The Real host said she used to open the voice memo feature on her phone and leave it in her husband's car when they first started dating

Adrienne Bailon Houghton used to go to great lengths to keep tabs on her husband Israel.

During Friday’s episode of The Real, Bailon Houghton, 35, revealed that when she and Houghton, 47, first started dating, she had a few concerns — and in order to make sure he was committed, she would secretly record him.

“I’ve been doing this for years,” Bailon Houghton said to her co-hosts Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry.

“So there’s something called Voice Memo on your phone, and you can literally put it on Voice Memo, lock the phone, put it down, walk out the room, let y’all talk about me, walk back in, play it back outside the room, listen to what y’all said, walk back in and be like, ‘So Tam, you would say that sometimes I talk a lot?’ ” Bailon Houghton explained.

“And you’d be like, ‘Of course I would say that, you do talk a lot,’ right? Or, you could lie to me and be like, ‘I would never say that about you, Adrienne,’ and I’d be like, ‘bitch you lied!’ ”

Explaining how the method worked on her husband, Bailon Houghton said, “In the car, I left my phone on Voice Memo, put it into the side thing in the car, walked out and went into a store.”

“I was like, let me see what phone calls he makes. Let me see if he talks to anybody on the phone. You’re just getting to know each other,” Bailon Houghton continued.

Thankfully, when she came back to listen to the recording, she found nothing concerning.

“He was writing a worship song in the damn car,” Bailon Houghton said.

“He was like, ‘Lord, I love you! Jesus — Oh, hallelujah!’ And I was like, ‘Aw, there’s nothing here.’ ”

Bailon Houghton later confessed what she had done to her husband, saying, ” ‘That was a cute song you was singing!’ ”

Israel Houghton and Adrienne Houghton

Bailon Houghton and Houghton got married in Paris in 2016.

“I genuinely just feel so blessed and grateful. I’ve honestly never been happier in my entire life,” Bailon Houghton told PEOPLE of getting married. “I’ve never felt what I feel right now. I can’t even describe what it is, but it’s such a peace mixed with total excitement.”

The couple has since made attempts to start a family, but it hasn’t been easy.

In September, Bailon Houghton opened up about her struggle to get pregnant.

Adrienne and Israel Houghton
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“It isn’t what I thought it would be,” Bailon Houghton explained to the audience when asked by co-host Love how the process of expanding her family has been going.

“I think that as an audience we should be sensitive to the fact that everybody doesn’t get pregnant right away,” Bailon Houghton continued. “I think for myself I thought it would happen so easily for me and it just hasn’t happened that way.”

Houghton has four children from a previous relationship: daughters Mariah and Milan and sons Jordan and Israel Houghton Sonny.