A sad day has come upon us.. The day we must bury one of our greatest.. The time has come to lay Whitney Houston to rest. Her funeral services have begun at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, Jew Jersey. A crowd of somber close family and friends has gathered with Cissy to help lay her daughter to rest. Bobbi Kristine will miss her mom. A musical legend gone too soon.
The arrival of Whitney Houston’s body was witnessed outside by a crowd of fans who were in tears but overjoyed by being allowed to pay their last respects.
Mourners at the singer’s childhood church where the funeral is to be held, bowed their heads in silent respect as three police officers escorted Whitney’s silver casket, draped with white roses and purple lilies, in to the church just a few hours before the service.
The hearse drove past flags flying at half-staff to honor the fallen songstress and arrived to a choir in white robes who sang low songs of praise to Whitney.
Tyler Perry Spoke, BeBe Winans sang and gave a powerful speech.. Reverend T.D. Jakes said a few words. Bobby Brown came but left shortly after along with his son.. Details have yet to emerge on why he left so soon.. Sources say the family did not want him there.
Aretha Franklin did not attend because she had muscle spasms.. BUT she sang in a Whitney tribute last night at Radio Hall and will perform again tonight… (side-eye)
Aretha Franklin Explains Her Absence –
Regretfully, I am so sorry that I was unable to be with you at Whitney’s service today. I had every intention of being there. But unfortunately I had terrible leg spasms and locked leg muscles until 4:00AM this morning following my concert last night, which I’ve been having for the last few days. I feel it necessary and very important to stay off my leg today as much as possible until concert time this evening. My heart goes out to my dear friend Cissy, Dionne, Bobbi Kristina and the rest of the family. May God keep them all.
Bobby Brown, the ex-husband of Whitney Houston, left the New Hope Baptist Church just minutes before the funeral was to begin.
According to a person familiar with the situation, Brown brought an entourage of nine people with him to the Newark church. He was only listed for plus 2. He also wanted to sit next to Bobbi Kristine but the family would not allow it.
“They were asked to leave,” the person said, referring to the entourage.
Al Sharpton tried to smooth the situation over to no avail.
Brown appeared visibly upset as he left the church and got into a black Cadillac SUV.
There had been speculation all week as to whether Brown would attend today’s service. He was asked to the invitation-only service late in the week.
Brown, an R&B artist, and Houston had a volatile 14-year marriage that ended bitterly. Houston received full custody of their daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
BOBBY BROWN SPEAKS OUT ON WHY HE LEFT THE FUNERAL:
“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 and continue to ask us and no one else to move,” he said. “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.
“My children are completely distraught over the events. 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.”
His son Bobby Jr. posted on facebook :
f*ck Fame. Sh*t ain’t everything it seems. I’ll never let them transform me. Everything is a show to these people. We came to show respect. And they tried to make it a ‘show’. Krissi I love you with all of my heart. Whitney I love you with all my heart. Rest Easy step momma.
JESSE JACKSON EXPLAINS BOBBY’S EARLY DEPARTURE
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