Bobby Brown Skips Whitney Houston’s Funeral Over A Seating Dispute


Earlier today we learned a bit about Whitney Houston’s funeral yesterday, specifically the amazing eulogy delivered by actor Kevin Costner, and right now we learn about ex-husband Bobby Brown’s involvement (or lack, thereof) in yesterday’s special event. After it was in doubt that Bobby would even be allowed to attend the ceremony at all, he managed to be allowed to attend Whitney’s funeral yesterday with two guests. Bobby showed up with 9 people and was turned away by security. After he was, eventually, allowed access again, he took issue with the seating arrangements and decided to leave altogether. Brown missed the funeral altogether and only stayed long enough to kiss Whitney’s casket and then leave. Later that night, he was on stage performing in concert. Class act, all the way.

Bobby Brown was asked to leave Whitney Houston’s funeral … after he got into an argument with Whitney’s family over whether or not he could bring nine people into the church with him … TMZ has learned. Brown was spotted going into the church today in Newark, NJ … but was seen leaving shortly thereafter. According to our sources, Brown was invited, plus two, but instead showed up with an entourage of nine people. We’re told Bobby became upset when he found out they would not seat his whole party. Our sources say Bobby wanted to sit with his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, but Whitney’s family was not having it.

The Rev. Al Sharpton took to Twitter to let the world know that he tried to smooth things over between Bobby and the Houston family but was unsuccessful. I’m saddened that even Al Sharpton tried to get in on the drama that Bobby Brown caused at Whitney’s funeral. For his part, this is the official statement that Brown released after the incident:

“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,” he said. “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.”

But never fear … Bobby Brown managed to make it to the performance stage last night without major incident:

It was a dramatic day for Bobby Brown today after he stormed out of his ex-wife Whitney Houston’s funeral following a reported dispute over seating arrangements and not being allowed to be with his daughter Bobbi Kristina. According to the 46-year-old singer he left the service after kissing the casket of his ex-wife because ‘he refused to make a scene’. Just hours later Brown appeared upbeat as he performed onstage with his New Edition bandmates to a 7,000-strong sell out crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The former rapper was seen onstage wearing a white tuxedo jacket, matching white shirt underneath a black satin vest, and black trousers. His outfit was a far-cry different from the all-black mourning attire he had worn to attend Houston’s funeral hours earlier. Brown appeared in good spirits as he sang to the crowd, smiling at times and pulling quirky expressions. He also did several energetic dance moves alongside his fellow New Edition members.
Brown arrived onstage a reported 10 minutes late after his band already started the performance, according to USA Today.
During the fourth track he was said to have strode up to the stage to cheers from the audience and addressed the crowd.
‘I want to give blessings to my ex-wife, Whitney Houston, I love you. I want to give blessings to my kids, my fiancée (Alicia Etheridge), my brothers, and each of you,’ he said.

Ugh … honestly, nothing about any of this surprises me. Bobby was an unreliable husband to Whitney and an unreliable father to Bobbi Kristina (as well as his other children who he has robbed of child support over the years) so it comes as no surprise whatsoever that he would prove unreliable on the day of Whitney’s funeral. That he would show up with an entourage of 9 people and demand entry is just rude. I will say, I am very glad that he decided NOT to make a scene and just leave … in the end, that was probably the best course of action all around. It really pains me that Bobbi Kristina has lost the only parent that has truly cared for her her entire life. It is my hope that the Houston family will continue to be there for her in those times that her own father cannot look past his selfishness and be a parent for her.

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  • PixiesBassline

    His face looks swollen as hell.

  • Jennifer

    But…..he showed up with his other 4 or 5 children, Bobbi Kris’ siblings, Whitney’s step children with whom she had a relationship with, and his family that was close to Whitney, so an entourage it was not. Also, and people seem to forget this, he and Whitney were divorced 5 years ago and he didn’t owe her anything, the fact that he came knowing he’s vilified and hated among her family in order to say his goodbyes speaks volumes to me. And, did anyone ever consider that it’s Bobbi Kris keeping her distance? I just don’t believe that if she wanted to be comforted by her father that her mother’s family wouldn’t allow him access to her, bad blood or not.

    I just feel bad for Bobby for constantly taking the heat for the instability if his former marriage when it was really both of them being unfit for prolonged periods of time .

    • john

      agreed. the author of the above…melissa I guess…did nothing but jump on the bobby’s a pos bandwagon. assuming left and right and inserting her own agenda into the article. an unreliable husband and father? probably, but whitney wasn’t exactly reliable either.

    • @john — No, I wrote this post, my name is attached at the bottom. The fact that Bobby has been incarcerated, numerous times, for failing to pay child support to his many children, from different women, makes it clear to me that he is an unreliable father. Whitney never lost custody of her daughter, she cared for her from the day she was born. And for the record, I’m not jumping on any bandwagon, this has been my opinion of Bobby Brown for years. His behavior now is just par for the course and totally unsurprising to me.

    • @jennifer — “the fact that he came knowing he’s vilified and hated among her family in order to say his goodbyes speaks volumes to me” what does it say to you exactly? to me it says he was trying to get some attention from the press by trying to make a scene leading up to the funeral. the fact that you suggest that it may have been “Bobbi Kris keeping her distance” speaks volumes to me … it says that BB should’ve just stayed away the entire time.

  • Jennifer

    Oh and that USA Today article is clearly biased against Bobby. I saw New Edition perform on NYE and Bobby didn’t immediately come on stage because they began their set with NE songs they made when Bobby wasn’t in the group, specifically the NE Heartbreak album, which was their most popular album, so it didn’t make sense for Bobby to be on stage with them and it helped with the element of surprise. Also, Bobby is not a rapper and he’s been on the scene long enough for USA Today to know that, just like they know that rapper is usually equated with ‘bad boy’.

  • Stephanie

    I’m really sad about all the Bobby Brown news rather than just pure respect for Whitney. Not blaming you Trent, but how dare Bobby Brown try to milk attention and interviews out of this. What he did makes him the “good guy” in his own eyes, but still allows him all the attention he wants.

  • kali

    Forget the entourage, there wasn’t enough room in the church for this guy’s ego. To think that he wouldn’t stay to honor the life of his ex wife and mother of his child, because his friends couldn’t stay is pathetic. It’s so sad that some of the people in Whitney’s life cannot even reel themselves in to show her even one moment of respect in death.

  • Jennifer

    I don’t believe that he should have stayed away out of respect for his other children to whom Whitney was close to. If Whitney and Bobby had a volatile relationship in the 5years since their divorce, then yes, by all means he should stay away, but they didn’t. Both Whitney and Bobby had moved on with other people and recently had dinner together with Bobbi Kris so I say he had every right to be there. If the family had banned him from the funeral I don’t believe he would have come, but they didn’t, and then he was made to feel put out by making him move 3 different times, which was uncalled for imo. He didn’t scream, he didn’t fuss, he just left, not seeking attention for himself. He only put out the statement following his departure to set the story straight, a story that other people who attended the service confirmed as well.

    I also believe he would have been vilified from the press and the world if he failed to show at all. Why do you think news outlets keep harping on his every move in the days after her death? He will always be damned if you do, damned if you don’t. I just don’t believe that they would have been married as long as they were if he was as terrible as the media makes him seem. We’ll just have to agree to disagree on the subject of the Kang of R&B Trent :)

    • @Jennifer — “He will always be damned if you do, damned if you don’t.” Yes, and for very good reason. In the end, things worked out for the best all the way around, I think. It’s over, Whitney is at rest.