Adrienne BailonThe road to motherhood has not been easy, but she never lost faith! Bailon and her husband Israel Houghton discovered that the surrogate mother she hired was pregnant on December 11, 2021, which turned out to be one of the happiest days of her life.
Despite their joy, Adrienne and Israel decided to keep her pregnancy private even from the closest people in their lives and gave PEOPLE the scoop on your decision to do so.
Honestly, everyone was surprised. Even my sister, who watched ‘The Real’ for the entire last season, literally said to me, ‘Adrienne, I’m blown away.’ She says, ‘I’m so proud of you. You’re really holding this. I did it because it was really sacred to me.”
The former ‘Cheetah Girls’ star had been very open about her conception problems in the past, she felt it was important this time to protect herself and her family from potential disappointment.
It was important to me for my own mental well-being and that of my family. I was like, ‘I’m just not going to say anything.’ In fact, it was very peaceful that way. You didn’t have other people’s opinions.”
Adrienne and Israel experienced eight failed IVF cycles and one miscarriage before doctors advised them to explore surrogacy with the only viable embryo Adrienne had at the time. She shared that the process gave her hope, but it came with her own emotional trauma.
I have to be honest, even the surrogacy process can be quite stressful. Someone else has their child with them. We call it extreme childcare for nine months. It can make you really anxious.”
Bailon described the experience of giving birth as “an absolute miracle”, revealing that she has not given up hope that she will be able to get pregnant in the future. Adrienne revealed that doctors discovered that she has five embryos left.
Adrienne and Israel’s first child, Ever James, was born on August 16.