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Bobby Brown Issues STATEMENT About Funeral Drama+Celebs Leave In Mourning

After Whitney Houston's touching funeral today in Newark, New Jersey, her close family and celebrity friends were spotted leaving in mourning.

 

The pictures, plus Bobby Brown's statement on the drama causing him to leave the funeral early, inside. *Updated with statements from Bobby Brown, Jr.  & Aretha Franklin.*

15 minutes into today's services at New Hope Baptist Church, Bobby brown was seen exiting in a visibly upset manner.  It was reported he left because of a seating dispute.  Bobby brought 9 people (including his other children) to the ceremony but was technically only allowed 3. It was also reported he was not asked to leave, despite the rumors saying so, but left on his own accord.  Here is Bobby's statement he issued today in full:

“My children and I were invited to the funeral of my ex-wife Whitney Houston. We were seated by security and then subsequently asked to move on three separate occasions. I fail to understand why security treated my family this way and continue to ask us and no one else to move. Security then prevented me from attempting to see my daughter Bobbi-Kristina. In light of the events, I gave a kiss to the casket of my ex-wife and departed as I refused to create a scene. My children are completely distraught over the events. This was a day to honor Whitney. I doubt Whitney would have wanted this to occur. I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how.”

Deep sigh...

Meanwhile, fans, friends, and family of Whitney Houston continue to mourn her passing.  Pictures of Alicia Keys, Mary J Blige, Jessie Jackson, and Stevie Wonder leaving the services:


Whitney will be buried tomorrow next to her father.  Her casket will be guarded by 10 security guards while it waits in the cemetery.

UPDATE:

Bobby Brown Jr. has been communicatiing with fans via Facebook and he posted this pic saying, "Doing Fine, Been Better"

He also posted these comments:

I've never been so hurt in my life.

No matter how good, and what good my Father does. why do you guys always have to fucking lie about him and make him outto be this person HES NOT ,what did he ever do to yall man. Fucking scumbags I'm disgusted

What don't break you Sho nuff gonna fucking MAKE #TeamBrown is STRONG mark my word we taken over. Then what the media gon say? #FuckItImOnOne

 

And Aretha Franklin said.....

Although she did not attend Whitney Houston's funeral (she said her legs cramped up on her after a concert on Friday) Aretha took the stage on Saturday and did her own tribute.

Sitting at a piano at Radio CIty Music Hall, Aretha played "I Will Always Love You" and turned it into a gospel tribute.  Between lyrics, she added,

"She was a very fine young lady.....one of the best, greatest singers.  She was giving, gave so much of herself."

 

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@ ZAPPY You are WRONG. Bobby

@ ZAPPY You are WRONG. Bobby Brown did not follow instructions. PERIOD. Bobby showed up at an invitation only event with NINE extra people. And to make matters worst he demanded to be seated with ALL of them. All the Church asked him to do was MOVE. And Krissy was aware he was there. Bobby was there for the wrong REASONS. Bobby should have shown up ONLY with his Three Children. And if they asked him to move he should have MOVED. Bobby was not Whitney's current husband she DIVORCED him. He was invited...NOT the NINE other people he came there with. And if they asked him to MOVE around he should have moved. He should have shown support to his daughter by doing what he was TOLD. It was very hurtful for those who loved Whitney to even see him there. Bobby is an EGO maniac and he proved that yesterday. He had no regard for his own children and the relationship they had with Whitney. Bobby is selfish and was a terrible influence on Whitney and his own daughter. You don't know what you're talking about.....like all the other Bobby Brown apologists in this room. Whitney needed MORE people who loved and supported her and she would still be ALIVE. Bobby cared only about Whitney's money and he played off her insecurities and he was very ABUSIVE
FuriouS Styles™'s picture

Furious, how do you know

Furious, how do you know this? You don't know.......
Anonymous's picture

To Mr. Bobby Brown, despair

To Mr. Bobby Brown, despair not, God gives us all a test, and this very well may be yours. If nothing more, just remember the Whitney you knew and know that throughout her struggles, she always spoke of how much she loved you. May God bless, hold and keep you. In body, mind and spirit.
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Bobby was an attention seeker

Bobby was an attention seeker bipolar non-mother effing factor at Whitney’s service. If he wasn’t after the attention and wanted to be there for his daughter, they could have sat his ass 20 rows back, on the wall or split his entourage up with one on every row, he would have kept the peace and stayed. He has always sought attention on Whitney's coattails and today was no different. I don’t feel sorry for treatment of Bobby one bit because today was not about him, but as usual he tried to make it about him. If he wanted to tell why he left the services, he could have held off until next week and made his statement out of respect for his daughter, if no one else. But no, he got to have his name in the headline news. Somebody please let Bobby know, nobody gives two donkey plies of manure about him, it was Whitney everybody loved and people just tolerated him. We know Whitney loved him with every fiber of her being and believed in the sanctity of marriage is probably why she held on for so long taking his abuse. Being Bobby’s wife took a toll on Whitney she had to expend so much energy, her career, her self respect and her bank account to be with him. In my opinion he resented her for her successful career as his career did not blow up like he thought after he left New Edition. Whitney did what so many women do, stay in a dysfunctional marriage or relationship because you don’t want to admit failure. I’m glad she finally got the strength to pull away from him and was finding some happiness in the last few years. Because when a man have affairs on you, bring women to your home and then hark and spit on you, he’s telling you right then and there what he think of you.
It's My Opinion's picture

Agreed, It's My Opinion

Agreed, It's My Opinion
praythenmindyourown's picture

If you caught that service

If you caught that service yesterday then you know how anchored Whitney was in THE LORD. HE wouldn't take her to what HE couldn't bring her through. Whitney was GOD's tool and HE placed her right where he needed her to be. Bobby's already a better person for having shared time with Whitney because I'm sure some seeds were planted in his spirit that even he can't ignore. GOD IS THE ALMIGHTY!
JN's picture

An ex husband IS Immediate

An ex husband IS Immediate family (specially if theI deseaced didnt re-marry, STEPKIDS are immediate family, Security sat him he didn't seat himself, And he moved when asked, he took the hint that he wasn't welcomed, I don't blame whitneys family I don't blame bobby, I blame the media for making people think he "ruined" her,and making today into a big controversy, I blame folks who have formed their own opion as to how anyone involved may feel (myself included) and how they treat said involved people when in contact with them based on what they've seen in media and think to be true. Most of the celebrities all brought extra people, yet I doubt we were alerted to any of them being moved around and possibly leaving, the church sat 300 and 1500 invited, im sure way more left/didn't get in. Bobby brought his kids and family who are also close to and grieving his previous wife of 11 years. It all sucks and none of them can get today back. Yes he had to work tonight a tour pays more than a regular job, therefore a boss/tour promoter has a bigger issue with you calling out, im sure after todays events and how he is being portrayed he'd want to be around people who love him unconditionally and who have been a constant safe place for him....fans and his group
Annoyed's picture

Immediate family or NOT, he

Immediate family or NOT, he was wrong. IF he truly was there for the right reasons. his black a** should have been on TIME. Don't come to your ex-wife's funeraly LATE! He's a frickking IDIOT. Not to mention that he came in with 9 extra's. Invite only means INVITE ONLY! Then the clown had the nerve to kiss the casket. Really? Where was he the night before? His ghetto a@@@ concerts could wait. No one wants to see their broke behinds anyway. He is ignorant and always will be. Yes he is Bobbi Khristina's dad, but he is NOT HER FATHER. A "father" does not act like he does. Bobbi Kristina is in trouble if she has to deal with this bi-polar idiot. REAL TALK!
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No he did not move. They

No he did not move. They allowed Bobby and his kids to stay, but asked his EXTRA guess to move to a different section to make way for Cissy and her family. They did not ask anyone else because maybe they followed the rules. His wife, brothers and sisters should have moved. Bobby and his three children were allowed to stay in the family section. No offense, but this ain't a P. Diddy Party, you can't bring whoever you want to sit in the family section. This wasn't his home coming. I wonder if he brought the sister ( Tina Brown) that sold a story to the Enquirer about Whitney?
Anonymous's picture

The harsh reality is that

The harsh reality is that people come into your life guided by positive or negative forces to bring forth PROSPERITY or DESPAIR & it is up to you to know (recognize) who they are. Everything that look & feel good ain't good for you. R.I.P. -- WHIT
Anonymous's picture

This just goes to show

This just goes to show EVERYONE what kind of person this dude really is. The fact remains she said on Oprah (in her last interview) that he was jealous of her. Basically, he literally helped her destroy her voice. We all witnessed (via media) her slow demise. After she got with him she went spiraling down hill. A DAMN SHAME!!!
Anonymous's picture

Bobby Brown is low life scum

Bobby Brown is low life scum trying to use this situation to his advantage. Who bring an entourage to a packed funeral. Whitney did not give birth to Brown's load of kids. Absolutely disgusting that he would want to cause a scene there. Bet his side kids don't give a rats azz about Whitney or Bobbi and was there for a good time. Brown is sinking and trying to grab onto to anything to keep from going down.
Anonymous's picture

GET OFF BOBBY

GET OFF BOBBY NUTTS.... NOTHIN WORSER THAN AN IDIOT HATING A** NIGGA. NEED TO MIND YO BUSINESS CAUSE BOBBY GONE DO BOBBY POW IN YO FACE
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I don't know who on Earth

I don't know who on Earth could be defending Bobby's behavior. He was invited to the funeral. He was not kicked out. He left because he was pissy. I'm sure he was emotional. All of that is well and good, but you DO NOT leave because things don't go the way you want them to. You have a greiving daughter at that funeral. Even if other family has set up obstacles, even if you are forced to stand in a hallway, you don't cause a scene, you don't fight at a funeral, but you also don't leave. Your daughter needs to know that you are there for HER regardless. It is unimaginable to me that if I were the sole surviving parent of a child, I would just leave the service. You can deal with the politics of family dynamics later... this is one day you will never get back. Even if you sat at the back of the room, your daughter needed to know that you put all aside for HER. I have enough Bobby Brown's in my own family to know his MO.
Anonymous's picture

From CNN I think Bobby and

From CNN I think Bobby and the three children were not an issue, but the others he brought with him might have been. Read carefully. He wanted ALL of them up there. Bobby Brown leaves Houston funeral after spat Newark, New Jersey (CNN) -- Singer Bobby Brown made a brief and dramatic appearance at ex-wife Whitney Houston's memorial service Saturday, leaving abruptly after being told that his entourage couldn't sit together, police sources told CNN. Brown accused security of treating his family badly and barring him from visiting with his daughter, an account that Houston's family vehemently denied, according to a family friend. On CNN's live video feed, Brown was seen arriving with several people and appeared emotionally distraught, with red eyes and head hanging as he walked up the aisle of the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. He approached Houston's casket, passed it and went back down the aisle. "My children and I were invited to the funeral of my ex-wife Whitney Houston," Brown later said in a statement. "We were seated by security and then subsequently asked to move on three separate occasions. I fail to understand why security treated my family this way and continued to ask us and no one else to move. Security then prevented me from attempting to see my daughter Bobbi Kristina. "In light of the events, I gave a kiss to the casket of my ex-wife and departed as I refused to create a scene. ... I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how," the statement said." Brown was expected to attend with two guests but showed up with 10people, a close friend of the Houston family told CNN on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. "The family approached Bobby and told him that he could stay in the area reserved for family, but that his guests would need to move to a different section to make room for Cissy (Houston) and the rest of the family," the family friend said. "Bobby said no." When Brown refused, the family asked police to intervene. "The police told Bobby that he could stay in the area reserved for family, but that his guests needed to move," the friend said. "Bobby said no, and left with all of his guests." The family friend maintained that Brown was always invited to the funeral. "There was never a question of whether he would be invited or not," the friend said. Describing what happened at the service, the Rev. Al Sharpton posted on his Twitter account: "I am at Whitney's funeral. I spoke with Bobby Brown trying to calm him down and not distract from the services. Today is about Whitney." Brown was scheduled to perform with his group, New Edition, later Saturday in Connecticut. Brown considers performing as therapy to get him through a difficult time, a source close to him said Sunday. He and Houston were married from 1992 until 2007, with Houston getting sole custody of their daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, when they divorced. Their daughter was born in 1993. Modify message
Anonymous's picture

I LOVE YOU NIDDY...!!!!!

I LOVE YOU NIDDY...!!!!! BLACK PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO ENTER INTO GOD'S PRESENCE...!!! THE POWER THEY HOLD IN JESUS IS AWESOME...!!!!!! CNN AND HLN BOW DOWN TODAY....HALLELUJAH..!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

Wow..!!! didn't agree the way

Wow..!!! didn't agree the way they treated Bobby..!!! Everything was beautiful until the mess with bObby..!!!
Anonymous's picture

I've never seen anything like

I've never seen anything like Whitney's funeral. It was absolutely amazing! And the world was introduced to Jesus and in a mighty way.
Tagirl27's picture

RIP WHITNEY

RIP WHITNEY
Anonymous's picture

All you dumbasses that think

All you dumbasses that think he shouldn't be performing with NE right now... are YOU planning on getting together to pay his bills!? Are YOU planning to take care of him & his children!? No? Well then STFU!
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Bitch please. You stfu. Bobby

Bitch please. You stfu. Bobby got 6 kids by 5 different women. If he kept his dick in his pants he wouldnt have all those mouth to fed
Anonymous's picture

Bitch please. You stfu. Bobby

Bitch please. You stfu. Bobby got 6 kids by 5 different women. If he kept his dick in his pants he wouldnt have all those mouth to fed
Anonymous's picture

How he got his kids is

How he got his kids is irrelevant. They are here now and must be taken care of
BabyBoo's picture

You don't know shit about

You don't know shit about Bobby do you? Now his new wife is preggers again. If this was a black woman you guys would go off on her. This was 2010. Bobby Brown Headed To Court Over Child Support Bobby Brown is heading to court for a trial on his bid to lower his child-support payments. Whitney Houston’s ex says he has no source of income and is struggling to come up with the 5,500-dollar a month he dishes out to Kim Ward, mother of two of his children. According to Norfolk Register of Probate Patrick MCDermott, Brown has been granted a day in court in a bid to prove he has “had a material change in his circumstances”. MCDermott tells the Boston Herald newspaper, “It’s for the judge to decide. But he has to prove he has had a material change in his circumstances in order to get his support payments modified.” This isn’t the first time Bob’s had trouble paying his child support. He even had to spend a few nights in jail once because he owed Kim over $45,000.00. Bobby is due in court June 24. He is also dad to Bobbi Kristina, his 17-year-old daughter with ex-wife Houston, and a two-year-old son from another relationship.
Anonymous's picture

the Winans had there whole

the Winans had there whole family there maybe they could have limit some of there family members and could have made room for her sisters and brothers..
Anonymous's picture

the Winans had there whole

the Winans had there whole family there maybe they could have limit some of there family members and could have made room for her sisters and brothers..
Anonymous's picture

Actually, that was nowhere

Actually, that was nowhere near the entire Winans family. Besides the 4 of them that performed there were about 3 or 4 more. But Whitney was super close to that entire family for over 25 years.
Tagirl27's picture

Bottom line is she's didn't

Bottom line is she's didn't want him there. I don't care what went on n their marriage r after. All I know is cissy was wrong. Bobby and his kids r her family too. They were still friends plus thats her child father. They may have missed out on getting@ least 10 ppl saved because of personal, selfish, judgemental, ungodly ways.
Anonymous's picture

I can not even imagine how he

I can not even imagine how he feels right now Whitney would have wanted him there with his daughter they can never take back this day that was just wrong...
Anonymous's picture

Whitney is gone so how can

Whitney is gone so how can anyone say wha she may have wanted. I'm sure Bobbi K had a say and if she wanted her dad, brothers and sisters there I am sure they would have been accomodated. We are all on the outside looking in and have no right to assume, insinuate or create stoires based on what we would have like to see happen.
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the Winans had there whole

the Winans had there whole family there maybe they could have limit some of there family members and could have made room for her sisters and brothers..
Anonymous's picture

Also, being that Whitney was

Also, being that Whitney was in his life as well as his childrens lives.. Shouldn't be denied of being a part of her home going celebration because he brought more people than he was allowed to bring... WhATEVER!! These are people that are soooo into church and love God so much though.. What about turning the other cheek at times like this??
Anonymous's picture

Well n my opinion, if u knew

Well n my opinion, if u knew how many step children she had, y would u give him 3 invites. She was in those kids lives as well. They were her family as well. I dont c where he disrespected her family. Whitney had a relationship with those kids. U can c that on the reality show. Still say cicely was wrong point blank. Jus my opinion.
Anonymous's picture

I just think its a bunch of

I just think its a bunch of bs.. All of the celebrities that were there with their families or whoever.. And a bunch of people that were invited that didn't show.. Arrangements could have been made. They were just being spiteful .. It shouldn't have been a discussion from jump whether or not he should have been invited in the first place. At times like this, the negativity should be put to the side. The bottom line is everyone wants to blame him, when her own friend even said she was using before she got with Bobby. That was his wife at one point and they share a child together . He even said security wouldn't even let him go by his own daughter.. I think that's disrespectful!
Anonymous's picture

What a wonderful "Homecoming

What a wonderful "Homecoming & Celebration". R. I. P. Whitney Houston. You were truly "Every Woman". I appreciate The Houston family for sharing their loved one with us for sooo many years. I'm also sooo very happy that they let us all share in her last days to say our heart felt goodbyes. I have loved you a lifetime Whitney Houston. Now your homeward bound and gonna raise the roof in Heaven! God bless you because you have truly been a blessing in song to me as well as many countless others. Whether it was as an inspiration or an upbeat jolt to snap out of it, what ever it may have been. Your songs did amazing things at many points in my life... You will be missed. ♥ ♥
Breezy's picture

What about Bobby Brown

What about Bobby Brown brother and four sisters they wasnt invited and that was. TD Jakes said he just met Whitney that who shouldnt been there. God dont like.. That was wrong how they did Bobby. Also Bobby perform tonight because he has bills to pay.
Anonymous's picture

Jakes was there to bring

Jakes was there to bring comfort and share that Whitney's most recent work project with him was Whitneys fine work! He could bear witness that Whitney Star power and talent was still first class! Bobby Brown knew that his brothers and sisters were not invited. The families of divorce are weary and tired from the bad marriage drama. It was wrong how Bobby did Whitney's Mom by creating any type of situation at a time like this. He told his family to come and he would get them in! This was not the club! He was forcing their hand! They invited him for Bobbi K and out of respect for Whitney. He showed his true colors once again.
GossipPage's picture

What about Bobby Brown

What about Bobby Brown brother and four sisters they wasnt invited and that was. TD Jakes said he just met Whitney that who shouldnt been there. God dont like.. That was wrong how they did Bobby. Also Bobby perform tonight because he has bills to pay.
Anonymous's picture

What a wonderful "Homecoming

What a wonderful "Homecoming & Celebration". R. I. P. Whitney Houston. You were truly "Every Woman". I appreciate The Houston family for sharing their loved one with us for sooo many years. I'm also sooo very happy that they let us all share in her last days to say our heart felt goodbyes. I have loved you a lifetime Whitney Houston. Now your homeward bound and gonna raise the roof in Heaven! God bless you because you have truly been a blessing in song to me as well as many countless others. Whether it was as an inspiration or an upbeat jolt to snap out of it, what ever it may have been. Your songs did amazing things at many points in my life... You will be missed. ♥ ♥
Breezy's picture

THEY SHOULD HAVE LET HIM STAY

THEY SHOULD HAVE LET HIM STAY
imsoohot.'s picture

ISee this why a Will is very

ISee this why a Will is very important to have. Some families take upon themselives to start casting out individuals because of their own feeling towards them. And I think if bobby k wanted her father, sisters and brothers to sit with her it would have happened. Theres always two sides to a story then there is the TRUTH. Plus, he has another woman and a BABY. so I dont know why people are getting so upset over the treatment Bobby encountered. Like someone said he cantbe that broken up about because he's still performing!!!!
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See this why a Will is very

See this why a Will is very important to have. Some families take upon themselves to start casting out individuals because of their own feeling towards them. And I think if bobby k wanted her father, sisters and brothers to sit with her it would have happened. Theres always two sides to a story then there is the TRUTH. Plus, he has another woman and a BABY. so I dont know why people are getting so upset over the treatment Bobby encountered. Like someone said he cantbe that broken up about because he's still performing!!!!
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See this why a Will is very

See this why a Will is very important to have. Some families take upon themselves to start casting out individuals because of their own feeling towards them. And I think if bobby k wanted her father, sisters and brothers to sit with her it would have happened. Theres always two sides to a story then there is the TRUTH. Plus, he has another woman and a BABY. so I dont know why people are getting so upset over the treatment Bobby encountered. Like someone said he cantbe that broken up about because he's still performing!!!!
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Its extremely sad how some

Its extremely sad how some you talk bad about Bobby Brown. I am one of Whitney's biggest fan, however this is real life. These individuals are human beings, that make everday choices wether good or bad. If you have never walked in there shoes, how could you possibly feel what they feel. They lived there life in public everyday. This is not reality tv!! There's nothing real about ,lights , camera , action. So, dont pretend to know how he feels or the family about him. It's people like you dont' have a life of your own,because you live yours through celebrities which are people too. I understand Whitney was the bigger star in the relationship but that doesnt make Bobby less than a man. Bobby hold your head up and cry if you have too, you dont have to be strong. Please be there for daughter she needs you more than ever right now... God Bless
Linda's picture

Alicia looks beautiful! I am

Alicia looks beautiful! I am memorized by Whitney's voice & I will forever LOVE her!
TruStarr's picture

All the Ghetto, trashy.

All the Ghetto, trashy. classless people are sticking up for Bobby.
Anonymous's picture

No. All the ghetto, trashy

No. All the ghetto, trashy classless people are the ones having nothing but negativity & ignorance to say about Bobby.
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I FEEL STUPID YOU SHOULD TOO

I FEEL STUPID YOU SHOULD TOO IF YOU DEFENDED BOBBY. I THOUGHT HE REALLY CARED ABOUT WHITNEY AND WANTED TO BE THERE FOR BOBBI... BUT NOW HE PERFORMING ELSEWHERE ALREADY... RIGHT AFTER HIS POOR EX WIFE/BABY MOMMA DIED... BOBBY I HOPE YOU READ THIS, AIN'T SCARED OF YOU PUNK AND I AM HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED IN YOU FOR WHAT YOU PUT WHITNEY HER FAMILY AND BOBBI THROUGH LIL MEKA SHAYNAY SAID THAT UGH I AM SO PISSED, Y'ALL REALLY DONT UNDERSTAND. I AM WHITNEY BIGGEST STAN
MEKA's picture

Meka, Bobby Brown probably

Meka, Bobby Brown probably did not have a choice and had to performe whether he wanted to or not. I used to work for a singer back early in my career. When you book a tour, you have to turn up for all the events, if you don't you forfeit some/most of the money from the tour. If the tour says 6 members of New Edition have to be there, the 6 members HAVE to be there or they could ALL loose their pay from the tour. It is not as easy as you think.
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