes on to explain that the reasoning for his post is to clear up the rumors that Bailon was the cause of his divorce.  He stated, “But, it’s incredibly unfair to allow someone to carry the burden, blame & shame of something they had nothing to do with.”

Houghton also goes on to explain that his divorce happened quite some time ago, but he just recently announced it publicly.  Houghton stated, “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.”

In closing, Houghton asked that everyone continue to pray for things that really matter in the world today.  You can read his full post below.

“In the midst of all that’s going on in the world… Suffering, terrorism, deciding a future for our country, and making the world safer; It is sad that I am even having to address this matter… I understand that gossip and salacious untrue speculative stories are far more interesting and entertaining than the truth & facts. But, it’s incredibly unfair to allow someone to carry the burden, blame & shame of something they had nothing to do with…

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.

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.

Where I shared, or as some have pointed out ‘over-shared’ my failure in my marriage… From over 5 years prior. It seems to be simple math that I had not even yet met Adrienne during the time my marriage was falling apart.

It deeply saddens me that an innocent party would be dragged into this situation that I have taken personal responsibility for. 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. I assure you – I am willing to own my wrongs and I have in the past. God knows & sees all things. I appreciate your prayers, and I join you in praying for the issues of life that truly matter today all over the world.

Israel Houghton”

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