Adrienne Bailon hasn’t been shy about sharing her fertility struggles with followers. However, when the Cheetah Ladies star came upon that the surrogate her and her husband Israel Houghton employed was pregnant again in December, she opted to maintain the information to herself for the sake of her psychological well being.
Bailon first came upon that her surrogate was pregnant on December 11, 2021. “Honestly, everyone was shocked,” Bailon defined to PEOPLE, saying she solely informed six folks near her. “Even my sister, who watched The Real throughout the whole last season, literally said to me, ‘Adrienne, I am impressed.’ She’s like, ‘I am so proud of you. You are really holding this.’ I did that because it was really sacred to me.”
Bailon and Houghton welcomed their child boy Ever James in August. They shared the information on Instagram on August 16. “Our baby boy is here & we are so in love! 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 captioned a candy snap of her, her husband, and their son.
“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!”
Having expertise 5 years that’s the emotional rollercoaster of navigating fertility points, Bailon felt this was an necessary transfer for “my own mental wellbeing and for my family. I was just like, ‘I’m just not going to say anything.’ It was actually very peaceful that way. You didn’t have other people’s opinions.”
The former The Real host has previously experienced eight failed in-vitro fertilization cycles and a miscarriage. She then decided to look into surrogacy, which she admits was “quite nerve-wracking.”
“Any person else has your baby with them. We name it excessive babysitting for 9 months. It may well trigger you to be actually anxious. You are simply pondering, ‘Oh, is every little thing going okay? What’s taking place?’ I really feel like having folks ask me, ‘How’s every little thing going?’ That was going to make me that rather more anxious, so I simply needed to have peace and have slightly pleasure that I may maintain for myself each day and one thing to look ahead to.”
Congrats to the new family of three!