NEW YORK – Adrienne Bailon-Houghton is taking us on a trip down memory lane, in more ways than one.
The TV host and singer, 39, said goodbye to her daytime talk show “The Real” in June after eight seasons and a Daytime Emmy win. She didn’t have too much down time to reflect: In August, she and husband Israel Houghton welcomed a child, Ever James, via surrogate. They “quietly prayed” while keeping the pregnancy a secret; Bailon-Houghton had gone through eight unsuccessful rounds of in vitro fertilization in five years.
This month, Bailon-Houghton is a part of two TV reboots. She originally appeared on “MTV Cribs” as a member of 3LW and recently showcased her Beverly Hills home on the relaunched series with her Grammy-winning singer-songwriter husband. And she’s a part of the rebooted “E! News” (Mondays through Thursdays, 11:30 pm ET) co-hosting alongside Justin Sylvester. The long-running series was canceled in 2020.
Bailon-Houghton stopped by USA TODAY’s Manhattan studio for a wide-ranging conversation about her former talk show, her young son and the major difference between her two “MTV Cribs” appearances. (Edited and condensed for clarity.)
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Question: You’re an open book on national television, but only told about six people that you and Israel were expecting a child. What was that like, going from one end of the spectrum to the other?
Answer: I actually shocked myself that I could keep something that was just for me. But at the same time, that was significant in even just my growth as a woman, that I don’t own anyone an explanation, and that everything isn’t for everyone. With social media, we actually believe that every moment needs to be shared. It’s OK have something that’s just for you, something that’s sacred, even for your mental well-being.
Your son already has a verified Instagram account. You’ve been in the public for more than two decades. How have those experiences informed how you’re going to be a parent?
Being in this industry for such a long time, I want my kids to have the most normal, most chill life. But at the same time, baby, we’re going to get you verified and we’re going to make sure that you have an Instagram account so that no one else takes it. So that was more the reason, and I’ve only done one post on there. And Israel’s main thing was, if he’s going to have an Instagram account, we are not going to speak for him.
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You and Israel did MTV Cribs?
we did I grew up loving “MTV Cribs.” And crazy enough, we did (the show) as 3LW. We had a home in Malibu that we rented and we shot it there. And then now doing it again is kind of is more special because it’s my actual home.
I’m like, ‘I’ve done ‘MTV Cribs’ before,’ and then I just thought to myself, ‘But have I really?’ I guess it was a thing back then… people really believed that they had to look like they were living larger than life. And yeah, I love that I actually get to show where I live, that it’s real.
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