The public had quite a bit to say after Adrienne Bailon married famed gospel singer Israel Houghton and became Mrs. Houghton. The Real‘s host had her name dragged through the mud as people accused her of carrying on an affair with Israel while he was still married to his first wife, Meleasa. On a recent episode of The Real, Adrienne spoke openly about the judgment she’s received from church folks and feeling insecure when she visits her place of worship.
“They say ‘Come as you are,’ but do you make people feel that way?” she asked. “And I have found places and churches and incredible people who actually just don’t call themselves Christians, but they are Christ-like in the way they love people. So I’m grateful for that and I also don’t make excuses for myself. I’m not perfect.” She also said the opinions of others have made her hyper-aware of the styles of clothes she wears, as she’s regularly called out for showing too much skin.
“I’m not going to front, I try now even to be conscious of it,” she said. “Jeannie gets mad at me for it. She always tells me don’t change who you are. But I am conscious of it, not so much for myself but for my husband. Y’all could talk all you want about me, but you’re not going to talk about him. That’s how I feel, so I try to be mindful when it comes to him.”
Adrienne’s comments come as a response to actress Meagan Good who told D.L. Hughley that she purposefully doesn’t attend church that often. Good’s husband, DeVon Franklin, is a best-selling author, motivational speaker, and part-time preacher, but because the actress hasn’t felt welcome at church, she refrains from attending.
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“It’s unfortunate because we’re supposed to be the biggest lovers. And it’s like even if you disagree with someone or you don’t think what they’re doing is right, you’re supposed to mind your own business and pray for that person. Other times, you’re supposed to correct in love if that’s what God told you to do. And there was no correction in love. It was like a complete assault.”