Just months after Israel Houghton publicly announced his divorce after 20 years of marriage, he was forced to publicly confirm his new relationship with mainstream singer and TV host Adrienne Bailon because the two were photographed vacationing together in Tulum, Mexico.
According to TMZ and HipHollywood, the 44-year-old multi-Grammy Award winner was seen in a photo with Bailon flaunting her curvy beach body. See photos HERE. Just hours after the allegations and onslaught of online attacks, Houghton decided to address the rumors.
Read his Facebook post in it's entirety 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."
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