Whitney Houston's funeral is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18, at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where Houston sang as a child with her mother Cissy Houston and her cousin Dionne Warwick. Whitney was a religious woman, who grew up in the church and had reportedly reconnected with her God before she died. The funeral will be a private, invite-only affair. One person who may not be attending is Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown.
TMZ reported Tuesday that Bobby Brown is extremely disappointed after hearing that multiple members of Whitney Houston's family do not want him at the funeral service on Saturday.
Sources close to Brown told TMZ that people connected to Houston's family have reached out to him to tell him not to make any attempt to attend the funeral service at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark because Houston's family is not fond of him. Houston and Brown had an extremely tumultuous marriage, ending in divorce in 2007.
However, TMZ noted that Brown has not received any official rejection from the Houston family yet. He wants to attend the funeral so he can support their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, who has had an extremely difficult time with the death of her mother. Bobbi Kristina was rushed to the hospital after hearing of Whitney Houston's death. She suffered a complete breakdown. Brown fled to his daughter's side immediately after hearing the news of her condition.
Bobby Brown is reportedly hoping that the Houston family will put their differences aside on Saturday and allow him to attend the funeral services so they can mourn the death of Whitney Houston together.
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Bobby Brown released a statement Monday night about the well-being of his family after the death of ex-wife Whitney Houston.
My daughter did visit with doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Bobby Brown said in a statement, released to People magazine, about Bobbi Kristina. She has been released and is presently with my family including her siblings.
Obviously the death of her mother is affecting her, said Brown. However we will get through this tragedy as a family.
Brown rushed to daughter Bobbi Kristina's side after the young girl suffered a complete breakdown at the news of her mother's death.
Bobby Brown was in the middle of touring with his group New Edition when he heard the news of ex-wife Whitney Houston's death. He sobbed on stage and said I love you, Whitney, before ending his tour and leaving to meet with his daughter in Los Angeles.