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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."

 

Pics via SPLASH

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How sad,but when our love one

How sad,but when our love one dies, black folks act ugly. Bobby is not responsible for Whitney's death, Houston family please get over it. That entourage watched Whitney kill herself, they "enabled her to death". Whitney wanted.needed drugs they got them for her,when she wanted a drink, they gave it to her, why? because Whitney "WAS PAYING EVERYBODY"S BILLS"Bobby is easy to blame because they feel guilty and a shame. Not letting Bobby do this or that is not going to bring Whitney back. Pray for this family because it going to get ugly, with Whitney gone allot a folks are going to be unemployed, unpaid bills up the yang yang. The entourage and "yes people" know their in a whole heap of trouble. Pray for them.
Pam's picture

Wow, can't believe many of

Wow, can't believe many of you. This family don't owe Bobby Brown anything. He was Whitney's ex and no longer a family member unless they choose too have it so. The only thing that keeps him attached to that family is a kid and a grown one at that. I'm sure that family is tired of his, "I can do as I please" attitude. It was clear even while watchin their reality show that Bobby was a man who simply didn't have any respect for anyone. That was one of the reason why he left NE. This Churche only have a 1500 space to work with and they send out invites expressing how many you can bring because of the limited space. Why does Bobby feel he can pulll up with three times more than what's allowed and he and his entourage should be accommodated as pleased? What, are the other guests who respect the family wishes should have been thrown out of their seats to accommodate Bobby Brown. Even worst is, he brings more than allowed and is upset because they all can't sit together..WHAT PART OF YOU WERE ONLY ALLOWED THREE DID BOBBY NOT UNDERSTAND. If it wasn't all about Bobby, he would have been sensitive to the fact that he wasn't respecting Whitney's family wishes and he would have to break up his family because of that. But no, this is Mr. Bobby "I'm so damn narcissistic" Brown. He claimed if Whitney was alive she wouldn't have a problem with it. And there lies the problem. Whitney was so concerned about Bobby always showing his being and it was she folks were looking at, that she would simply let himhave his way.
tellmeaboutit's picture

1st: Ray-j SHOULDN'T have

1st: Ray-j SHOULDN'T have been there and also Alicia Keys and her entourage SHOULDN'T have been there because Alicia was NOT a close celebrity friend. Btw,Alica performance was HORRIBLE. 2nd:The family SHOULD'VE made accommodations for Bobby's and her step children,that was wrong. 3rd: I wished Kelly Price,Faith Evans,or Mariah Carey would've performed instead of Alicia Keys because she clearly CAN'T sing live. 4th: The funeral was sad,touching,and it was a please seeing Whitney Houston saying her last goodbye. Seeing Cissy crying while leaving was heartbreaking and it gave me chills. 5th: I forgot, Aretha Franklin is FAKE,PHONY,and a FRAUD. She could perform and give countless performances and interviews,but COULDN'T show up to her OWN god daughters funeral. Sad :(
Anonymous's picture

I was mad that Aretha

I was mad that Aretha Franklin did not show up as well. You too sick to show up, but you were doing interviews all week. What a joke? They should have let Kelly Price sing instead of Alicia Keys.
Anonymous's picture

I agree with everything you

I agree with everything you said about Aretha. Unless she was hospitalized, she has no excuse. She did interviews all week long and held a concert or two but when it came time for her to be there for her goddaughter and family she was suddenly too sick to sing or even show up (I think). This was the final time for her to be there for Whitney. She turned me off a few years ago in concert when she walked off the stage because of the AC and left the crowd hanging until she was satisfied. What was she afraid of? She was probably upset because they refused to do something she requested. I am over her and the service was probably better without her. I hope Whitney's family took note of this latest drama from Aretha and cut her off.
vachick's picture

hear me - the family don't

hear me - the family don't owe bobby shit ok i said it
Anonymous's picture

I, too, had an issue with

I, too, had an issue with Aretha not showing up. Her goddaughter? If they had to wheel her in, she should have been there!!! What was sad is that Dionne Warwick gave her this lengthy intro. as being a part of their family, and then someone told Dionne she hadn't some. Question: how did I find out before Dionne Warwick (saw it on CNN) that Aretha Franklin wasn't going to be at that funeral? That troubles my heart to no end.
Anonymous's picture

the family don't owe bobby

the family don't owe bobby SHIT
Anonymous's picture

Aretha couldn't make it. That

Aretha couldn't make it. That would have been two, three extra seats for Bobby and his folks right there. KIDDING! Just trying to bring some lightness! :)
Anonymous's picture

If you truly love/loved

If you truly love/loved Whitney, please stop the hate. This is a day of mourning, not for pointing fingers. Bobbi Kristina only has one parent now and we need to support her parent so that he can be there for her. Whitney's greatest love was her daughter and there are tough days ahead for her. Her daughter is young and she needs her fater. Good or bad, he is her father. For Whitney's sake, please stop the hate. We love you Whitney!!!
vachick's picture

If Bobby was thinking how

If Bobby was thinking how tramatic it must be for his dauther to lose her mother at 18 years old while the world watches, he would never pulled this selfish stunt. How about putting your daugther FIRST during this terrrible time.
kj's picture

Bobby is a disgrace. This

Bobby is a disgrace. This day was not about him but about the Houston family. How would he had felt if Whitney acted like a fool at his parents funeral. Another thing - if Krissi wanted him at the funeral and wanted to sit next to him - then she would have made it happen. She knows the hell he put her mother through. So Bobby - take your Black @!X# and snort some more cocaine!
Anonymous's picture

Bobby knew that HE was

Bobby knew that HE was invited. If he didn't want anything lead to a scene, why did he show up with others? Yes, I understand they might have known and loved Whitney. But again, was it about them and their love for Whitney? Or was it about Bobby doing the respectful, peaceful thing, and showing up alone to be with his daughter? The "scene" began when he showed up with people who were not on the invitation list. Whether or not the Houston family should have invited the folks with him (his children), he should have honored their wishes for this ONE day.
Anonymous's picture

who was in charge of the

who was in charge of the funeral arrangements? security? i dont understand...black people can never come together on anything....
Anonymous's picture

Bobby BOBBY BOBBY IS THE MAN.

Bobby BOBBY BOBBY IS THE MAN. Whitney is upset as hell right now at how he was treated. Poor lil bobbi lost one parent and then forced to be without the other.
Craig's picture

you are one sick poodle

you are one sick poodle
Anonymous's picture

Bobby showed up late then

Bobby showed up late then wanted to sit in the family rows. Clearly he is not family. He should sat his as in the back and kept quiet like all the other people who came.
TheZuluKing's picture

Y'ALL NEED STOP HATING ON MY

Y'ALL NEED STOP HATING ON MY MAN BOBBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ROUTING FOR BOBBY's picture

Can i swing by your house &

Can i swing by your house & take a dump
Bob Brown's picture

i thank bobby should have sat

i thank bobby should have sat next to his daughter they was ask to come but get there they willnt let them in.those her kids to they want to say good bye.bobby loved whitney so much and whitney loved bobby i though cissy houston had class and common sence but i was wrong she has nither they should be ashamed of themself they didnt deserver to be treat like that.whitney wood be pissed.dont blame bobby for whitney drug use whitney was a grown women she had a mind of her own.i dont like the way they treated bobby
Anonymous's picture

i thank bobby should have sat

i thank bobby should have sat next to his daughter they was ask to come but get there they willnt let them in.those her kids to they want to say good bye.bobby loved whitney so much and whitney loved bobby i though cissy houston had class and common sence but i was wrong she has nither they should be ashamed of themself they didnt deserver to be treat like that.whitney wood be pissed.dont blame bobby for whitney drug use whitney was a grown women she had a mind of her own.i dont like the way they treated bobby
Anonymous's picture

RIP Whitney and Lord please

RIP Whitney and Lord please save Bobbi Kristina and bless her life so that she can live and have a wonderful life doing good things with her abilities. Bobby Brown had the chance to support Bobbi Kristina and he did not. I forgive him but what he did today was not a good father or a respect ex husband. He should have only brought the number he was given and moved anywhere he was asked for as many times as he was asked. Whitney deserved that respect from him. period. Rev Jesse Jackson why could you not just say no comment about the issue. Bobby should told his entourage to leave and gone and sat down with his daughter, told Ms. Cissy I am sorry about our losing Whitney and just man up! He should have been bringing comfort words of let me know what role I can help in helping Bobbi our child, anything humble with sincere respect! Bobby have friends and family who can comfort him! Today was about helping Ms. Cissy and Bobbi Khristina being comforted! Also he could have thrown in Thank You for allowing me to join in the celebration of Whitney Life.
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I'm not sure I would call his

I'm not sure I would call his children his "entourage" - the three people pictured with him above are the children he referenced in his statement: Landon, LaPrincia and Bobby Jr who knew Whitney as their stepmother for 15 years and the mother of their half sister. That's who was asked to move - not random people Bobby brought with him. It sounds like the security was over the top and I'm sure Ms. Cissy was too distraught over burying her daughter to pay attention to what was going on. That said, folks get super duper sensitive at funerals and hopefully Bobby, BK and her brothers & sister can come together and support each other during this time - unlike his other children, BK was her parent's only child and it's going to be a rough road ahead that can only be navigated safely by having the right people around.
msgonzo10's picture

It doesn't matter whether

It doesn't matter whether they are his kids or not. His invite said three. It should have been him and his wifes and current kid. The other kids could meet up at the repass. And if he did want to walk with his entourage of 9, then he should have been respectful at the fact that he has more than allowed and sat with his daughter and let the rest of his family sit in the back. BUT THIS IS BOBBY BROWN. The fact that they didn't give in to his ways should have been the dead give away as to how tired they are of his selfish antics.
tellmeaboutit's picture

i thank bobby should have sat

i thank bobby should have sat next to his daughter they was ask to come but get there they willnt let them in.those her kids to they want to say good bye.bobby loved whitney so much and whitney loved bobby i though cissy houston had class and common sence but i was wrong she has nither they should be ashamed of themself they didnt deserver to be treat like that.whitney wood be pissed.dont blame bobby for whitney drug use whitney was a grown women she had a mind of her own.i dont like the way they treated bobby
Anonymous's picture

i thank bobby should have sat

i thank bobby should have sat next to his daughter they was ask to come but get there they willnt let them in.those her kids to they want to say good bye.bobby loved whitney so much and whitney loved bobby i though cissy houston had class and common sence but i was wrong she has nither they should be ashamed of themself they didnt deserver to be treat like that.whitney wood be pissed.dont blame bobby for whitney drug use whitney was a grown women she had a mind of her own.i dont like the way they treated bobby
Anonymous's picture

They wanted Bob Brown OUT b/c

They wanted Bob Brown OUT b/c they thought he might get up & sing "Tender Roni" then GRIND on R. Kelly's high school date (then that might've caused a problem)
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1st: Ray-j SHOULDN'T have

1st: Ray-j SHOULDN'T have been there and also Alicia Keys and her entourage SHOULDN'T have been there because Alicia was NOT a close celebrity friend. Btw,Alica performance was HORRIBLE. 2nd:The family SHOULD'VE made accommodations for Bobby's and her step children,that was wrong. 3rd: I wished Kelly Price,Faith Evans,or Mariah Carey would've performed instead of Alicia Keys because she clearly CAN'T sing live. 4th: The funeral was sad,touching,and it was a please seeing Whitney Houston saying her last goodbye. Seeing Cissy crying while leaving was heartbreaking and it gave me chills. 5th: I forgot, Aretha Franklin is FAKE,PHONY,and a FRAUD. She could perform and give countless performances and interviews,but COULDN'T show up to her OWN god daughters funeral. Sad :(
Anonymous's picture

who the hell are you to say

who the hell are you to say who should and should not have been in attendance? and who are you to dictate who she was close too? Alicia and Whitney are both Clydes proteges and Alicia wrote Whitney her last big hit (million dollar bill) they clearly stated that she loved and respected Alicia. Alicia did great under the circumstances that woman has a beautiful voice. so funny how you black folks had something negative to say but the mainstream media and white folks called her performance touching and heartfelt< it was not a concert< it was a funeral for someone who died suddenly. get a life the family knows who she was close with ans who she wasnt. take your negative behind and pray that you wake up tommorrow, and by the way maybe the reason that those that you idolized and named didnt sing was because they wer not close to Whitney. you dont get to decide who she loved and who loved her. RIP Whitney!! some people didnt learn a thing today.
Anonymous's picture

1st: Who are you and who

1st: Who are you and who asked you for your opinion. Don't reply back unless I was talking to you. Speak when SPOKEN to. 2nd: I was just giving MY opinion on the situation at hand. I can careless what you think. 3rd: Alicia Keys was NOT a CLOSE relative or CLOSE friend of Whitney Houston or the Houston family. 4th: You have TOO much time on your hands writing LONG essays. Get a JOB,a MAN,and a LIFE. Some people like you need to find something productive do. Get a MAN.
Anonymous's picture

1st: Who are you and who

1st: Who are you and who asked you for your opinion. Don't reply back unless I was talking to you. Speak when SPOKEN to. 2nd: I was just giving MY opinion on the situation at hand. I can careless what you think. 3rd: Alicia Keys was NOT a CLOSE relative or CLOSE friend of Whitney Houston or the Houston family. 4th: You have TOO much time on your hands writing LONG essays. Get a JOB,a MAN,and a LIFE. Some people like you need to find something productive do. Get a MAN.
Anonymous's picture

smh lawd lawd is all I can

smh lawd lawd is all I can say! Whhhhhhhhhhhhhyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ? is the question I ask regarding this for so many reason (sigh)! www.wirehangeronline.com
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Shane's picture

All I'm going to say about

All I'm going to say about Bobby is that you had to be aware that you were general audience like everyone else when you & your kids were invited. At the funeral is not the time to try to "see" your daughter or "sit" with her, you had all week to discuss that with the family while you were doing concert show. If you were unable to get in touch with them and these seating arrangements were not accomodated, sit where you are supposed to sit and mourn like everyone else. Outside of the family & the choir ( who had reserved seats)people had to get there early to get their seats. Bobby is her EX husband and his daughter was there. He told Al Sharpton he felt "disrespected". Dude this is NOT about you?! The statement doesnt make sense to anyone with common sense because why would they tell you to move if you were seating where they ask? Why are you asking a random paid security team to see your daughter? And I gave this dude too much shine with this statement but I'm done now! Anyway, the world needed this today. My heart is still broken over her death she has been my idol sense I was 11 years old and I will never forget a week ago to this day where I was at when I loss her. I can only imagine what her family is feeling and Whitney, the DIDNT take away your dignity!!!
ShavonDenise's picture

I don't think read this

I don't think read this correctly he sat where he was suppose to they asked him to move...futher you didn't get an invite to the funeral. so.....with that being said sit down and shut the fuck up.
Anonymous's picture

I don't think read this

I don't think read this correctly he sat where he was suppose to they asked him to move...futher you didn't get an invite to the funeral. so.....with that being said sit down and shut the fuck up.
Anonymous's picture

I don't think read this

I don't think read this correctly he sat where he was suppose to they asked him to move...futher you didn't get an invite to the furnel so.....with that being said sit down and shut the fuck up.
Anonymous's picture

Bobby Brown is egotistical.

Bobby Brown is egotistical. He attempted to make the funeral about him. They invited him and his children to attend, and not his "entourage." Bobby Brown isn't that relevant or important. Oprah and numerous amount of stars were there without their "people." He should've of respected his daughter enough to attend with just his children. He loves attention and the media is feeding into his narcissistic ways. If he truly wanted to support his daughter, he would have done so without all of the foolishness.
Anonymous's picture

Again were you there.......??

Again were you there.......?? You don't them. Are there relationship so please hold your comments.
Anonymous's picture

the home going service was

the home going service was beautiful I personally know the whigham family and they always are very professional and put services together well.i pray Whitney gets the peace she couldn't get in life..I pray for her family especially her daughter and mother.
chanel973's picture

the home going service was

the home going service was beautiful I personally know the whigham family and they always are very professional and put services together well.i pray Whitney gets the peace she couldn't get in life..I pray for her family especially her daughter and mother.
chanel973's picture

the home going service was

the home going service was beautiful I personally know the whigham family and they always are very professional and put services together well.i pray Whitney gets the peace she couldn't get in life..I pray for her family especially her daughter and mother.
chanel973's picture

My God. In the house of the

My God. In the house of the Lord? Really? I cannot deal with pseudo Christians that hoot and holler on the pulpit and mistreat folks in the next breath. Bobby....they can never take away what you and your ex-wife had and created. A class act you were to kiss her goodbye and move on with your life. Last I checked...you were on stage "working" and got a call. May the Lord have mercy on your soul. Now to the Houston's. You had a child molesting pervert...R-Kelly....*who by the way killed it with his voice but nonetheless...was it even legal for him to be that close to a minor?|* God knows all and sees your heart. From the looks of things....OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR~ Maybe Aretha knew something we don't! hmmmm? RIP Whitney! RIP! smh!
lockstress's picture

And you have catholic priest

And you have catholic priest that have been molesting children for years, and the church still allows them to be priest! You need to get over R. Kelly
Sheila's picture

this is CLEARLY Bob's high

this is CLEARLY Bob's high priced P.R. Team hard at work.......what's your company's name.....ABC Public Relations, Public Relations for Dummies, ACME Public Relations ???????
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LOL @ ACME Public

LOL @ ACME Public Relations...
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This is just sad all the way

This is just sad all the way around! His daughter is HIS FLESH & BLOOD! Hollywood & non-blood comes last. NOT FIRST. FAMILY is above all!! Anyone speaks the contrary I feel sorry for you and your family. Because you don't know the meaning of a "real family!" That's what's wrong with the world today. Think"n about your F'n selves. Not knowing how what you do affect others. Real family and love takes the good with the bad. Let that man be with HIS daughter. She needs him like no other. And when you let others have the power to disrespect your family. Then you give them the authority to cause harm to you. Because your showing you don't care. Smh! Grow the Fuck up & pay attention Blockhead !
Anonymous's picture

He is her EX-husband. If her

He is her EX-husband. If her immediate family sent him an invite that says you can bring 3, then why does he feels he can walk with an entourage and be treated as royality. This has always been my problem with Bobby even during his New Edition days. He is beyond selfish. Too bad Whitney sweet soul attracted this man but it shows that we need to guard our spirit because all kinds of spirits can be attracted to it.
tellmeaboutit's picture

Please shut up you didn't

Please shut up you didn't them and was not there go to bed..
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