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Adrienne Houghton

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 20: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singer/actress Adrienne Bailon visits SiriusXM Studios on September 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

Adrienne Houghton started the new year by announcing her plans to try for a child in 2018.

“My wish for next year would be to start a family,” the 34-year-old said on The Real last December. “That would be my biggest dream come true. I’ve always said I want to be a mom. So um…prayers up and we will see what happens.”

Of course, the year has been going at rapid speed, and while Houghton and husband Israel haven’t announced a pregnancy just yet, people have consistently asked her if she is with child. She doesn’t take the questions personally, but as she told her co-hosts and the audience this week, people should be more sensitive to the reality that no one can control when they have a child.

“I know you guys are like, ‘Is she pregnant? Her face is fuller.’ FYI, I’ve always had a really chubby face, so that’s not what it is,” she said. “As I told the audience yesterday, I had McGriddles and things to eat yesterday. But I think you should be sensitive to that. As an audience, we should be sensitive to the fact that everybody doesn’t get pregnant right away. I think for myself, I thought it would happen so easily for me and it just hasn’t happened that way. I have had to come to peace with that, that it will happen when it’s God’s timing and I believe in that and I have faith in all of that. But it can be really discouraging and it can be really frustrating. So, I think I looked at myself and in my mind, I was like, ‘I’m a Cheetah Girl! I’m 19 years old!’ And then I woke up and was like, ‘Actually, I’m going to be 35 in a few weeks.’ That makes a big difference. I can feel as youthful as I want on the inside and in my heart, but my ovaries are what they are, you know what I’m saying? That sucks to hear that.”

Houghton told us earlier this year that despite the inquiries about when she will get pregnant, she doesn’t regret telling people about her hopes to get pregnant and knows that people wish her well underneath it all.

“I get it. I pray that it’s more so that people are excited and hopeful for me rather than, you know, that I’m enjoying too many carbs [laughs]. But I take it all with a grain of salt,” she said. “I can’t believe I’ve been in this industry for 20 years. But you learn to have thick skin, and I always say that I never take things personal if I don’t know you personally. And I think the people that know me, they know my journey and they know that I’m not pregnant. That’s not something where you announce, “Hey, I want to get pregnant,” and then the next day, you’re announcing on television, “Hey, I’m pregnant.” It doesn’t work that way.”

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