Adrienne Bailon has spent much of her adult life looking for love in the spotlight. The former 3LW and Cheetah Girls star grew up in the public eye. We saw her puppy love relationship with Rob Kardashian come together and fall apart in the early seasons of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Though she”s maintained her friendships with members of the Kardashian family, per Insider, Bailon decided to go her own way.
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In 2015, after six years with Roc Nation executive Lenny Santiago, Bailon announced the two were engaged (via Us Weekly). Sadly, it didn”t last. The two broke off the engagement and the relationship that September.
“Life lessons are hard but I”m grateful that I have a platform to share my journey and hopefully encourage, inspire, or just let women know they are not alone and to never give up on finding love. I still believe,” she shared. Bailon”s patience paid off in a big way. Today, she”s happily married to Christian music singer Israel Houghton, but the road there wasn”t exactly easy.
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Adrienne Bailon and Israel Houghton first met in 2013 at an event at the Christian Cultural Center in New York, they told Yahoo Lifestyle. Later that year, they worked together on I”m in Love With a Church Girl, which Bailon starred in and he produced, per IMDb. The two stayed friends following the film.
Houghton and his first wife, Meleasa, split in 2015. Their divorce wasn”t yet finalized when he and Bailon began being spotted together in 2016, which led many to believe he was cheating on Meleasa with her, as Bailon explained during an episode of The Real.”Yes, I am dating. His name is Israel Houghton, as some of you guys may know,” she said. “This man pictured here is not married. Praise God!”
Houghton also refuted the rumors in a statement on his Facebook. “I met Adrienne Bailon a bit over two years ago. We worked together and became friends. Our circles connected and we remained good friends. From a friendship, as two single adults, we have very recently begun to explore a dating relationship.”
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Houghton took Bailon on a boat ride on the Seine River during a trip to Paris in August 2016. He baited her into doing something cute for Instagram, but he had other plans.
“He”s like, “If you take these rose petals and you turn around and you throw them, we”ll get you in slow motion and it”ll be such a cool thing for Instagram,”” she told Yahoo Lifestyle. “So I”m like OK I got this. And so when I turned around to throw the rose petals, he was on his knee.”
Three months later, the two were married on 11/11, in Paris. Now, they are working on starting a family together. Adrienne Bailon has spent much of this last year getting in the best shape of her life to prepare.
“I knew that wanting to have a baby, I want to be in the best shape of my life. I really buckled down this summer and just made it happen,” she told HOLA! USA. “I got into a routine of working out, so that the day I”m pregnant, I can continue to be consistent with working out.”