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Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Adrienne Bailon and Israel Houghton dated for only six month before they got engaged. The Grammy Award winning gospel singer popped the question in Paris, France with an enormous ring, which Bailon shared on Instagram. For the special occasion, Houghton flew out her parents, who were also celebrating their wedding anniversary.

Earlier in the year, the 45-year-old divorced his wife of 20 years whom he has four children with. Bailon had recently ended her relationship as well, breaking off her seven-month engagement with music executive Lenny Santiago.

In a chat with People Magazine, the couple talks about how their journey from friends to soon-to-be married happened.

Adrienne says

“When he got officially divorced and started dating again, I immediately started to set him up with my friends. 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.’ After one of the dates, I asked my friend, ‘What do you think?’ And she was, like, ‘He’s just not my type’. I was so offended. I was like, ‘What do you mean he’s not your type? He’s got dimples! He’s got the best smile, brows of a god, his skin basically glows and he plays mad instruments. It doesn’t get any better than that!’ Her response was, ‘Why don’t you date him?!’ 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.'”

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

According to Adrienne, “My friend told me, ‘You have to kiss him. You can just be friends, but you’ll know if it’s meant to be more the moment you kiss him,’ and now we’re getting married, so you can see how that kiss went.”

Talking about the media storm they had to weather so early in their relationship, Israel says, “We were in Mexico and she got the call that the paparazzi had photos of us together. It turned into a day and a half of us deleting comments and blocking people on Instagram. There were multiple times I turned to her and said, ‘You can walk away if this isn’t worth it to you.’”

They also shared their engagement story.

Watch below.

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