According to a statement he released yesterday, both on his website and Facebook page, the divorce came after a long separation between the two.
In his statement, Israel said:
“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.
Gospelcrusader.com encourages all readers to keep Israel and family in prayers.
Israel Houghton & NewBreed few weeks ago won the Best Gospel Album in the 2016 GRAMMY® Awards with “COVERED: ALIVE IN ASIA (LIVE)”.
This made him a 6 time Grammy’s winner following Kirk Franklin who is now a 10 time winner.
Israel Houghton is an American music artist, worship leader and singer-songwriter. He is known for his cross-cultural style of Christian music that fuses elements from gospel, jazz, rock and reggae.
Houghton is usually credited as Israel & New Breed. Houghton is a worship leader at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.