Early in 2016, Grammy winner Israel Houghton announced his divorce from wife Meleasa after more than 20 years together. A month later he is seen with his new girlfriend Adrienne Bailon. Whilst he did cheat on his first wife, Adrienne had nothing to do with it. The two married that same year.
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The end of more than 20 years together
It was early in 201 that Israel Houghton publicly announced the end of his first marriage to Meleasa, mother of his three children. He did so on Instagram, stating that it was a collective decision to divorce and, by the time the announcement was actually made, the divorce had already come into effect.
The two had been married for over 20 years and Israel made it very clear that they had been separated for a long time as well. He added that he had sinned in his marriage, failing his wife. But that they had tried for more than 5 years to make their relationship work once more. That means he would have cheated on his wife roughly around 2010. Aside from Israel, Meleasa and the woman he cheated on her with (if it was just one), nobody is likely to know the woman’s identity, perhaps a marriage counsellor, though.
Israel didn’t ask for forgiveness for his sins, which is something the estranged couple likely addressed in private. Indeed, the whole affair had been so private, that the divorce was already done and dusted by the time Israel made his announcement. He did ask for privacy for the sake of the couple’s children, of course.
Fallout from going public with Adrienne
Israel Houghton is a public figure which makes his life subject to public scrutiny. Nobody might have known about his divorce for some time, if he hadn’t addressed the matter himself, however. He was quite forthcoming in his announcement and it’s easy to guess why he had chosen that time to make it.
He had begun seeing Adrienne Bailon, co-host of The Real and Rob Kardashian ex. Their relationship became public when they went to Mexico together on vacation. The backlash was quite unpleasant because Adrienne was essentially blamed for the demise of Israel’s marriage.
Things couldn’t be further from the truth, however, and Israel was quick to set the record straight. He did so on Facebook. Apparently, all major announcements are made on social media these days, otherwise, they simply don’t count.
He denied that Adrienne had anything to do with his divorce, saying that he hadn’t even known Adrienne at the time his marriage fell apart. The two had been friends after working on a movie together, in which Adrienne starred and which Israel produced. Once he was divorced, he began dating again and Adrienne even set him up with her friends before someone suggested that she and Israel might want to give it a shot. Eventually, they did and quickly found that they were compatible in many ways and really good for each other.
Happy ever after?
After their relationship went public in March 2016, Adrienne and Israel had some explaining to do for a while. But ultimately things quietened down again, and everybody was able to see just how happy those two were.
We don’t know exactly when Israel’s first marriage was dissolved, perhaps just before he actually made the official announcement, maybe even a little earlier.
In any case, by September 2016 Israel had asked Adrienne to become his wife and she said yes. In November the two were married in Paris – the city of love.
Will they last? It is the first marriage for Adrienne and Israel wanted the wedding to be extra special for her. He admitted to wrong priorities during his first marriage, working too much and all that. And we know that he cheated on his first wife.
Interestingly, Adrienne left Rob Kardashian because he had cheated on her, and so it seems to be behaviour she doesn’t consider forgivable. Indeed, she went on record saying as much. We hope Israel was listening because Adrienne will throw him out, if he so much as thinks about it.