Bobby Brown left Whitney Houston’s funeral service 20 minutes after it began on Saturday, but there are mixed reports on whether the R&B singer was in a dispute over seating and with the family.
Brown, who was often blamed for many on his ex-wife’s issues, cut out of her funeral service shortly after it started and while attendees were singing.
While two gospel choirs were singing he, his wife Alicia Etheridge, and his son Landon bolted out of New Hope Baptist Church and left in a black Escalade, while Whitney Houston’s while the other guest continued to celebrate the 48-year-old’s life.
While at the New Hope Baptist Church service, the singer joined Whitney’s mother Cissy, Bobbi Kristina, who is Brown and Houston’s daughter, and Dionne Warwick.
Apparently, Brown also spoke with Reverend Al Sharpton, who attempted to calm him down without distracting anything from the services. Brown and Whitney who were married from 1992 through 2007 had a rocky marriage which included drug abuse.
On Saturday, February 11, Whitney was found deceased in her Beverly Hilton Hotel suite. Paramedics arrived at the hotel around 3:30 PM and found Whitney unresponsive; they performed CPR but, there was no use. Houston was pronounced dead at 4:00 PM PST.
According to police, there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent.” Her cause of death is yet to be determined.
Brown was expected to attend with two guests but showed up with 10 people, a close friend of the Houston family told CNN on the condition of anonymity. Brown 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.”
Brown continues: “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.
Brown was scheduled to perform with his group, New Edition, later Saturday in Connecticut. Sources have stated that Brown feels that performing is his therapy to get him through this difficult time.