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Bobby Brown banned from Whitney’s funeral?

This 1998 AP photo shows Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown arriving for the Versace Fall 1998 fashion show in New York.

This 1998 AP photo shows Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown arriving for the Versace Fall 1998 fashion show in New York.

Bobby Brown isn’t wanted at Whitney Houston’s funeral, the gossip site TMZ reports.

The outlet, whose well-connected sources have provided various insider information, including photos of the bathtub Houston’s body was discovered in Saturday and the room service tray she’d ordered earlier that day, now quotes insiders saying Houston’s family has let Brown know that he should steer clear of his ex-wife’s memorial.

Houston’s funeral will be held Saturday at the Newark, N.J. church where she grew up singing. Earlier talks of having a large public memorial at a huge arena ended with a mayor’s spokesman saying the family did not want the large event.

ABC News quotes sources who countered the claims that Brown’s ex in-laws were trying to keep him from the service. In a statement, Brown asked for privacy:

“My daughter Bobbi Kristina is doing much better. We continue to provide love and support to Bobbi Kristina. She is dealing with the tragedy of her mother’s death and would prefer to do it outside of the public eye. I ask again that our privacy be respected.”

Meanwhile, AP reports that gospel singer Marvin Winans is to give the eulogy for Houston.

We’ll post updates throughout the day.
- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com



136 comments Add your comment

Packed Colon

February 15th, 2012
8:26 am

What do you suppose he had for breakfast?

Mark

February 15th, 2012
8:30 am

Best move the family has made in years………………

Lady Luck

February 15th, 2012
8:35 am

To blame Bobby Brown for Whitney Houstons death is just dumb. Nobody put those drugs and alcohol to her mouth and pointed a gun. She lived that life style and she paid the price like a lot of stars do. Shes not the only one but lets lay blame where it belongs. She did it all by herself with no help from anyone.

Samma

February 15th, 2012
8:40 am

Bobby should be allowed to attend because he was her ex husband, and he’s the father of her daughter. I think the family being selfish, that will help the daughter, she needs all the support from family and her dad. Stop being selfish and let him be there, there’s nothing he can do to hurt her now.

truth finder

February 15th, 2012
8:45 am

When death strikes, sadly people show their true colors. And pleeezze don’t let money enter the picture! That’s when you find out who’s who.

INDI

February 15th, 2012
8:49 am

How could thy blame Bobby, he moved on and cleaned up. It was up to her to choose life which is what Bobby did. I think her family needs to recognize that keeping him away is going to eventually cause Bobbi Christina to have ill feeling toward them. Even at the time of death people still have hate. SAD….

Jerome

February 15th, 2012
8:51 am

That would be petty and wrong. He was her husband and Bobbi’s Father. I hope this story is not true

Kingfish

February 15th, 2012
8:57 am

Keep Brown away from the funeral and her estate! He led Houston down the path of destruction in order to control her and he will try and weasel in and steal her estate away from the daughter. He’s nothing but 50 miles of bad road.

URnotUA

February 15th, 2012
8:59 am

INDI is absolutely right. Bobby has been clean for years(as evidenced by his dramatic weight gain) yet people try pin Whitney’s problems on him. The concept of Bobby introducing drugs to Whitney is pure conjecture based on their individual images, not reality. We don’t know. That is something the American people need to learn…accept that we don’t know!

starek

February 15th, 2012
9:02 am

Bobbie Christina is ( 18 ) they cannot keep her from her dad .No matter what they do . Then on the other hand , wonder what Whitney has told her mom or daughter before her death .UUUMMMM just athought .

justin

February 15th, 2012
9:04 am

Jennifer does there have to be a blog about the funeral every day. This just gives feeds negativity.

Eyes

February 15th, 2012
9:04 am

Very sad to say stay away…. no matter what that’s his daughter and no matter how anyone feel Bobby did not killed her nor did he take her down. That angel did that on her own and there was many things going on before Bobby, but of course its not reported so heavy in the news. She has had problems before Bobby came into the picture and to not allow him to help with his daughter is wrong and not what suppose to happen in God;’s eyes….praying for the entire family and I really pray they will let her rest in peace!!!!

Frankie

February 15th, 2012
9:05 am

As much as I am not a fan of Bobby Brown’s banning him from the funeral will shed a poor light on the Houston family and Legacy. The more gas you pour on a fire the more intense it gets. He is the father of their daughter and unless something has changed he has custody and/or the ability to fight for custody (if he doesn’t). And if he has custody or gets custody, banning him from the funeral will fuel the desire to keep his daughter away from the Houston family….

Frankie

February 15th, 2012
9:07 am

that;s right forgot she is 18 and able to make her own decisions, but point remains….they risk creating a divide between bobbi christina and the Houston family by spot lighting her father…

notaracist

February 15th, 2012
9:17 am

I get it. If this is true. The family needs someone other than Whitney to blame. Of course we do not know. But, it did not appear that Whitney harbored any ill feelings towards Bobby. Furthermore, if everyone will remember,she stated in her infamous interview with Diane Sawyer,”No one makes me do anything I don’t want to do”. Indeed, it is sad that she was unable to take control over those forces that pulled her. But for her family to blame Bobby, as if he held a gun to her head is simply wrong and misguided.

sharon

February 15th, 2012
9:27 am

I agree with “Jerome’s” post. I hope this is not true. Until I know for sure I’m going to tuck this one away with all of the other rumors we’ve heard since Whitney passed away.

Kimi

February 15th, 2012
9:31 am

I really hope this is not true. Bobbi Kristina doesn’t need anymore drama right now. No matter what anyone things of Bobby Brown, he is her father and she obviously loves him and will need him.

sharon

February 15th, 2012
9:31 am

I also want to add that Jennifer Holiday was on CNN and she said that as much as she loved Whitney, she wants everyone to know that her drug use started before she met Bobby.

Know the truth

February 15th, 2012
9:34 am

Hello, this is to the many peole throwing salt on Bobby. I know for a PORVEN fact that they COMPLIMENTED eachother. Had it not been for her mom going to the house with the cops in Atlanta, she may still be in that dark place. When I worked at a certain hotel. I was summned to a room that only had Whitney and her friend girls i it. There was enough to go around withou the blame being placed on Bobby, as he was not there. Also , in an interview they both nin more words then none have admitted that they loved eachother, but in spite of it all, they corrupted each other. At the end of the day, Whotney came on the scene as a “PRINCESS” Bobby was aleady known as a BAD BOY. Whitney was attracted to him as he allowed her to be her, and that was the hidden fact we didnt know about back then. She let her hair down and lived her life with Bobby instead of being that person she was pretendong to be. Hell, she was from New Jersey. You all know she had the potential to be a bad girl as well. And while they pointing the finger at Bobby that has been outnof the picture, do you all know who her Boo Thang was???Non other than bad boy alcoholic Ray J. He has a serious drinking problem. I am not certain about drugs with him, but he was not a good influence on her EITHER. Really, the daughters father being kicked over the rocks and not Raj J. rEALLY, That iis real sad. They loved eachother and that is something yall cannot take. It was a different kind of love. At the end they went their seperate wasy so who was she getting high and drinking wih since 2005??????

ASHCAN!!!!

February 15th, 2012
9:34 am

@LADY LUCK,i don’t think the family blames bobby for her death but blame him for introducing her(whitney) to drugs.

just saying

February 15th, 2012
9:38 am

No one knows what really goes on in a celebrity’s life.

Know the truth

February 15th, 2012
9:40 am

ASHCAN, you can not intgirl to DRUGS. Whitney ws undercover until she met Bobby. They did drugs together. That is why they stayed together so long. They were together not one forcing the other to do it. She did it cause she wanted to, now who was the culprit…….. since the divorce??????? Remember she went to rehab in the motherland>>>>>> She was Still DRINKING heavily and taking XANAX. She probably took the meds and got in the tub, the water relaxed her as well as the presciption. She probably went to sleep and slipped down in the water. Can happen easily. That is what I think took place anyway. Sad tragic.

Know the truth

February 15th, 2012
9:48 am

Kingfish,. Bobby does not need to take anything form his daugther. When you all were trying to get him evicted from his home on Lenox Road in Buckhead caaause he would ot cut the grass when thye wanted him too, he was doing just fine. He married Whitney and however they made it work, they did .. It is wrong for anyone to assume that Bobby was taking from his WIFE back then and NOW. When the crap hits the fan dont look up for the balme , look in the mirror and se what you see. Whitney was not naive nor dumb. She contintued to do what she wanted with Ray J. So lease know that Bobby was not pulling this wagon since 2005. He was performing before a sold out crowd when he got the news of her Death. So please stop giving him grief as he is grieving for a lover, friend and baby mama as well. We do not know what type relationship thye had at the end. I seen it to be respectable towards one another

wrong

February 15th, 2012
9:50 am

Whitney was supposedly doing drugs way before she met him, so don’t be so quick to judge bb.

They may be divorced and no one likes him, but this is about supporting Bobbi Christina. Like it or not, that’s his daughter and he probably still loved Whitney.

aNTHONY

February 15th, 2012
9:50 am

A LOT OF YOU WANT TO BLAME BOBBY BUT THE FACT ARE WHITNEY STARTED USING DRUGS IN HER LATE TEENS AND BOBBY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. CHECK OUT HER BIO B4 YOU DECIDE TO CONDEMN THIS MAN…

ugab

February 15th, 2012
9:51 am

Bobby ruined Whitney’s entire life. I don’t care what anyone is saying about her death. CRACKHEAD

Tami

February 15th, 2012
9:52 am

Everyone wants to blame Bobby Brown for Whitney being on drugs, but as has been suspected for many years and confirme by some of the celebrities interviewed recently, Whitney was doing drugs long before Bobby came along. It just did’t take a toll on her life until many years later. We can not blame Bobby for what Whitney did. I don’t believe in ANY one person being the blame for someone starting drugs unless, they physically force them into it by sticking a needle into their arm, poweder up their nose or a pipe in their mouth. Whitney, as much as I adored her, was a grown woman capable of making her own choices and she did that. It’s tragic and my heart breaks for her family. I hope that they allow this time to be one of recognition that all are grieving her passing including Bobby and let him be their to compfort and support their daughter Bobbi Kris.

VDL

February 15th, 2012
9:53 am

Whitney knew what drugs were way before she ran into Mr. Brown. That is the past, he should be there to console his daughter the way only a father knows how. This is bigger than a family fued.

ugab

February 15th, 2012
9:54 am

Why is everyone taking up for dumbass Bobby Brown.? Once you go to crack, you never go back!!!lmao

john

February 15th, 2012
9:54 am

It is sad that Whitney is gone. But let us be clear, Bobby did not introduce her to the hard drugs, she was doing them long before she knew Bobby. The tragedy is that they ENABLED each other during the marriage with their drug use. Later, he got clean and she did not. My prayers to her daughter and family.

Vanessa

February 15th, 2012
9:55 am

Kingfish

February 15th, 2012
8:57 am

Keep Brown away from the funeral and her estate! He led Houston down the path of destruction in order to control her and he will try and weasel in and steal her estate away from the daughter. He’s nothing but 50 miles of bad road

And, you know him personally right??

ugab

February 15th, 2012
9:55 am

RIP Whitney!!!!

Just Voice My Opinion

February 15th, 2012
9:56 am

I agree with Lady Luck, you can not blame Bobby for Whitney downfall. Whitney drug habit was already there before she became involve with Bobby. Whitney had a choice to do or not do drug, she decided what was best for her which was drugs. Whitney felt as if she was above the law of not getting caught up in the drug. Bobby move on with his life and Whitney had the same opportunity to move ahead if she wanted too. Even after her rehab she did not completely quit because she was drinking and continue to entertain the same people who did not have her best interest. It was Whitney and everyone else who refuse to make a truly change in life, so do not hate Bobby Brown.

ugab

February 15th, 2012
9:57 am

I know B Brown did not have any money. I bet he is looking for her money. She is probably broke and in debt now.

Vanessa

February 15th, 2012
9:57 am

Nobody knows anything about her, or his life. People want to act like they know her or his life. People let her rest in peace already, jeez!!! Like I stated previously I feel sorry for her daughter only!!!

No surprise

February 15th, 2012
9:58 am

Spiteful. Just spiteful.

Sylvia

February 15th, 2012
10:00 am

As people of color, we need to band together to stop all the negative remarks about Whitney.

Sheri

February 15th, 2012
10:00 am

All I got to say is, “Crack is whack”!!! Its sad now, but at the time she did her Dianne Sawyer interview, we all thought that was hilarious. Who would have guessed back in the day, that such a bright shining star would go out this way??

Seriously, I agree with most of the others here. It didn’t seem like Whitney had hard feelings towards Bobby and keeping him from attending the funeral will only hurt their daughter. I hope this story is not true. As far as him leading her down a bad road, he may or may not have led the way, but SHE COULD HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO FOLLOW. She was a grown damn woman and made her own decisions. She didn’t have to drink and take drugs and I do not believe for a minute that she was forced to do either. I saw in another post yesterday that someone said “God gave her the Rolls Royce and she drove it right off a cliff.” Sad, but that about sums it up. The whole damn thing is just unfortunate. She was an amazing talent and had one of the most angelic voices I have ever heard. Such a tragedy.

Sandra Moore

February 15th, 2012
10:00 am

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mitzymy

February 15th, 2012
10:01 am

The family is wrong to keep Bobby away from the funeral. Girls want their daddy with them for strength, not grandma or uncle. This family has gone off on the deep end by not allowing the world to say good-bye to Whitney. They are being selfish by having an invitation only funeral. Who do they think made her all of those millions over her career by buying her records. It wasn’t the family, it was the public. They should thank the public for making her a millionaire by allowing a public viewing. As far as the drugs, it has been reported that Whitney was smoking pot at 16, and her daughter has had a problem with pot also. Bobby did not put Whitney on drugs, but he allowed her to continue doing them rather than help her stop. The daughter will get everything Whitney left, unless she had a Will that stated otherwise, so uncle, grandma and daddy will have to stand in line. She will be richer as the years go by as they release more music. It is good that she is 18 and not underage like Michael Jackson’s children. Bobbi Kristina will be over her own money.(with the help of lawyers and financial planners of course)

shell

February 15th, 2012
10:04 am

Hes need to be there for his daughter.

Big C

February 15th, 2012
10:05 am

Glad to see that many on this post are not Bobby bashers, and understand a little bit of the truth. It’s sad that when death occurs, no matter how “Christian” they are, family members turn into Hellions (Demons). I hope they can work this out, and stop the selfishness.

@justin. If you don’t want to see a blog everyday about Whitney, why are you reading it?!!

Alphonso

February 15th, 2012
10:06 am

Bobby should be there for his daughter.

Sandra Moore

February 15th, 2012
10:07 am

Sin is sin. Let Bobby Brown be with his daughter. You are punishing the daughter not to allow Bobby
to be present. Who would he bother. Also, greed is greed by the in-laws. Allow Bobby to attend. That
makes the other attendees look bad. Bobby didn’t put those drugs and alcohol in her system. He didn’t do the partying for her. She would want him to be there.
Whitney swallowed. Bobby wasn’t with her. Bad Family.

LawDawg

February 15th, 2012
10:09 am

I think the real story here is that Whitney Houston’s daughter is named Bobbi Brown. That is pretty messed up on her part and egomaniacal on his part.

Just Voice My Opinion

February 15th, 2012
10:09 am

Ashcan, Bobby did not introduce Whitney to drugs. Whitney was already a drug user, Whitney and Bobby both use drugs together. Whitney was low key in using drugs before Bobby. Whitney had a choice in her life to use or not to use. If everyone say she was a strong level headed woman Bobby could not have cause her to use. Before we all begin to judge Bobby, think about this, look at Whitney past before Bobby. Let the truth come out, Whitney was not GOD, she was human with a lot of bad decision made.

jj

February 15th, 2012
10:10 am

There was a time when I would have said Bobby Brown was the beginning of the downfall of Whitney Houston. But, time and reality tell a different story. He may have (or not) introduced her to drugs but everything she put in her body she did so by her own choice. Bobby eventually grew up, cleaned up and got his act together. Whitney never did. She continued her downward spiral all on her own. Well with a little help from whatever friends she had around her at the time. I believe I read somewhere that her brother was in the hotel room with her when she died. Doesn’t that make him far more at fault than Bobby? The Houston family have always thought they were some kind of royalty and should be treated better than everyone else. Now they want to close ranks, blame Bobby, and keep the truth hidden. Good luck with that.
Whitney Houston was not always a nice person. Her treatment of Dolly Parton was hateful and selfish. She may have sang Dolly’s song, and sang it well, but so did Dolly and she wrote it. Whitney’s refusal to even acknowledge Dolly’s contribution or to preform the song with her was insulting. She should have been proud to share the spotlight with Dolly. It was after all Dolly’s song. She recorded it first and had a mega hit with it as well. I find karma in the fact that every time that song is played Dolly will get paid, while Whitney’s estate will most likely never see a dime.
Whitney made her choices. She had every thing. A stellar career, a beautiful daughter, a loving family and millions of fans. Yet she chose to destroy herself and her career with continued use of alcohol and drugs. There is only one person responsible for her death and that is Whitney. Her family’s decision to bar Bobby from her funeral is nothing more than another grasp for the eternal spotlight.
We the public are not fools. Reality bites.

LawDawg

February 15th, 2012
10:11 am

Also, I have found the coverage of her death to be surreally hilarious. It seems that every newscaster on the planet wants to talk about how “shocking” her death was.

Really? A 50 year old who has been a hardcore drug fiend for 20+ years dies and you are “shocked”?

Is your mind also blown by the fact that the moon is, like, way bigger in some parts of the month than others?

LawDawg

February 15th, 2012
10:12 am

And IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII-e-IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII will always love CRAAAA-A-A-A-AAAAACK.

LawDawg

February 15th, 2012
10:14 am

“As people of color, we need to band together to stop all the negative remarks about Whitney.”

Yes, clearly the most important issue facing the black community is the recognition that a dead lady was a drug addict. Improving schools? Only when the Houston monument is built in DC. Deal with inner-city violence? Not until Whitney is beatified.