Bobby Brown exits funeral service at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark after a mere 20 minutes (CARLO ALLEGRI, REUTERS/ February 18, 2012)
By Nicholas Stix
[Previously, on Whitney Houston, at WEJB/NSU:
“Whitney Houston Dead at 48: Racist Singer Found Submerged in Beverly Hills Hilton Bathtub Saturday; She Struggled for Years with Drug Addiction; Cause of Death Pending”;
“Thou Shalt Not Blaspheme the Diva: Fox Tampa Bay Facebook Censor Deletes Less than Worshipful Memory of Whitney Houston”; and
“Hosts of KFI’s John & Ken Show Suspended for Telling the Truth about Whitney Houston; Reconquistas Demand Termination; Prosecution to Follow?”
“Whitney Houston Singing the Star-Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl (1991): Did She Set the Standard?”]
I can believe this story. After all, they blame him for her drug addiction and early demise, plus they’re a nest of vipers, plus they want to alienate his daughter Bobbi Kristina from him, so that they can leech off of her.
I have to say, though, from what I heard of the ear-splittingly bad performances by Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder, he didn’t miss much.
Brown leaves funeral service of ex-wife, pop singer Houston,
Bobby Brown blames security for exit from Houston funeral
6:18 p.m. CST, February 18, 2012
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Singer Bobby Brown abruptly left the funeral of his ex-wife Whitney Houston on Saturday, claiming security guards asked him to move several times and prevented him from seeing his and Houston's daughter.
Brown said in a statement that upon arriving to the service he was moved three times by security, who also refused to allow him to his daughter with Houston, Bobbi Kristina Brown, 18.
Brown and Houston divorced in 2007 after a 15-year turbulent marriage as portrayed in a reality TV series, "Being Bobby Brown" that showed an affectionate yet troubled relationship.
"I fail to understand why security treated my family this way and continue to ask us and no one else to move," he said. "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."
Brown said Houston, who died a still unexplained death at age 48 one week ago in a Beverly Hills hotel room, would have preferred he attended.
"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," he said.
The 15-year period after Houston married Brown coincided with a decline in the quality and frequency of her albums and her public admission of heavy use of alcohol, cocaine and prescription pills. Houston's fans have long blamed Brown for their favorite singer's downward spiral into substance abuse.
(Reporting By Christine Kearney; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)
[Thanks to reader-researcher RC for this story.]