Neither Bobby Brown nor Aretha Franklin attended the full homegoing services for loved one Whitney Houston, but they had very different reasons for their absences.
Although Bobby left Whitney’s funeral before the service was over, the singer said he’ll honor her legacy in his own way.
“I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how,” expressed Bobby in a statement released Saturday after leaving the homegoing service early.
Before Whitney’s funeral, there were rumors that the “My Perogative” singer wouldn’t be allowed to attend; however, he and his children did show up to honor Whitney and offer support to Bobbi Kristina.
According to Bobby, he was unable to do either because security at New Hope Baptist Church in New Jersey, where the service was held, made him feel unwelcome.
“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,” said Bobby, who mentioned that he did not notice security guards asking others to move.
“Security also 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,” he said.
Bobbi is 18 years old, but it’s unclear whether she has attempted to contact her father or asked for his support during this time.
Although he and Whitney divorced in 2007, the two were married for more than a decade, and he doesn’t think she’d be pleased with the division between him and the Houston family.
“I doubt Whitney would have wanted this to occur,” he said.
In contrast to Bobby, singer Aretha Franklin cited health reasons when explaining why she missed Whitney’s funeral.
The Queen of Soul reportedly didn’t make it to the services because she was experiencing leg spasms. However, some question her reasons because Aretha performed at Radio City Music Hall later that night.
Aretha’s spokeswoman assured the New York Daily News that the “Respect” singer “had muscle lock and spasms” and “was up until 4 a.m. the next morning with pain.”
Aretha’s publicist refuted reports that the Houston family was upset with Aretha because of comments she made earlier in the week about Whitney’s drug use.
The Houston family has yet to comment on Bobby’s statement or Aretha’s absence.
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—Tracy L. Scott