Adrienne Bailon Defends Her Relationship With Worship Leader Israel Houghton

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Worship leader, singer, songwriter and producer Israel Houghton recently announced his divorce from his wife of more than 20 years. A few weeks later, he was seen in the arms of actress and TV host Adrienne Bailon. Houghton later defended his relationship with new girlfriend Adrienne Bailon, maintaining they did not begin to date until after Houghton's divorce was finalized. Now, Bailon speaks about her relationship with new boyfriend Houghton. 

"It doesn't need an explanation. I know the truth and I think when you have friends and loved ones that know the truth, and you know that, God defines who I am, you know what I mean?" Bailon said on a recent episode of "The Real," where she is one of the hosts. "I think God knows my heart. God knows the situation and I think that I can rest in that."

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.

Aside from her work in 3LW and The Cheetah Girls, Bailon 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. Aside from her work in film, she has also guest starred in numerous television series including the Disney Channel series That's So Raven and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Bailon has established a solo music career, contributing two solo tracks, including "What If", to The Cheetah Girls: One World soundtrack as well as the Confessions of a Shopaholic soundtrack, and numerous other guest musical ventures.

Currently, Bailon is one of the hosts of The Real talk show along with former fellow Disney Channel star Tamera Mowry, Jeannie Mai,Tamar Braxton and Loni Love, which premiered on July 15, 2013.

"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," Israel Houghton confessed in a Facebook post.

The former "Cheetah Girl" followed suit soon after on her daytime talk show and confirmed the relationship.

"Yes I am dating, his name is Israel Houghton as some of you guys may know. I think I'm more than anything grateful that I have a platform like this, where I can be with my girls. The show is called 'The Real,' it is a place where we can speak about the truth," the TV personality said. "With that being said, the man pictured here is not married. Praise God."





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