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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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Yes indeed! The man is still

Yes indeed! The man is still family. He made that lil girl. How quickly you forget. Somehow you misjudge because you judge the man's faults. Grow the hell up Blockhead! That way of thinking got our race messed up till this day. No love and unforgiving. Unless it comes down to you. Get it together...its never too late smh!
Anonymous's picture

Yes indeed! The man is still

Yes indeed! The man is still family. He made that lil girl. How quickly you forget. Somehow you misjudge because you judge the man's faults. Grow the hell up Blockhead! That way of thinking got our race messed up till this day. No love and unforgiving. Unless it comes down to you. Get it together...its never too late smh!
Anonymous's picture

Please shut up you didn't

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

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

Bobby was mistreated but

Bobby was mistreated but those fake "so called" friends were not? Alicia Keys was a friend of Whitney? Really? smh
SMH's picture

we all loved whitney. bobby

we all loved whitney. bobby included. its the only man she married and had a child with. with that being said, i truly hate that shade is and was thrown at him all week and up until today. we cannot know for sure if the family was really disgusting to Bobby, but if they were, they should know better. as many have said, bobby had a right to be there. but bringing more than 2 people that he was allowed to bring was just asking for drama! DAMN BOBBY! 7 EXTRA people???! he knew what he was up against. he couldnt just simply respect the order of the house?? it was NOT about him! he was out of order and knew better. just stupid, Bobby. i pray that all find closure. it was a beautiful Christ centered service. blessed my whole day! honor to God and blessings to the family. STAND bobby kris!
ooooimTELLIN's picture

9 people yes that was a

9 people yes that was a little overboard but he has 4 other children, 3 of whom knew whitney as a stepmother. And all 4 are bobbi kristinas siblings so why would they only allow him to have 2 extras that was tasteless on their part
Anonymous's picture

I agree

I agree
Anonymous's picture

Because it's about Whitney,

Because it's about Whitney, not Bobby Brown. He can pull that manipulative stunt with Whitney but her family wasn't having it. I person don't blame them. IMO, he should have shown up by himself because he's only connected to that family by the kid. Please remember he was her EX...Not her husband.
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9 people yes that was a

9 people yes that was a little overboard but he has 4 other children, 3 of whom knew whitney as a stepmother. And all 4 are bobbi kristinas siblings so why would they only allow him to have 2 extras that was tasteless on their part
Anonymous's picture

Bobby looks like he spent the

Bobby looks like he spent the whole night crying. He was treated like an as*s. I respect him for understanding the subliminal thrown at him by the fam " NOT WANTED HERE" It was shitty to treat him that way. This was not the time nor the occasion to draw bad blood. Truth will always come to light.
Kokochannel's picture

Bobby was divorced from

Bobby was divorced from Whitney so he should have respected the rules. 9 people? Who does that! For him to cause an argument at her funeral was utterly ridiculous! He should have swallowed his pride and sat anyway EVEN if he didn't sit on the front row. Bastard.
Anonymous's picture

Bobby was divorced from

Bobby was divorced from Whitney so he should have respected the rules. 9 people? Who does that! For him to cause an argument at her funeral was utterly ridiculous! He should have swallowed his pride and sat anyway EVEN if he didn't sit on the front row. Bastard.
Anonymous's picture

Nope. Those are the eyes of

Nope. Those are the eyes of an alcoholic whose been sober for 2 days (and using anti-anxiety medication so he doesnt freak out or have seizures at night)
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It's so hard to grasp how

It's so hard to grasp how anyone who has been touched by the spirit of Whitney, anyone who listened to or watched the service today, could still be so ignorant and biased. Whitney and Bobby shared a life together for over 15 years and during that time Whitney was not only connected to Bobby's children but she helped support and raise them. They loved her and deserved to celebrate her life at her homecoming as much as if not more than many of the people in the pews today. Bobby and Whitney were as imperfect as any one of us and to judge, criticize them or to minimize the fact that they obviously loved each other is ridiculous! "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone..." We heard testimony after testimony of the kind of spirit Whitney was. How she was full of grace and love and a constant source of encouragement. There's absolutely no way she would've wanted Bobby or her step children to feel like they were unwelcome at a time when everyone is grieving. Even though Whitney and Bobby divorced they were still both parents to Bobbi K. even if there were still hurt feelings or resentment. If it were Bobby who passed, you'd better believe that a regal, humble, God fearing Whitney would be sitting in the front row with Bobbi K.and her brothers and sister, caressing them and consoling them, telling them to be proud of their father and know that he loved them all. I'm sure she'd expect the same from Bobby.
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I NEVER COMMENT ONLINE BUT U

I NEVER COMMENT ONLINE BUT U SAID EVERYTHING 4 ME.THANK U.YOU SOUND LIKE A TRUE CHILD OF GOD. ONCE U BECOME 1 AND ADD KIDS.ITS ALL ABOUT THEM.THOSE WERE HER KIDS ALSO THEY JUST WASN'T INVITED.THATS SAD THAT THEY EVEN NEED 2 BE IN THE FIRST PLACE.SN(CHECK HER TAX FORM 4 THE SS# THEY WERE ALL DEPENDENTS I BET YOU )THANK U BOBBY 4 JUST LEAVIN THEM IN GODS HAND.WHITNEY KNOWS YOUR HEART BETTER THEN ANYONE
TRUSTIN1's picture

I completely agree with this.

I completely agree with this. You are so right. This comment should be the only comment on this list.
Anonymous's picture

i agree with you they was ask

i agree with you they was ask to come but to be treated like this the family should be ashamed.i thought cissy houston had more class and sence she dont have any of that whitney wood be pissed at the bobby was treated
Anonymous's picture

i agree with you they was ask

i agree with you they was ask to come but to be treated like this the family should be ashamed.i thought cissy houston had more class and sence she dont have any of that whitney wood be pissed at the bobby was treated
Anonymous's picture

i agree with you they was ask

i agree with you they was ask to come but to be treated like this the family should be ashamed.i thought cissy houston had more class and sence she dont have any of that whitney wood be pissed at the bobby was treated
Anonymous's picture

i agree with you they was ask

i agree with you they was ask to come but to be treated like this the family should be ashamed.i thought cissy houston had more class and sence she dont have any of that whitney wood be pissed at the bobby was treated
Anonymous's picture

Whitney helped raised those

Whitney helped raised those kids. They wanted to say goodbye too. I'm ashamed this happened. He should have been given the platform to say something. Espec
Talesha's picture

She did not help raise those

She did not help raise those kids, her money did. Which the courts made her pay because she was married to bobby broke ass.. I remember at one point she was paying $20,000 a month in child support. Then a radio station took up money here in Atlanta to pay his exuberant child support fees, to keep is ass out of jail....Because Whitney said she was not paying it after the divorce.
Anonymous's picture

Providing financially for

Providing financially for those children does not mean she did not help to care for them otherwise. No one knows better than her family and friends who she was to them. Additionallya, there is no court systems in this entire world that would make a man or woman who is not the biological parent or legal custodian of a child, as in the case of adoption, pay child support...which would otherwise mean that if she spent that $20,000 a month, it's because she WANTED to (even if it were for her husband's sake), and not because she HAD to.
Lost In Paradise's picture

Actually the spouse can be

Actually the spouse can be held legally responsible for the child support his or spouse owe. If you look up past interviews about it they state Whitney had to pay the child support since Bobby couldn't.
Anonymous's picture

Actually the spouse can be

Actually the spouse can be held legally responsible for the child support his or spouse owe. If you look up past interviews about it they state Whitney had to pay the child support since Bobby couldn't.
Anonymous's picture

Actually the spouse can be

Actually the spouse can be held legally responsible for the child support his or spouse owe. If you look up past interviews about it they state Whitney had to pay the child support since Bobby couldn't.
Anonymous's picture

Actually the spouse can be

Actually the spouse can be held legally responsible for the child support his or spouse owe. If you look up past interviews about it they state Whitney had to pay the child support since Bobby couldn't.
Anonymous's picture

Actually the spouse can be

Actually the spouse can be held legally responsible for the child support his or spouse owe. If you look up past interviews about it they state Whitney had to pay the child support since Bobby couldn't.
Anonymous's picture

Actually the spouse can be

Actually the spouse can be held legally responsible for the child support his or spouse owe. If you look up past interviews about it they state Whitney had to pay the child support since Bobby couldn't.
Anonymous's picture

Actually the spouse can be

Actually the spouse can be held legally responsible for the child support his or spouse owe. If you look up past interviews about it they state Whitney had to pay the child support since Bobby couldn't.
Anonymous's picture

*Additionally *system

*Additionally *system
Lost In Paradise's picture

We need to stop passing

We need to stop passing judgement! We don't know what type of relationship Cissy and Bobby had. Cissy is grieving, and may not be thinking about Bobby's feelings, she just lost her daughter. Bobby should of arrived earlier, and should not of left so soon. He could of came with one other person, if they were so picky about the seating. He should of at least stayed to see Bobbi Kris. Hopefully, he will be there tomorrow for the burial, and comfort Bobbi Kris. Let this family grive in peace. We love you Whitney.
JR Jade's picture

That is so sad. He is

That is so sad. He is grieving too. She was also his children's mother for 15 that they were married and should have been treated with more respect. The worse thing they can do is keep him from his daughter.
Anonymous's picture

Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Kim

Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Kim Burrell and others did an awesome job considering the circumstances. Lets keep it positive. I remember a couple of weeks ago pictures came out of Whitney and people were tearing her apart. Now look some of you are doing it all over again. Did you listen to Whitney's bodyguard? I bet that man knew when that woman hurt from her soul. We might not agree with some things, but lets be nice.
Crickett's picture

Deep Long Sigh!!! I just feel

Deep Long Sigh!!! I just feel like with all this bad blood between the families Bobby should have humbled himself (impossible) and showed up from day one "ALONE" and just spent the time needed with his young wounded daughter in support of her. Bobbi Kristina is so very fragile she is also chemically dependent from the reports and she is in need of intensive therapy in dealing with all this death,drugs & alcohol crap! She needs people around her who really love her and will look after her not try to use her for celebrity status or financial gain. If I put myself in Whitney Houston's family's shoes then I would resent him to, because he was always jealous of his wife's celebrity status, she was the star he always wanted to be hoping they're marriage would help his career,but instead he was always DWARFED in her shadows, he smoked crack with her instead of encouraging her to go to rehab, he ran around with countless women on her publicly spending Whitney's money like he was making it, he was abusive and it seemed his ENTIRE family was being supported by her at one time from looking at that reality show and still, that didn't stop his sister from selling embarrassing stories to the tabloids about Whitney's drug abuse. Then when he got tired of dogging her,because he was bored he just left and found him another woman to marry and live as a committed married man should have been living all along. I think Whitney Houston ultimately died of a broken heart seemed she never really got over her failed marriage with Bobby Brown and when she got involved with Ray-J (of all people in the world) that was proof she was hoping Bobby would be jealous of a younger man and repent of his ways, but he could care less who she was sleeping with towards the end of the marriage and I think that this is why she just couldn't get off the drugs. I believe Cissy is so unforgiving of Bobby Brown, because he was the true love of Whitney's Houston's life and he had such an influence over her during their marriage that they just feel he could have helped her,but instead he helped to DESTROY HER! I think we all have an opinion about this tragic couple, because we all know Bobby's & Whitney's in real life...
customcalendars4u2's picture

On point!!!

On point!!!
Crickett's picture

Well said, but I especially

Well said, but I especially agree with the first part: today of all days, Bobby should have humbled himself and showed up ALONE. Then there would have been no ammunition for drama. Show up alone for your daughter. That's all.
Anonymous's picture

Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Kim

Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Kim Burrell and others did an awesome job considering the circumstances. Lets keep it positive. I remember a couple of weeks ago pictures came out of Whitney and people were tearing her apart. Now look some of you are doing it all over again. Did you listen to Whitney's bodyguard? I bet that man knew when that woman hurt from her soul. We might not agree with some things, but lets be nice.
Crickett's picture

Looking at that first pics

Looking at that first pics it's obvious that most of the people Bobby brought with him was Bobbi's siblings.
:)'s picture

Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Kim

Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Kim Burrell and others did an awesome job considering the circumstances. Lets keep it positive. I remember a couple of weeks ago pictures came out of Whitney and people were tearing her apart. Now look some of you are doing it all over again. Did you listen to Whitney's bodyguard. I bet that men knew when that woman hurt from her soul. We might not agree with some things, but lets be nice.
Crickett's picture

Opinions are like a**holes...

Opinions are like a**holes... EVERYONE has one. Please just let Whitney Rest In Peace & allow the Family to mourn together & in Peace the best way they know how.
Lady's picture

Bobby is trash. This day is

Bobby is trash. This day is about WHITNEY and celebrating her life and his f@#king drama is overshadowing that. I didn't see Krissy running after him. She obviously was okay being next to her grandmother. If Bobby knew he was told to bring THREE guests, he should have done just that and bring THREE guests -- NOT nine. I appreciate him leaving and not causing a scene. Cissy is going through enough already. I dare you all to rip this woman apart and she hasn't even buried her daughter yet. Especially for the sake of sticking up for a LOSER like Bobby!
Elle's picture

Opinions are like a**holes...

Opinions are like a**holes... EVERYONE has one. Please just let Whitney Rest In Peace & allow the Family to mourn together & in Peace the best way they know how.
Lady's picture

I have to say that even

I have to say that even though he didn't want to cause a scene, if it were me I would have sat outside that church until they came out to greet my daughter as she left that sanctuary. I would have shown the Houston family that they wouldn't stop me from supporting my ex-wife and my child. If he wasn't allowed in the church they couldn't force him from being outside the church. Something just rubs me the wrong way about his actions though. If he wanted to be there for his daughter cancel a few more of your concerts to be there and help her deal. At this point she is so alone and she needs his 100% support. It is the days, weeks, and months after the funeral when everything settles and everyone leaves that you realize that there is a huge void in your life. I know her pain is unimaginable and having a father who is preoccupied might hurt her more than help her.
Anonymous's picture

Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Kim

Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Kim Burrell and others did an awesome job considering the circumstances. Lets keep it positive. I remember a couple of weeks ago pictures came out of Whitney and people were tearing her apart. Now look some of you are doing it all over again. Did you listen to Whitney's bodyguard. I bet that men knew when that woman hurt from her soul. We might not agree with some things, but lets be nice.
Crickett's picture

Opinions are like a**holes...

Opinions are like a**holes... EVERYONE has one. Please just let Whitney Rest In Peace & allow the Family to mourn together & in Peace the best way they know how.
Lady's picture

Opinions are like a**holes...

Opinions are like a**holes... EVERYONE has one. Please just let Whitney Rest In Peace & allow the Family to mourn together & in Peace the best way they know how.
Lady's picture

Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Kim

Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Kim Burrell and others did an awesome job considering the circumstances. Lets keep it positive. I remember a couple of weeks ago pictures came out of Whitney and people were tearing her apart. Now look some of you are doing it all over again. Did you listen to Whitney's bodyguard. I bet that men knew when that woman hurt from her soul. We might not agree with some things, but lets be nice.
Crickett's picture

Messy. That is insane, even

Messy. That is insane, even though he's the ex he's still the father of her child and they were together so many years he should not be treated like that. How the fuk AKeys bring her ppl but Bobby can't even get a seat. That's some BS but you know, he handled it well IMO. Bobby gets a lot of slack but I watched his show when it was on and he's not the big bad guy everyone made him to be. Yes he's had his problems but Whitney RIP, I loved her but she was no Angel. Oh and he needs to be with his daughter and if they're trying to isolate her from him that's so ugly and God doesn't like ugly.
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