Adrienne Bailon is finally addressing rumors that she was the reason her new boyfriend, Israel Houghton, and his wife divorced. On a new episode of The Real, the 32-year-old said the gospel singer was already a single man when they became romantically involved.
As a picture of the two from their recent Mexican vacation flashed behind her, the singer cleared up the claims. “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,” she said. “With that being said, the man pictured here is not married. Praise God.”
Houghton, who announced his divorce in February, took to Facebook shortly after pictures from he and Bailon’s Mexican R&R went public to slam reports that she was behind his split. In a lengthy statement, the 44-year-old said that his marriage had long been over by time they started dating.
“I met Adrienne Bailon a bit over 2 years ago, we worked together, and became friends… Our circles connected & we remained good friends. From a friendship, as two single adults we have recently begun to explore a dating relationship,” he wrote in part.
The talk show host said that people used the date of Houghton’s divorce announcement to figure out when they began dating, with many believing that there was an overlap between his marriage and their relationship.
“I think people see an announcement was made at the top of the year and then they see these photos and then they think, well let’s put this together, but this is why I’m grateful for things like this because it allows you to set the facts straight, and God forbid the facts get in the way of a really juicy story,” she said. “I’m going to say the truth and the truth of the matter is he isn’t married. He obviously is divorced.”
Watch Bailon discuss her new relationship below.