Bobby Brown was admitted into Whitney Houston’s funeral, but he did not stay.
CNN cameras showed Bobby and his children arriving at New Hope Baptist Church just in time for the ceremony to begin. We noticed, though, that he was held up at the door.
S2S has now learned that Bobby was allowed into the funeral, but he left because organizers would not accommodate his other children.
Bobbi Kristina, Bobby’s daughter with Whitney, did go into the church for the ceremony, however Bobby and his other kids boarded a bus and are now on the way to his next gig with New Edition.
Also noticeably absent was Whitney’s godmother Aretha Franklin. Details aren’t available as of now as to why Aretha was not present at the service, which she was also scheduled to perform at. But when Whitney’s cousin Dionne Warwick, who acted as mistress of ceremonies, called Aretha to the pulpit, Dionne had to inform guests at that time that Aretha was not there.
Stevie Wonder and Kim Burrell both created personalised versions of two of Whitney’s favorite songs, "Ribbon in the Sky" and "A Change is Gonna Come," while R.Kelly performed "I Look to You," a song that he’d written for Whitney’s last album. Memorable speakers included Whitney’s The Bodyguard co-star Kevin Costner, Tyler Perry and Clive Davis.
The Winans family, whose members were good friends of Whitney’s, was sprinkled liberally throughout the proceedings, ending with the Winans brothers singing and Marvin Winans performing a moving sermon and eulogy. At the end, as the casket was carried out, "I Will Always Love You" played, sung as only it could be by Whitney herself.