At Whitney Houston's funeral on Saturday in Newark, N.J., Bobby Brown stole the limelight with his mysterious arrival and quick departure.
Brown, Houston's ex-husband of almost two decades, was at first not invited to the funeral, as many members of the Houston family held him responsible for his ex-wife's drug abuse and lifestyle decisions. They then reversed that decision and officially invited him, but on the afternoon of the funeral, things didn't go so smoothly.
Houston's ex-husband was photographed arriving at the church where the funeral took place --the same house of worship where Whitney got her start singing at the age of four -- but was seen leaving soon after. What happened, however, is not clear.
Initial reports said that Brown had arrived with an entourage of nine people despite only having an invitation for himself and two others, and that he refused to seat the others in the back while he took his place in the front with the family. The Rev. Jesse Jackson was also reportedly involved in the dispute, trying to negotiate between Brown and the Houston family.
Bobby Brown, though, has released a statement through his representative, telling his side of the story. The statement reads:
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.
In a video posted by CNN, you can see Brown comforting one of his children: