Bobby Brown leaves Whitney Houston’s funeral over entourage issue, not seated with daughter Bobbi Kristina

By on Feb 19, 2012 in Entertainment, Hollywood, Lifestyle, United States Comments

Updated: March 12, 2012 11:00 a.m.

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Singer Bobby Brown attended Whitney Houston’s funeral on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, but left abruptly and later explained why.

Bobby Brown, leaving from Whitney
Houston’s funeral over entourage issue

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As noted at CNN, which covered the event live, Bobby Brown arrived at the event with several people including his girlfriend Alicia Etheridge, later approached Houston‘s casket and went back down the aisle but left shortly afterwards.

Brown, 43, who married Houston in July 1992 but divorced in April 2007 and had one child together named Bobbi Kristina, was not seated with family, friends or other celebrities at the front of the church.

According to TMZ, sources told them that Bobby Brown was invited to attend the event provided that he will bring two companions only, but the singer apparently brought nine people and he became upset when he found out they would not seat his whole party.

“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.” Brown was quoted later in a statement.

“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.” The statement added.

Meanwhile, among the celebrities seen in that event are Oprah Winfrey, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Spike Lee, Alicia Keys, and Kevin Costner, who spoke in front and recalled the time when he and Whitney are doing their movie together, the 1992 hit “The Bodyguard“.

Aretha Franklin, also known as “Queen of Soul” and Whitney‘s godmother, who was supposed to sing “The Greatest Love of All”, did not come, with her rep announcing earlier that the singer was ill.

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