Adrienne Bailon and her husband Israel Houghton had their first baby

Congratulations to Adrienne Bailon and Israel Houghton, who just announced a huge surprise: the birth of their first child through surrogacy.

“Ever James,” the 38-year-old former “The Real” co-host wrote on Instagram on Tuesday, sharing a photo of the couple holding their newborn son.

The birth came as a complete surprise to the public, as Bailon has already shared her difficulty conceiving.

“Our baby boy is here and we are so in love! If you’ve been following our love story…you know our journey to being a baby has been very difficult, but God is true to his word and his promises,” he said. she continued. “We have been praying quietly sitting on this most magnificent secret for the past 9 months. It is worth every tear, every disappointment, every delayed prayer, every IVF cycle, every miscarriage.”

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Bailon thanked “our surrogate angel” and his loved ones, “who have accompanied us for more than 5 years on this journey”, adding of his son, “He is here and we have never been so happy to lose the sleep!”

In 2018, bailon said on the old talk show (which was canceled this year after an eight-season run) that trying to get pregnant “isn’t what I thought it would be,” especially when faced with speculation and gossip.

“I thought it would happen so easily for me and it just didn’t happen that way,” she said.

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Bailon added: “I had to make peace with it, that it will happen when it’s God’s time and I believe in it and I have faith in it all. But it can be really daunting and it can be really frustrating.”

The former member of the Cheetah Girls married her gospel singer husband and “best friend in the whole world” in November 2016.

Ever James is Bailon’s first child and Houghton’s fifth; he has four other children from a previous relationship.

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