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.