During Monday’s episode of The Real, co-host Adrienne Houghton shared that she has some regrets when it comes to what she’s revealed on the show, specifically when it comes to her hygiene. If you’ll recall, in 2017, the women talked about Tiffany Haddish’s PSA with Method at the time to promote the importance of washing your hands. During that conversation, Adrienne was given the side-eye for saying that she doesn’t always wash her hands, and that people who are germaphobes are more likely to get sick. Looking back on that revelation, and the way people have twisted her words since, the 35-year-old said she probably should have kept that to herself.
“I regret the conversation about the washing of the hands,” she said this week, noting that people have assumed that she always bypasses the sink after using the toilet now. Co-host Tamera Mowry-Housley admitted she’s second-guessed where Adrienne’s hands have been from time to time.
“Honestly, when you were at the tasting room I thought about that,” Tamera said of Adrienne visiting she and husband Adam’s wine tasting room. “I was like, she was pouring, what are people going to think?”
“Sometimes the small things you say can be blown out of proportion, people!” Adrienne replied. “I said specifically that if I woke up in the middle of the night and I went to use the bathroom in my home, and I got back in my bed, I might not always wash my hands. If I’m mad tired I might just go back to sleep!”
Loni Love gave her co-host the strongest side-eye throughout the whole conversation, while Jeannie Mai said, “Same sin, girl.”
Adrienne disagreed, clarifying that while she does wash her hands when she’s out in the world, in her own home, she doesn’t always have to. Unfortunately though, people have taken her admission to mean she overall isn’t keeping her hands clean.
“It might be the same sin but people thought I don’t wash my hands at all,” she said. “So literally I’ve been in public restrooms and I get out the stall, still adjusting my skirt. Before I even made it anywhere, there’s a girl going, ‘Make sure you wash your hands.’ Literally, the door barely hit me in the back!”
“I still keep it real. I absolutely always wash my hands in a public restroom,” she added. “I always wash my hands during the day. If I am in a dead sleep and I just had to pee real quick, I may not always wash my hands before getting back in the bed. That’s just the truth.”
And if you were wondering if this germ-y knob lifestyle bothers her husband, Israel Houghton, she says, “He don’t care.”
In her defense, Adrienne did point out that she only forgoes washing her hands at home when the initial conversation occurred two years ago. However, she didn’t make it sound like she makes a special concession to always wash her hands when she has a bowel movement at home. That was likely why people were so grossed out.
“What did I touch? It’s my house,” she said at the time. “The toilet paper touches my behind. I don’t touch my behind. Not this skin. I’m not always touching my behind. Sometimes I just go number one.”
Just wash your hands, girl…
Check out the conversation where Adrienne attempts to clear her name, below: