Kevin Costner speaks at Whitney Houston’s funeral; recalls time with singer during “The Bodyguard” (Video)

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

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

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Kevin Costner was among those who spoke at Whitney Houston’s funeral on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, as shown in the video below.

As noted at CNN, which covered the live event, Kevin Costner thanked the Houston family for inviting him and recalled the time while they were doing their movie together, the 1992 hit “The Bodyguard“.

“I told everybody that I had taken notice that Whitney was black; the only problem was that she was perfect for what I was trying to do,” Costner said on his speech, on their movie, the singer’s first film.

“The church was the center of our social life, and Whitney and I would laugh remembering how it was also the place where you could get in big trouble,” Costner added, revealing that both came from musical families and grew up as Baptists.

Whitney returns home today to the place where it all began and I urge us all inside and across the nation and around the world to dry our tears, suspend our sorrow, perhaps our anger, just long enough to remember the sweet miracle of Whitney,” the 57-year old actor later said.

Apparently, the New Hope Baptist Church Mass Choir and the New Jersey Mass Choir opened the service, which the family calls it as “home-going” instead of funeral, and is an invitation-only event where around 1,500 people were invited.

Among the personalities that were seen in the said event includes Oprah Winfrey, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Spike Lee, and Alicia Keys, who sang “Send Me an Angel”.

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

On the other hand, Bobby Brown, Whitney‘s ex-husband, was also seen arriving at the event with several people including his girlfriend Alicia Etheridge. He approached Houston‘s casket, went back down the aisle but left the event abruptly and later said it was an issue over his ‘huge’ entourage.

Kevin Costner, speaking at Whitney Houston’s funeral
Video Credit: CNN/YouTube

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