Beloved gospel and CCM singer Israel Houghton has become the inadvertent subject of wild media attention following a report on gossip website TMZ. On yesterday, the site broke news of the pairing with photographs of the two taken during a getaway in Mexico. It didn’t take long for the rumor mill to get to churning, either. Both Houghton and Adrienne Bailon has confirmed their new found romance, meanwhile Houghton has had to quash speculation that his involvement with the Cheetah and Church Girl brought an end to his marriage to his former wife, Meleasa.
Last month Houghton took to Facebook to announce the dissolution of his marriage to Meleasa. In the post, he also took responsibility for his actions that caused their marriage harm. The public was ready to forgive him and did quickly by announcing their support of him and his former wife, even applauding their integrity handling such a painful matter.
The news this week has been devastating understandably as many weren’t quite ready to see Houghton with a new hotty, so to speak. Both Houghton and Bailon contend that there was no behavior between them that contributed to the marriage ending, though the two were confirmed as a couple before the official divorce decree was tendered.
Some will find it difficult to again support Houghton while others take it all in stride. Life happens and you must move on, even beyond your own personal failures and shortcomings. On Houghton’s current radio single, he coincidentally teams up with Tye Tribbett who also dealt with marital indiscretion to sing about the majesty of God’s grace toward us all.
Your grace is chasing me down, chasing me down. Goodness and mercy following me! – Israel Houghton, Chasing Me Down
Houghton, his family and his former wife Meleasa are all experiencing a new chapter in their lives and deserve the prayers and support of those with a pure heart. But, as with any issue made public or played out in public, there will be detractors. In the words of Houghton’s Pastor, Joel Osteen:
“If you can’t be positive, at least stay quiet.”
As you see this story reported via entertainment news, remember to pray for Israel Houghton and for this next phase of his life and ministry. You can be sure that Houghton never thought his lyrics could mean more initially, but it’s the refrain of his 2012 smash “Moving Forward” that puts his current plight into a fresh, new perspective.
“I’m not going back, I’m moving ahead
Here to declare to You my past is over in You
All things are made new, surrendered my life to Christ
I’m moving, moving forward…” – Moving Forward, Israel Houghton