As of today, Christian News stated that a source close to Joel Osteen and the Lakewood Church said, “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.”
It is alleged that his leave was set because of infidelity and recent activities with his marriage .
As of late, Israel Houghton and former girlfriend, Adrienne Bailon’s relationship or lack there of, is rumored to have been the reason for Houghton and his 20 year marriage to Meleasa to, end in divorce.
There have been pictures of him and Adrienne together and many different speculations have come across the internet. He posted something on Facebook to address the issue and is leaving it at that for now.
See Facebook post below:
"It is with a collective heavy heart that we announce that after over 20 years of marriage and a long separation, Meleasa and I are officially divorced. Several years ago I failed and sinned in my marriage. Though this is new to many, it is not new to us as we have been working through this for over 5 years. Although we tried, the challenges in our relationship have proven too much to overcome. We have always handled our family and ministry with grace and generosity toward others, discretion, and privacy. So, for the sake of our amazing kids, we are also handling this privately with pastoral oversight and assistance," he wrote. "We choose to remain friendly and kind to each other going forward. I am in the process of restoration and I have repented for my actions. Although I am sincerely sorry, and forgiven, I soberly realize that I will live with the consequences of my failings for the rest of my life. As this has become a public matter I want to apologize to the many who have supported my ministry through the years. I’m sorry for the many who will be hurt to learn of my personal failure. I regret any pain or disappointment that this news may cause you."