Bobby Brown Leaves Whitney Houston’s Funeral After Entourage Couldn’t Be Seated
Rucuss staffFebruary 18, 2012
Bobby Brown did what he does best.
Whitney Houston’s ex-husband tried his best to take the spotlight at the music legend’s funeral, but it didn’t work. Brown walked down the isle of New Hope Baptist Church and paid his respects. He left 15 minutes later after his entourage of nine couldn’t sit on the front row of the vhurch on Saturday.
According to New Jersey paper The Star Ledger, the R&B singer arrived outside of the church with an entourage, but only told the family he was bringing three. He demanded that they all get seats in the front row.
Brown was allowed in, but he opted to leave with the rest of the people not admitted.
“He was allowed to go in, pay his respects and then he had to leave,” a witness told Us Weekly. “He was red-eyed going up to the casket and then left. He was there for 15 minutes.”
Each of the 1,500 invitations to Whitney Houston’s funeral in Newark, NJ admits just one.
Brown later issued a statement.
“My children and I were invited to the funeral of my ex-wife Whitney Houston,” Brown said in a news statement. “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. I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how,” the statement said.
Rev. Al Sharpton posted on his Twitter account: “I am at Whitney’s funeral. I spoke with Bobby Brown trying to calm him down and not distract from the services. Today is about Whitney.”
Brown is expected to perform with New Edition at his scheduled concert, which takes place in Connecticut.
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