Sunday, January 17, 2021

Adrienne Bailon: Israel Houghton Reveals How He Proposed In Paris (WATCH)

Israel Houghton, Adrienne Bailon*Adrienne Bailon and Israel Houghton were friends for years before they started dating, and on Monday’s episode of ‘The Real,’ Houghton dished on how he popped the question to the host last month in Paris during a boat ride around the French capital.

“I told the captain — the lights sparkle on the Eiffel Tower every hour for five minutes. So I said, ‘Toward the end of that, make sure we’re right by the tower,’” said the gospel singer, 45. “She was looking out the window. I said, ‘Turn around.’”

“You guys know I’m obsessed with social media and Instagram,” Bailon, 32, explained. “So everyone goes, ‘1, 2, 3!’ I throw [the rose petals], and he was on his knee.”

Houghton admits that he was uncertain if the former singer would accept.

“Of course I’m nervous [at the time],” Houghton gushed. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime woman.”

READ RELATED NEWS: Adrienne Bailon and Israel Houghton Get Engaged in Paris

Adrienne told PEOPLE that even before they considered each other as potential lovers, she tried to set up him with some of her friends.

“When he got officially divorced and started dating again, I immediately started to set him up with my friends,” Bailon, 32, tells PEOPLE of her singer-songwriter fiancé. “He didn’t think they’d want to go out with him but I told him, ‘Don’t be silly. You have a great smile, you’re successful, you’re kind, super witty, funny and smart. Of course they’ll go out with you.’ ”

“A while later, we were sitting in the corner together at a party and a friend of ours came up and said, ‘You guys have old love,’ ” she says.

“We both heard that, and it had impact on us. That was such a special choice of words, and I felt it was correct,” adds Houghton. “I felt a connection to her that I still can’t define.”

“He’s my best friend,” adds Bailon. “I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him.”

Check out the couple’s segment on ‘The Real’ below:

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.



  1. I don’t want to be cruel but I could not help but think when I read Bailon’s comment “I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with him,” that is probably what his first wife said.

  2. That idiot just insulted not only his kids but his ex-wife. Once in a life time woman my ass. There is a reason she was not married when he met her.


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