Adrienne Bailon and Israel Houghton Welcome a Baby Boy: "He Is Worth Every Tear"

Adrienne Bailon is a mom! On Aug. 16, Bailon, 38, and her husband, Israel Houghton, 51, announced the arrival of their son, Ever James. The couple shared a black-and-white photo of themselves cradling their newborn in an Instagram post. "Our baby boy is here & we are so in love!" they wrote in the caption. "If you have followed our love story. . .you know that our journey to baby has been very challenging."

They went on to describe their elation at their baby's arrival. "He is worth every tear, every disappointment, every delayed prayer, every IVF cycle, every miscarriage. Everything," they wrote. "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!"

Bailon married Gospel singer Houghton in 2016. They have been open about their struggle to conceive since then. "We get these bad notices and it'll be like 'and it didn't work this time' or you know, I've done multiple cycles of IVF and so many other things, and I'll be sad for a day," Bailon said in a 2018 interview with OK! "And like the next day . . . I'll be like, 'OK, I found three new baby names.' I don't know why, I refuse to let this be the end of my story. 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 [and] that it will happen."

Houghton is already a father to four kids — Maria, Sonny, and Milan, and Jordan Houghton.