Things have been rough for “The Real” talk show host Adrienne Bailon and her new Gospel singing boyfriend Israel Houghton.
Since news of their relationship was made public, the two have been under fire for what many are alleging was a secret affair Israel was having on his wife of twenty years.
However, despite Israel coming out publicly and denying that he and Adrienne were dating during the “good times” of his marriage, it’s just been revealed that he’s been released from his duties as a worship leader at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church and placed on indefinite leave after revealing he and his wife were divorcing over his infidelities.
Houghton, 44, worked as a minister at Lakewood Church as far back as 2011. But recently, Radar reported, he was mysteriously wiped from the website. A rep for the church confirmed to Radar that he is no longer part of the fold after announcing his divorce amid cheating rumors in February.
A rep for Lakewood told Radar exclusively, “Lakewood Church released Israel Houghton from his responsibilities as a worship leader [in February] and placed him on indefinite leave. Since that time, he has not been featured in any Lakewood Church related activities.”
The rep continued, “Lakewood Church is not at liberty to discuss publicly any details regarding Israel’s personal situation, but stands ready to provide Israel with spiritual counseling and guidance should he choose to seek it.”
As Radar reported, Houghton was spotted on a steamy Mexican getaway with Bailon at the Dreams resort in Tulum over the weekend. He was still wearing a wedding band, although he announced in February he and his wife Meleasa were splitting after 20 years. He admitted at the time that he had “failed and sinned” against his wife.