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Article By Fred Jackson // EEW Magazine Reporter

Multi-Grammy®, Stellar and Dove Award winning artist, songwriter and producer, Israel Houghton has announced his divorce from his wife Meleasa Houghton after more than 20 years of marriage.

Though the worship leader did not give specific reasons for the split, in a Feb. 22 Facebook post, he acknowledged it was due to his own failure.

“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,” the 44-year-old “Friend of God” singer wrote on Instagram—finally going public with marital issues he and his wife have been dealing with privately for quite some time.

“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,” the worship leader at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood church explained.

According to Houghton, who won the Best Gospel Album Grammy® last week for his album, Israel Houghton & NewBreed – Covered: Alive in Asia, he is now working to get his life back on track after his marriage-ending indiscretion.

“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,” he said.

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