Worship Leader Israel Houghton Dates Adrienne Bailon After Divorcing Wife of 20+ Years

Israel Houghton
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It was only less than a month ago when fans of worship leader Israel Houghton were shocked to hear of the leader's divorce from his wife of more than twenty years.  Now, Israel Houghton is not only dating Adrienne Bailon, but they have gone for a romantic sun-filled holiday in Tulum, Mexico this week.

Bailon first became publicly known when she rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of both 3LW(1999-2007) and The Cheetah Girls (2003-2008). Bailon started her career with singing group 3LW which led to her involvement in the Disney franchise, The Cheetah Girls. Bailon also went on to develop her own acting career with roles in The Cheetah Girls films, Coach Carter and the MTV film All You've Got

Houghton, who is the worship leader at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church and the writer of songs such as "Jesus At the Center," divorced his wife of more than 20 years Meleasa.  The 44-year-old stated that he and Meleasa had been separated for a long time before officially ending their marriage, and revealed that his infidelity five years ago was to blame for the split.

Adrienne Bailon began dating Israel after his divorce was made official earlier this year, and the duo were spotted kissing during their romantic Mexican getaway.The pair were friends before they became romantically involved. She also appeared in the 2013 movie I'm In Love with A Church Girl, which Israel produced.

Israel wrote: 'My marriage had been over for quite some time before going public with my divorce announcement. It seems to be simple math that I had not even met Adrienne during the time my marriage was falling apart.'

He added: '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.'

Houghton has served as worship leader for the Promise Keepers and Champions for Christ events, as well as the Hillsong Conference 2006-10, and Hillsong Conference Europe 2008-10. Israel currently serves as a worship leader (alongside Cindy Cruse-Ratcliff, Steve Crawford and Da'dra Crawford-Greathouse) at Lakewood Church in Houston, pastored by Joel Osteen.  Houghton is also the producer of Darlene Zschech's latest worship album Revealing Jesus.



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