Israel Houghton, who recently announced that he and his wife had divorced because of his infidelity, and who is now dating The Real co-host Adrienne Bailon is on leave from Lakewood Church, a church representative has confirmed.
Radar Online reported that a Lakewood ministry representative confirmed that the worship leader is on indefinite leave from the Joel Osteen led mega church.
“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,” said the statement.
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.”
Though the freshly divorced worship leader admits his 20-year marriage ended because of his infidelity, he denies what he calls “untrue” and “salacious” reports that Adrienne Bailon was ever his mistress.
“I understand that gossip and salacious untrue speculative stories are far more interesting and entertaining than the truth & facts. But, it’s incredibly unfair to allow someone to carry the burden, blame & shame of something they had nothing to do with,” he said, defending the honor of his 32-year-old girlfriend in a March 22 Facebook post.