Bobby Brown Explains Why He Left Whitney Houston’s Funeral

Bobby Brown

While most will remember a lovely tribute to Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown will carry a different memory. The ex-husband of the pop icon departed early from the funeral service in Newark, New Jersey, after bringing a large group of guests with him. The New Edition singer arrived at the New Hope Baptist Church to pay his respects to his former wife and became visibly upset when he was told by security that everyone in his party could not be seated. He walked out of the church and later released a statement.

“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. 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.”

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58 Comments

  1. Isabella

    I think how people treated him was totally rude and ridiculous.

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    Lauryn Reply:

    @Isabella,

    You People Need To Understand Cissy & The Rest Of Whitney’s Immediate Family, Dislike Him As He On Numerous Occasions Beat Whitney & Hooked Her On Drugs!!! Bobby Took The Life Out Of Nippy. Forgiving Is Just Part Of The Ball Game, But Forgetting Is Just Too Da-n Hard!!!!

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    Isabella Reply:

    @Lauryn, Yes, I know it. But she has a daughter with him, so they should at least “stand” him today

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @Isabella, Thats a shame, how they treated Bobby, and would not allow him to see his daughter.

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    Boy Wonder Reply:

    @Lauryn, That statement is ignorant. Whitney Houston was 7 years older than Bobby and already partaking in weed & cocaine separately before she met Bobby. Only difference was she was handling it. Whitney was a sweet girl but she already had a circle of vultures & yes men around her before Bobby came in the picture. Stop blaming soley Bobby. At best he encouraged and his verbal abuse made her use more heavily. She said he only physically struck her once when he was drunk.

    And even if he did get her hooked if she was any other female people would decry her as a “dumb chick” for letting a man run her. I believe Whitney was to strong for that and made her own decisions. The important thing is: SHE TURNED HER LIFE AROUND. Let the past be the past.

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    Nathaniel Hollmon Reply:

    @Boy Wonder, She was such a talented superstar, I believe her death should be a teachable moment. Her death should be used to help other vulnerable young people in the entertainment industry avoid this pitfall. The past sets the stage for the future, you just can’t “Let the past be the past.”

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    Lauryn Reply:

    @Boy Wonder,

    Name One Woman That Wouldn’t Kill For Love? Name One Woman That Wouldn’t Lie, Cheat & Partake In Cruel Acts Just So Her Heart Can Be In Sync w/ Love? Name Me One!!! Bobby Knew Where He Had Whitney. He Knew She Would Swim The Pacific For Him & She Did That! I Don’t Care What Anybody Says He Ruined Her w/ The Idea Of Love & Now Has To Pay The Price “Life”… Age Means Nothing At All When Love Is Involved – Whitney Wasn’t An Addict Before! That Was A Way Life Back Then So Listen & Observe Then Speak!!!

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    Boy Wonder Reply:

    @Lauryn, Nobody’s an addict when they first start! Drug use over time creates an addict! My point was that Bobby didn’t introduce Whitney to drugs. She was a drug user BEFORE Bobby!!! I never doubted her love for Bobby but don’t you doubt his love for her either!!! They were both flawed people. Bobby didn’t purposely hurt Whitney but he couldn’t take it that his star fell and gets kept rising. He turned to drugs and alcohol to cope and Whitney had her own demons. We will never know the full story. That love was in no way one sided they loved each other but fame tore them apart. That was my point!!!!

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    From Tokyo Reply:

    @Lauryn, Well me for one, because society seems to forget that “love” is not love, and being in love with the idea of “love”. Love is saying no to what is wrong, even if it means not being with the person you care about. If you choose to stay while a person is throwing their life, health, etc. away, then that is enabling. Show them that it’s wrong by not being a part of it in any way, including standing idly by while they sink deeper into a pit. Speaking from experience. It’s sad we’re still on this now but it is simply human nature so it’s not at all surprising.

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    mrsotw Reply:

    @Lauryn, birds of the same feather flock together, whitney had more money than bobby when they got together, so if anything you know if she was using cocaine already, plus if he was already using i think she only introduced him deeper into the life style and they both dragged each other down, bobby was just dumb and reckless with it, so then SHE became dumb and reckless. no disrespect to whitney tho R.I.P

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    white hos love BBC Reply:

    @Isabella, yeah they did my nigga wrong but kno he bout to get high as hell tonight lol

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    quinita Reply:

    @ Lauren she was on drugs before marrying him. People just want to blame others to make them feel better.

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  2. Baddest

    So Sad…. why would they do that!.. Whitney sand at Bobby Browns Mothers funeral last year so why could he not just sit to pay respect to her at her funeral!!!

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    Lauryn Reply:

    @Baddest,

    Whitney Didn’t Put Hands On Bobby Nor Addict His Trifling-azz To Drugs!!!

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    Lady T Reply:

    @Lauryn, I will admit that them together was a sad case
    but real talk Bobby is not the blame of Whitney’s drug use
    most of all yes women do stick their neck out the futherest in a relationship. In the beginning she and he was supeer happy stop picking someone to blame and face the fact and let this man mourn over his ex-wife. He need the support for his daughter

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  3. Baddest

    sang*

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  4. Komnan

    If they were going to do this to Bobby, they probably shouldn’t have invited him in the first place. All he wanted to do is, pay his respects to his Former Wife like everybody else. And for all that is said about Bobby, I’m glad he didn’t cause a scene.

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  5. Really

    THAT’S VERY DISRESPECTFUL KNOWING THAT HE HAS A DAUGHTER BY WHITNEY, AND WAS MARRIED TO HER FOR MANY YEARS. I DON’T CARE WHAT THEY’VE (WHITNEY AND BOBBY) BEEN THROUGH IN THE PAST. I BELIEVE IN KARMA! I BET WHITNEY IS TURNING OVER IN HER GRAVE RIGHT NOW. HOW DO YOU NOT ALLOW THIS MAN TO SEE HIS OWN CHILD. THESE PEOPLE ARE NUTS! SMH

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    Lauryn Reply:

    @Really,

    HOW DO YOU KNOW BOBBI WANTED TO SEE HIM.? KARMA. OH PLEASE WHITNEY DID NOTHING BUT LOVE & STAND BY THAT MAN AND LOOK WHAT HE DID TO HER!!! KNOW FACTS. “HE RUINED” HER

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    Nathaniel Hollmon Reply:

    @Really, I can surely understand how the family feels, however, they did not ask him to leave, he violated the rules of attendance, and decided to leave when his entire entorage could not be seated. You have a limited space and there must be rules of attendance. If no one conveyed that directly to him a bit of common sense should have told him that.

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  6. H-Town

    Life is too short and precious to continue to hold animosity towards another. You have to let go and let God. At such a vunerable time, you would think all would be able to come together on one accord. You have to let the love of God flow through you and put everything else aside.

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  7. DeeJay

    Sorry, but didn’t this fool bring nine other people with him, and to think the Houston’s family going to worry about him. Please. According to reports, they ask his entourage to leave, not him, he just went with them forgetting about the child he claimed he cares so much about.

    LET’S REMEMBER NONE OF US WAS THERE SO, WHO REALLY KNOWS WHAT HAPPEN, BUT THE HOUSTON FAMILY HAVE MUCH MOORE TO WORRY ABOUT THAN BOBBY BROWN.

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    Alfonso Reply:

    @DeeJay, amen 2 that, i feel u on that…..

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  8. Arie

    No matter what happened between Bobby and Whitney they had no right to do that. Did they even consider how this will affect her daughter he is her no matter what. Besides there were alot of empty seats there couldn’t they accomodate his people.

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    Lauryn Reply:

    @Arie,

    They Have Every Right. I (As Many) Believe Whitney Is Dead Because Of Bobby!!!

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    NuBLOSSOM Reply:

    @Lauryn, I love Whitney. May she rest in eternal peace but Whitney is dead because of Whitney. He was no angel and neither was she. He got clean, she in the end did not. Sad story:(

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  9. JAYE

    funerals have a way of bringing the worst out of everybody

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  10. boyke

    the family had the did a good job, bobbi sucks big time he can kiss my ass.

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  11. GermanyLov

    sad, I hope Bobbi kristina is fine

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  12. Bio

    Newsflash Whitney was on drugs before she was with Bobby. She got him hooked. Hes clean now. I hate that men always have to take the blame.
    Whitneys family were as just as much of enablers as Bobby was.

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  13. Keny R

    Whether you people would like to believe it or not this was no way to treat Whitney Houston’s ex husband and father of her child. Its ashame how her family member treated this man who was marrid to her for over 17 years. News Flash: To all who said Bobby Brown was the cause of her death you’re clearly delusional and irrational as Whitney was using narcotics before she met Bobby Brown. I in no way shape or form trying to disrespect the Legend of Whitney but it is definitely ashamed how they treated him. Whitney definitely would’ve wanted him there.

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  14. alessandraj

    Why is the media mentioning him? It’s so disrespectful.It takes away from what the funeral was really about, celebrating Whitney’s life!

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  15. Theresa

    Who’s the hunk in the hat!?

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    booshay Reply:

    @Theresa, the hunk in the hat is Bobby son.

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  16. let it go

    let that hatered go family God loves all of us and bobby is not a bad boy by hisself your daughter helped him along the way so what if he hit her did you know what she did to him maybe thats the way they showed each other love but they did conceive a daughter together and you wernt in the bedroom so let him have his time with her it aint all about money if so so what hes still the father let it all go you cant be true christians if you hateing on him let God judge him go ahead bobby your ok with me and i know shes ok with God hes takeing care of yiour girl right now rest in peace its all over

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  17. Jamie

    All that mess y’all saying is irrelevant; the bottom line is the service was beautiful, and Ms. Houston is resting in heavenly peace. Who was meant to be in attendance was in attendance, and if you left, you just left. Bobby was asked to move, not leave…I’m so glad the Lord saw fit to gain another angel when he did, and now she doesn’t have to suffer and endure the hurt and pain anymore.

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    AmbeRussell Reply:

    @Jamie, Hecwas asked to move multiple times, ad if he was a 2nd class citizen at his ex wife’s funeral, to whom he married for over a decade, encouraged to do the bodyguard etc. He felt unwelcome so he left n said why he left.

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  18. dia

    Bobby Brown needs 2 move on and knock it off he has not supported his own daughter but since Whitney died he tries 2 come into the picture now that Bobbi Kristina is loaded he becomes the concern father

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    booshay Reply:

    @dia, Bobbi kristina love her father, she have to get through the pain of lossing her mom, they will be togather as daughter and father and money will not matter. The child has her father and aunt name Kristina (Tina Brown) hello they have a history but they will also have a future, you cannot change who your familey is, in case you need reminded, again all will be find. R.I.P whitney

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  19. Luthella

    All of us needs to take a step back and research the facts. As I watched the service, I did not notice that Ms Cissy or Bobbie Kristina giving any orders to reseat or relocate any of the family members. So my question is who gave security or the ushers the right to move Bobby and his entourage? He had as much right to be there as any of the family since he and Whitney were married and had a child together. If he had not attended you same bloggers would be criticizing his decision. Contrary to popular belief he is in mourning as well because of . . . Let the man be. After all we all have sisters, daughters, sons and brothers who married people we would not have chosen for them but they did and it worked for them as long as it did. I don’t think that Whitney harbored any ill will toward Bobby it was good when it was and then it ended and they both moved on. It took a wealth of courage for him to attend the service and for that he deserves a modicum of credit.

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  20. Lady T

    R.I.P Whitney Houston i will always love you and your music
    Bobby Brown may the Lord our God give you strength to be a dad to your daughter and let no one discourage you from mourning over your ex-wife. EVERYONE who has bad things to say about Bobby analyze your life first I love Bobby Brown as well. Bobbi Kristine keep your head up child your mother is in a better place you must put God first and he will direct your path when your weak and when your strong. God bless this family and those speaking ugly (the weapon has been formed but it shall not prosper

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  21. WednesdayAd

    I understand that the invitation had a limit on guests BUT the “entourage” that Bobby brought to the funeral were his other children, whom Whitney had a relationship with and are Bobbi Kris’ siblings.

    The family may have harsh feelings about Bobby but the funeral nor the church was the place for it. If Whitney could sing at his father’s funeral, and they can be photo’d out being cordial, then Whitney most likely would have wanted him there. Christians but not acting like it.

    Shame on people for blaming solely one person on Whitney’s demise. She is grown and was using drugs before and after Bobby.

    Bravo to Bobby for not acting out of order, how people assumed he would.

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  22. Diane

    I think Bobby should have attended for his daughter Bobbi Christina, but why would he bring all these other people who was not invited, sorry, but he brought that on himself, this was by invite only limited seating did’t he know that?

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  23. Just a fact

    @Lauryn, She ruined her self she was getting high way before bobby.

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  24. roza

    Thanks@ people that made a lot of sense,is it possible 4 a striaght person to marry a junkie,let’s look at it from another angle nd not be shallow minded..

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  25. mary

    The family invited EX-husband Bobby with TWO (2) others to the funeral service.Instead of showing up with himself and two (2) others the disrespectful,self-aggrandizing,self-entitled and self-promoting EX showed up with 4-9 people!

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    AmbeRussell Reply:

    @mary, And he brought Whitney’s step children with him. Kids he had before Whitney stepped in the picture, m who remained in the picture while they were married. He brought his brother, who was her brother in law. Half the ppl at the wake were random celebs, but Bobby brings ppl with personal connections to the funeral, ppl she spent time with while makeup less, in her home, get moved around/ not even invited? Where they do that at

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    mary Reply:

    @AmbeRussell,he brought 3 of his GROWN children,2 could’ve sat with him in the 2nd or 3rd row and the other GROWN ADULT son seated elsewhere in the church,IF,he was at the funeral FOR his EX-wife and daughter instead of for himself. 2nd or 3rd row wasn’t good enough for showboating Bobby,he sat himself and his entire 9 person entourage in the FRONT row reserved for her mother,daughter and brothers! NO EXCUSE for bobbybrowndramarama.Both Whitney and Bobby exposed BobbiKris to pathology,we can but pray that this damaged young woman will do what her mother failed to do get treatment.Long term intensive inpatient program 1-2 year duration to rebuild whilst walled off from the likes of Clive Davis,her father,all of his children and extended family,all the Whitney hangerons and everybody else waiting to pounce on and exploit this childwoman.She will be picked clean down to her carcass in 5 years if she does not treat the damage she suffered at the hands of both parents

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    booshay Reply:

    @AmbeRussell,

    you are right. How did you know, those were herstep kids and kristina were with them during her stay at the hospital. Bobby and whitney had lunch togather (with his new baby and girlfriend) THEY HAD MADE PEACE, with each other, the word just did not travel fast enough.

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  26. Mr.IVueytz

    wow that is a shame. quite should Bobby Brown and Bobbi Kristina will get along together with her half sibing family

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  27. Reppin Alabama

    hearing the stories of how he treated Whitney, he shouldn’t have even been invited!!

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  28. WednesdayAd

    @reppin alabama How he treated Whitney in their relationship is THEIR business. No I’m not saying its ok but when it comes to celebs, the general public is all in the biz and quick to judge and point fingers. If Whitney could be cordial w him after the divorce then she moved past it. Why can’t you?

    @Mary yes he brought grown kids who could’ve sat alone but if you’re not liked by a family already and are in mourning, you’re gonna want the people you came w to sit next to you. IDC what the invitation said. All those random celebs that were there could’ve been moved to accommodate the people Whitney ACTUALLY had a relationship with

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  29. Efosar

    Past be let go or not, no one would get the inside gist accurate. Now I know too, they had lots in common but a sad ending. There must be a reason why Bobby, even if mourning, wasn’t sobber about the nature of demise.Past be let go or not, no one would get the inside gist accurate. Now I know too, they had lots in common but a sad ending. There must be a reason why Bobby, even if mourning, wasn’t sobber about the nature of demise.

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  30. Fan Of A Fan

    He’s gonna regret that

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  31. Viviemonique

    Why did they give bobby an invitation then? U only invite someone when u want them present. Not inviting them to treat them that way in public. There is no justification whatsoever on how he was treated

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  32. From Tokyo

    No matter what, they had no right preventing them from paying their respects. If they had been acting up, okay, but if not then they had no right to do that.

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  33. The Truth

    First of all, Bobby-Krisitina is “of age” SHE DIDN’T WANT HER FATHER THERE. The family respected her wishes. Bobby showed his “end” on numerous occasions and Whitney’s family does not owe him anything. Whether he got her hooked or she was already hooked… He disrespected her WHILE SHE WAS ALIVE SO WHY CLAIM SO MUCH RESPECT WHILE SHE’S DEAD?????$$

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