Ray J made his first public appearance since the news of Whitney Houston's death on Saturday afternoon. Ray J sought solace in sister Brandy, whose birthday just so happened to be the same day as Houston's passing. The singer went to Brandy's side to celebrate her 33rd birthday and mourn the death of his former girlfriend, Houston, early Sunday morning.
Ray J attended Ne-Yo's pre-Grammy Midnight Brunch alongside sister Brandy after hearing the news that Whitney Houston had died. The 31-year-old wore a black hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses to the fete and sat somber-faced with his sister throughout the night.
Brandy might have been celebrating her 33rd birthday, but the mood was entirely somber after the sudden death of superstar Whitney Houston, who dated Ray J from 2007 to 2009. Brandy tried to comfort her brother, cracking a smile when a birthday cake with sparklers was served to her early Sunday morning.
The party took place at the Supperclub in Hollywood, according to The Daily Mail. Guests included Carmen Electra, Will.i.am, Estelle,American Idol contestant Pia Toscano, Keke Palmer and Elijah Kelley.
Ne-Yo decided not to cancel the party even after news spread of Whitney Houston's death. Instead, he commemorated the superstar's life. The wonderful thing about Whitney Houston was she was the kind of person that you could not keep down. She went through bumps and bruises in her career, in her life, whatever the case may be, he wrote on his official Web site.
That's human, everybody goes through it, but it's not about the fall - it's about the get back up. That's what Whitney Houston was about, the get-back-up. So even in this situation she wouldn't want us to be sad right now, she would want us to celebrate the great thing that her life was as well, as opposed to mourning her death.
Ray J has been noticeably shaken since hearing that Houston died. He was seen, bleary-eyed and dressed in a hooded sweatshirt, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Saturday, looking distraught. He was at the hotel with three companions, who tried to console him over the sudden passing of his former girlfriend, reported The L.A. Times.
Whitney dead, Ray J said multiple times. Whitney dead. We all gotta live with that. His friends attempted to console him but Ray J was reportedly distraught. He made demands of the hotel's frazzled employees and quieted his friends with expletives, according to The L.A. Times.
The singer mentioned missed calls from Houston. We all gotta live with that.
When asked for a comment by reporters, one of Ray J's companions said, Nothing right now.
Houston and Ray J were a romantic item, dating from 2007 to 2009, and had recently been photographed together. They were seen dining at West Hollywood eatery Le Petit Four on Sunset Boulevard on Feb. 3, according to BET. Many assumed the two were rekindling an old flame.
Whitney Houston and the young singer were an unlikely match from the start. The 17-year age difference was a major factor. Houston was 48-years-old and Ray J is 31-years-old. When they met in 2007, he was just 27.
The last they were seen together, Ray J and Houston looked very happy. He was acting particularly chivalrous, opening the car door for her to make sure she was safely inside.
Saturday was Ray J's sister Brady's birthday. He tweeted Happy BirthDay to my beautiful Sister Brandy! I love you 4Life And I'm alwayz here 4 you! #happybirthdayBrandy 2/11. This was before the news of Whitney Houston's death.