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Cheetah Girls Star Adrienne Bailon Welcomes First Baby via Surrogate

“He is worth every tear, every disappointment, every delayed prayer, every IVF cycle, every miscarriage. Everything. All we feel is joy and overwhelming love & gratitude."
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August 16, 2022
Israel Houghton and Adrienne Bailon attend the Elton John AIDS Foundation's 30th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on March 27, 2022 in West Hollywood, California
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Cheetah Girls star Adrienne Bailon, and her husband Israel Houghton have officially welcomed their first child together via surrogate!

Bailon shared the happy news via an Instagram post on August 16. Bailon captioned a sweet photo with her new son and husband, "Ever James. For this child we have prayed. Just to hear our baby cry. Skin to skin and face to face. Heart to heart and eye to eye. Our baby boy is here and we are so in love!”

The Real television host went on to talk about her difficult journey to motherhood through surrogacy. “If you have followed our love story, you know that our journey to baby has been very challenging. But God is true to his word and his promises. We have quietly prayed while sitting on this most magnificent secret for the last 9 months,” Bailon wrote.

“He is worth every tear, every disappointment, every delayed prayer, every IVF cycle, every miscarriage. Everything. All we feel is joy and overwhelming love & gratitude. Grateful to God, to our angel surrogate and to all of our friends and family who have stood with us for over 5 years on this journey. He’s here and we have never been happier to lose sleep! #HappilyEverHoughton,” she added.

Bailon and Houghton’s friends, family and fans expressed their excitement in the comments. Bailon’s former The Real co-host and new mom Jeannie Mai Jenkins, wrote “HE IS HERE! Lord thank you for this gift You spent quality time making [him] for Israel and Ade. Every second of perfection. Thank you for his genius mind and adorable smile that’s bout to light up our world! We’ve been waiting for u Ever!! Monaco’s ready for matching outfits.”

Fellow Disney star Tamera Mowry also celebrated Ever’s birth, “Wooooo-hooooo! Cried so many tears of joy today! So happy for you my love! See you guys sooooon,” she wrote.

Bailon and Houghton tied the knot in Paris in November 2016. Two years after getting married, Adrienne shared her determination to be a mother despite setbacks. “I refuse to let this be the end of my story,” she told OK! Magazine. “I know that it’s not. And I love it that I tell myself, it’s not a question of will I be a mother, it’s a question of when. And I promised myself that I’m sticking to it.”

Power to this determined mamma and our congratulations to her on baby boy Ever James!

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