Adrienne Bailon denies boyfriend Israel Houghton is married

"He obviously is divorced," the television personality said of Houghton.

By Annie Martin
Adrienne Bailon at the Latina Hot List party on October 6, 2015. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/b5999234e3b35b15b3fc10e980bb97da/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Adrienne Bailon at the Latina Hot List party on October 6, 2015. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, April 6 (UPI) -- Adrienne Bailon is setting the record straight on her relationship with boyfriend Israel Houghton.

The 32-year-old television personality denied the 44-year-old singer is married on Tuesday's episode of The Real following rumors she and Houghton started dating while he was wed to Meleasa Houghton.


"This man pictured here is not married," Bailon told her co-hosts. "I think it's important to clarify things because people can put up headlines and you run away with that and no one actually reads the articles or they miss big public announcements."

"People were saying [that] I was the cause of his divorce," she acknowledged. "The truth of the matter is, that isn't the case. He obviously is divorced. He had put out a statement saying he had failed in his marriage about five years back. I didn't know him at the time."

Houghton and his ex-wife married in 1994 and share three children, Mariah, Israel and Milan. The singer announced his divorce in February, just weeks before he and Bailon were first linked, and admitted to his previous infidelity.

"It is with a collective heavy heart that we announce that after 20 years or marriage and a long separation, Meleasa and I are officially divorced," he said in a since-deleted Facebook post.


"Several year ago I failed and sinned in my marriage," he confessed. "Though this is new to many, it is not new to us as we have been working through this for over five years. Although we tried, the challenges in our relationship have proven too much to overcome."

Houghton himself denied Bailon had anything to do with his divorce in another Facebook post in March. He told fans he and the television personality met "a bit over 2 years ago" and "recently [began] 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," the singer said. "It seems to be simple math that I had not even yet met Adrienne during the time my marriage was falling apart."

Bailon previously dated reality star Rob Kardashian and ended her engagement to Roc Nation executive Lenny Santiago in September. She has hosted The Real since 2013 and last released the single "Don't Give Up On Us" in 2015.

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