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Israel Hougton Denies Cheating on His Wife With New Girlfriend Adrienne Bailon

Israel Houghton
Israel HoughtonVincent Sandoval/FilmMagic

Not that kind of cheat-a girl! Adrienne Bailon’s boyfriend, Israel Houghton, took to Facebook on Tuesday, March 22, to defend his relationship with the Cheetah Girls actress and singer.

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Houghton, 44, explained in his post that Bailon, 32, had nothing to do with his divorce from his estranged wife, Melissa. The Grammy award–winning Christian music artist filed for divorce from his ex after 20 years of marriage last month, and was recently spotted getting cozy with Bailon in Tulum, Mexico.

While addressing the tragic news of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks on Brussels, Houghton expressed his frustration with having to explain his new romance.

“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,” he shared. “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.”

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“It deeply saddens me that an innocent party would be dragged into this situation that I have taken personal responsibility for,” he continued. “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.”

Adrienne Bailon and Israel Houghton
Bailon and Israel Houghton Victor Garcia

As previously reported by Us, Houghton executive-produced Bailon’s 2013 film I’m in Love With a Church Girl and has been separated from his ex for a while. 

“They normally hang out in group circles, but over spring break decided to take a trip alone together for the first time,” an insider told Us of their vacation to Mexico.

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Bailon was previously engaged to Lenny Santiago and was last linked to Rob Kardashian. They broke up after two years of dating in 2009.

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