Israel Houghton is one of the modern marvels of worship music today. The multi time Grammy and Stellar Award winning singer/songwriter has traveled the world sharing The Gospel and inspiring hope in some of the most creative and artistic expressions. As always, when looking at those who we see on stage, red carpets, and even on the screens of our mp3 players, we never know the struggles and issues our favorite inspiring figures go through. Earlier today, Israel release a statement on facebook.
“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. 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. We thank you for your prayers and for allowing us to handle this privately with those who are set over us in this process.
As we look in from the outside and hear the public whispers, please keep all parties involved in prayer!