Whitney Houston was laid to rest earlier today, after a beautiful ‘home going’ ceremony in Newark, New Jersey Saturday afternoon and dispute a few minor hiccups, the funeral went on without a hitch. As close family and friends made their way out of New Hope Baptist Church, The biggest controversy centered around why Bobby Brown left the service, just 15 minutes after he arrived and what ever happened to Aretha Franklin, who was scheduled to sing.
According to Bobby Brown, he was asked to move a few times by security and was prevented to see his daughter:
“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. 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. also took to his facebook page and posted:
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.
After the funeral, reporters caught up with Rev Al Sharpton who said, ‘Bishop Jakes and I spoke with him. He showed nothing but love and respect for Whitney, I wish people would leave him alone. He showed nothing but love‘.
Meanwhile, Aretha Franklin contributed her absence from the funeral to ‘leg spasms’, although she was said to be quick on her feet at her show later that night at Radio Music Hall.
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.”
Here’s a mini tribute she performed that night during her show: