Deitrick Haddon, star of Oxygen's upcoming "Preachers of L.A." reality show and successful gospel artist, remarried last Saturday to Dominique Mctyer, the mother of his one-year-old daughter, which now makes for his second marriage after divorcing from his gospel singer ex-wife of 15 years, Damita Haddon, in 2011.
Haddon went public with his engagement in January, four months after announcing his divorce was finalized in what was a year-long process. Before his first marriage was legally dissolved, Haddon pastored a church that he took over from his father, but was later shunned by members because they did not agree with his divorce and relationship choices. In an interview with the Yolanda Adams radio show earlier this year, he admitted hitting rock bottom to the point of wanting to disregard his calling after he left his leadership role.
"I experienced that, how you can be so hurt from people and things that happen in life that you say, 'I don't care nothing about church, singing no gospel music, I don't care nothing about none of it. I'm just trying to live!'" said Haddon. "When you go through something like that, you kind of lose your mind for a minute, and I actually lost my mind for a minute. But thank God for His mercy and grace. He brought me back."
In the trailer of his anticipated show, Deitrick also displayed his frustration for wanting to move forward and said he had a newfound perspective in trying to restore his life and ministry again.
"It's all about the truth for me from this point on," he said in the trailer. "The truth about my baby out of wedlock, the truth about my divorce. It happened. There's nothing I can do about that. I'm a pastor but at the end of the day, I'm a man," he said.
"Preachers of L.A.," which is slated for the Fall, has already come under heavy criticism by Christians for featuring Deitrick's lavish lifestyle alongside other megachurch pastors from Southern California. In a previous interview with The Christian Post, Haddon explained that audiences will gain insight from watching the show and his personal life will shed perspective on what it is like to lead a church.
"I'm one of the producers of the show and I thought it was necessary for people to get an inside look on what it takes to be a man of the cloth. It's not easy. ... The problem we have in the church is we have been projecting perfection and allowing other people to put us on a pedestal when at the end of the day we are human just like them. I think people will go to church on Sunday and appreciate their pastor more because it's not easy to walk in such a high calling," he said.
Aside from promoting his show, Haddon is gearing up to tour for his upcoming album, R.E.D.: Restoring Everything Damaged, set to release on Sept. 3.