Adrienne Bailon, an actress, and singer admits that being a mother has not been a simple path for her, but she is overjoyed to finally be able to embrace the role with all of her heart after giving birth to her first child with her husband of six years, Israel Houghton.
Adrienne Bailon, who has been a co-host on “The Real” for a very long time, has never been shy about expressing her desire to have a family in the future. Her adventure started the same year that she married the love of her life, the gospel musician Israel Houghton, in the city of Paris.
Her cohosts on “The Real,” Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jeannie Mai, and Loni Love, as well as radio celebrity Angie Martinez, were among the seventy people that attended the wedding.
During the ceremony, which took place at the Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris, the couple exchanged their vows, and Bailon could not control her enthusiasm over the enormous accomplishment she had just reached. She expressed her sense of gratitude and how privileged she felt, and she added:
“I can say without a doubt that I’ve never been happier in my whole life. I’ve never experienced anything quite like how I do right now. I can’t even begin to explain what it is, but it’s like complete calmness mixed with intense anticipation.”
After their beautiful wedding, the couple started the long and arduous process of attempting to have a family, which would take them years. During the course of the episode, Bailon would often reveal that she had always believed becoming pregnant was a simple process. She said that people have long had the misconception that being Latina and having broad hips would make it simpler to conceive a child. She also noted that this is not the case.
However, after she had tried for some time, she realized that conceiving a child was not always as simple as she had thought it would be. It turned out to be far more difficult for her to conceive and give birth to a kid that she could call her own than she had originally thought.
Even though it was challenging to come to terms with that fact, what made the situation even more intolerable was hearing people speculate about what was going on inside her body. She said that many people had the incorrect assumption that she was pregnant due to the broader appearance of her face.
During her presentation, she reminded the audience to always be sensitive to everyone’s journey and to embrace the fact that it does not occur in the timetable that one had always dreamed it would. She went on to say that
“I think for myself, I expected it would come so effortlessly for me, and it just hasn’t been that way,” she said. “I think for myself, I imagined it would happen so easily for me.”
Bailon never gave up hope, even as the years passed and there was still no sign of a favorable outcome. She maintained her positive outlook despite the onslaught of setbacks that she was experiencing. She said that one day, she would sob her eyes out because she was so frustrated, and then the following day, she would think of three more baby names to add to the list.
She and Houghton never stopped asking God for a miracle, and during all those years, they never stopped believing that He would grant them one. When it came to the vocalist of “Feels Like Love,” the question was never “if” but rather “when.” After many years of trying to maintain a positive outlook, the time had finally come.
Bailon and Houghton eventually brought their bundle of joy home with the help of a surrogate after five years of never-ending hardships and countless rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF).
The happy couple announced the wonderful news on their Instagram account and introduced the world to their new son, Ever James, with a picture that was black and white. They stated that God had, at last, answered the prayer that they had prayed several times before to this point. The first line of the post said, “Our newborn son arrives, and we are so in love!”
The article detailed how difficult the path had been for the couple, but they expressed gratitude to God for keeping His word and his promises throughout it all. They revealed that over the last nine months, they had been praying in silence and meditating on the amazing miracle and that just now, all that they felt was immense pleasure, love, and thankfulness. They wrote the following about their child:
“He is worth every single cry, every single disappointment, every single prayer that was postponed, every single IVF round, and every single loss.”
After that, they expressed their gratitude to God for the miracle and to their friends and family members who had supported them during their trip. They concluded the message by saying, “He’s here, and we have never been happier to lose sleep!”
Friends of the “Cheetah Girls” actress were just as pleased for her as she was, and many turned to the comment section to congratulate her and her husband on reaching this significant milestone in their marriage. The following are the compliments that actress Garcelle sent to Houghton and Bailon in a message that was accompanied by an emoji of prayer and a halo:
A simple “Congratulations…what a blessing!!” followed by a heart-eyes emoji was all that TV celebrity La La Anthony needed to say to communicate her joy with the happy couple.
Jeannie Mae, Bailon’s cohost on “The Real,” who also struggled with infertility before giving birth to her daughter Monaco with her husband Jeezy in January, was one of the first people to send her congratulations to Bailon once she found out she was going to be a mother.
“HE HAS ARRIVED!!!!! Lord, we are grateful to you for this gift of your thoughtful labor that you have created for Israel and Ade. Each and every second is an example of excellence.” She had written.
Bailon was already a loving stepmother to her husband’s children from previous relationships, despite the fact that having a child of her own had been one of her deepest and most enduring desires for the longest time.
Houghton has three children with his ex-wife Meleassa, including Sonny, a singer-songwriter who is also the director of marketing at Beat Bank; Lillie, who is also employed by Beat Bank; and Mariah, who is both a model and a creative. Jordan is the only child that Houghton has with a former girlfriend.
Bailon has maintained a tight relationship with Houghton’s children ever since the two of them began dating. She said this once, back in 2016, when she was doing an interview with Latina Magazine. She said that her stepchildren are fantastic little human beings, and it is simple to see why they are so well-adjusted to one other.
Bailon also highlighted how honored she was to be a permanent presence in the lives of her stepchildren because, as she would say, “When you love someone, you love all the pieces of them and their extensions.” Bailon’s stepchildren include her biological children and her husband’s biological children.
The diva said that her stepchildren do not refer to her as “stepmom,” but rather they call her “lit mom,” a reference to the fact that they have a “light” bond with one another.
Bailon has a very strong connection with all of her stepchildren; however, she is especially close with Mariah, who often makes appearances on the YouTube channel that the singer maintains under the moniker “All Things Adrienne.”
Bailon said that in addition to their family ties, she and Mariah work together at the singer’s jewelry brand firm XIXI. Mariah is the mastermind behind the company’s many social media channels, and Bailon describes Mariah as “a genius.”
Mariah does not take their friendship for granted and will be eternally grateful to Bailon for including her in decision-making, treating her as if she were a member of the family, and never making her feel as if she is being excluded.