Singer's ex-husband confirms he left after a dispute over seating
Bobby Brown has issued a statement after he stormed out of the funeral of his ex-wife Whitney Houston yesterday (February 18).
Houston was laid to rest at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey in a lengthy ceremony attended by a number of her family and friends, along with a host of names from the entertainment world.
Brown, whose attendance at the service had been the subject of intense speculation throughout the week, left the service in dramatic fashion 20 minutes after arriving.
It had been suggested that the ‘My Prerogative’ singer had departed after a dispute over seating and he confirmed to Reuters that this had been the case.
In a statement explaining his decision to leave, Brown said: “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.”
He continued: “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.”
He continued further: “My children are completely distraught over the events. This was a day to honour 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.”
Stevie Wonder, R Kelly and Alicia Keys were among the artists who performed at Whitney Houston’s funeral, while the singer’s co-star in 1992 film The Bodyguard Kevin Costner made an emotionally-charged 20-minute speech.
Houston passed away last Saturday (February 11) at the age of 48, after she was discovered underwater and unconscious in a bath at a hotel in Beverly Hills. Though it has been widely reported that she died as a result of an overdose of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol, police have said it may take up to eight weeks for her cause of death to be formally confirmed.
A police spokesman has said that although prescription drugs were present in the singer’s room, reports that they were involved in her death were still only “rumours and speculation”.