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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

Take care of your own

February 15th, 2012
10:15 am

All of the comments and I wonder how many people on this blog are related to Whitney. Do any of you know what type of relationship Bobby Brown had with the Houston family? Did any of you read Bobby’s tell all book. He totally disrespected Whitney and her family. Yes, he needs to be there for his daughter but he can do that outside of the funeral. There will be several days, months and years that she will need him. Until you have walked in this family’s shoes, who are you to judge? Sometimes people make comments like they are related to famous people. Take care of your own homes!

Axe Me

February 15th, 2012
10:16 am

That ain’t right. She was a grown woman. She chose Bobby and she chose drugs. She got to be accoutable for her own actions. He da baby daddy and he should be allowed at the funeral. At any rate, I gotta say it: Bobbbbbaaaaayyyyy !!!!

Carpetbagger

February 15th, 2012
10:17 am

It’s his PEROGATIVE!

k483

February 15th, 2012
10:17 am

So what I am hearing is that no one should be held responsible for how they influence another person?

LawDawg

February 15th, 2012
10:17 am

“All of the comments and I wonder how many people on this blog are related to Whitney”

Well, I am her grandmother and I am pretty sure I saw her first cousin and her second cousin once removed posting on here earlier.

So three.

LawDawg

February 15th, 2012
10:18 am

“So what I am hearing is that no one should be held responsible for how they influence another person?”

Yes, thank you! You summed up exactly what everyone said very succinctly.

Jimbob

February 15th, 2012
10:21 am

Nice family, and where were they all those years Whitney was in drugs?

Poor Choice by the Family

February 15th, 2012
10:21 am

I think this is a very poor decision on the family’s part. They are not considering Whitney & Bobby’s daughter in this case. He should be there if for no other reason than to support his daughter in her time of grief. Unfortunately death seems to bring out the worst in people.

I have too sisters who haven’t spoken since my father’s death because one thought the other didn’t include her enough in the planning of the funeral, because some decisions had to be made and when she was approached she was too upset to deal with it at the time.

As an earlier poster mentioned, while Bobby may or may not have been a bad influence on Whitney, ulitmately it was HER CHOICE to put drugs and alcohol into her body. The problem in society at large is there is no personal accountability, it’s always someone else’s fault.

I truly hope her parents reconsider

Jacquie M.X.

February 15th, 2012
10:23 am

Anyone who believes that Whitney was a squeaky-clean non-user before her marriage to Bobby Brown is misled. Everyone in her inner circle knew the real deal. Whitney was using before getting with Bobby, but being with Bobby may have amped it up. Read this article:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/02/13/whitney-s-road-to-ruin.html

Owningit

February 15th, 2012
10:24 am

Whitney’s family reminds me of the Jackson’s. It was glaringly obvious to everyone these people had major drug problems, yet the family didn’t have them forced into rehab and treated properly. They just enabled them to continue to be addicts and as a result they died. You can bet I’d do anything it took to help get my kid straight, even if it meant having them committed. To deny her daughter’s father from attending the funeral is just them trying to place the blame on someone other than themselves for her death.

Sheri

February 15th, 2012
10:27 am

@ Sylvia

Your comment about people of color needing to band together to stop all the negativity about Whitney is a sad attempt to introduce the race card into a topic where it has no place.

Whitney Houston had it all, but made bad choices, lived a life of excess and drowned in a bathtub. That is not negative comments about her, that is just what happened. And is it sad? Hell yes its sad…I am heartbroken – most of all for her 18 year old daughter who is now without a mother at a time in life when she will probably need her most.

Angela

February 15th, 2012
10:36 am

Let him attend, just seat him in the last seat on the last row in the church.

itsallgoodnroanoke

February 15th, 2012
10:37 am

This is So Sad. More Gossip! NObody is thinking about the child. Whitney, This was an Accident and Bobby Brown is NOT the blame nor did he KILL HER! She made a choice and she cont. to do her thing.!!!!!!!

La Chicka

February 15th, 2012
10:39 am

Whitney’s immediate family is hurt and mad. And I understand why. But Bobbi Kristini still needs him.

Rob

February 15th, 2012
10:41 am

I’ve never read dumber comments in my life. WH was an addict struggling to recover. She was doing hard drugs way before BB entered her life. Her desire to divorce him was more because they were dangerous for each other because of their drug addictions moreso than not loving him anymore.

And any church or preacher (Rev Jesse Jackson) will look like an even bigger idiot if they support and encourage such bad behavior from the Houston’s to keep BB from the only and last time he can publicly grieve like everyone else for the woman he loved.

I'm so dumb

February 15th, 2012
10:44 am

And I, I, I, I, I…will always…Geez, that song is stuck in my head again!

atlnative

February 15th, 2012
10:53 am

You mean to tell me that Bobby Brown can’t attend Whitney’s funeral to comfort his daughter?That’s just wrong!

Lishadee

February 15th, 2012
10:55 am

Booby wenton with his life after her family want her to leave him that is the only reason that she left . So he went and got himself clean up and start his life over she could not get over him. And that her family that keep her in drug. He is clean for now they need to watch that daughter of her.

The TRUTH

February 15th, 2012
10:56 am

Anyone who has followed the story of Bobby and Whitney from the beginning knows that despite Bobby’s bad boy image, Whitney is the one that introduced Bobby to drugs.

M

February 15th, 2012
10:56 am

Ban the Bobby from the Funeral??????? Are U serious, its too late to hate him now. We should ask his daughter what she wants. She will be the heir of estate now. She is 18 now. Why are peaple mad at him, he’s not getting anything anyway but the Love of his daughter and comforting her. Stop hating people, Whitney was was a grown woman when she met Bobby, of course she had to be on drugs to choose him anyway. No one murdered this woman, she died alone. I wish the family well.

betty

February 15th, 2012
10:58 am

First of all writters get the daughters name right. It is Kristina and not with a C. we all know Bobby Brown was nothing but bad news from day one. The boy had fifty eleven children with many, many babiy mommies. She was doing fine untill she hooked up with that thing. True he did not make her get involved in the drug life, but he sure did not disencourge her not too. He was simply no good for her and if I was her family, I would keep his but as far away as possiable. He played a big part in her death, and this fact cannot be over looked. He knows he was half responsiable for her dealth, and that is something he should live with for the rest of his life.

woodrow

February 15th, 2012
11:00 am

The in-laws should take a Valium. Or not.

Ronnye

February 15th, 2012
11:03 am

It is sad that this is the best conversation we can have about a lady who had been in the industry for 30 years, who made so many #1 songs, sold so many millions of records, whose voice was undeniably beautiful and you knew who it was from the first note, whose voice, notes, songs sent chills down your spine or all over your body, whose voice made the hair on the back of your neck standup and I can go one. EVERYONE of us had a problem, an issue. It is easy to be judgmental about others, especially those who live in the public eye. I’m sure some of you have relatives who are drug addicts, but you can keep it quiet. The good that WHITNEY did for us and the music industry far outweighs her issues of the last few years. When I remember her, I remember her songs and videos, not a person who battled a demon, because we all have our person demon…food, alcohol, women, men, gossip, being judgmental…you get the picture.

Also, none of us knows what the family dynamics were with her family and Bobby. On the surface, it might seem harsh, but I am sure that if the rumor is true, Cissy and Dionne have a legitimate reason. Bobbi Kristina is 18, but I hope Cissy controls whatever money comes to her.

People need to stop being so judgmental and stating the obvious. Is a decision goes against the obvious, clearly, we do not know all the facts. Calling them vindictive, etc is so uncalled for.

???

February 15th, 2012
11:03 am

An I the only one who read the story? It clearly says “ABC News quotes sources who countered the claims that Brown’s ex in-laws were trying to keep him from the service.” If anything, we shouldn’t listen to “claims” by close sources to TMZ, but rather see what the family says. It seems people just made assumptions of off the headline alone. Reading is fundamental.

bigeasy830

February 15th, 2012
11:10 am

I am willing to bet that Bobbi Christina gets the lion’s share of Whitney’s estate. The rest of the family knows that if they control Bobbi Christina then they will control the money. It’s greed, plain and simple. Whitney’s mom is deceased, so I bet the only other person Bobbi Christina trust is Bobby. Plus, Bobbi Christina needs some guidance, she is so young, but still considered an adult at 18, and now have access to all that money. No way Whitney and Bobby smoked up all those millions. Also, Whitney estate will earn millions per year after her death, like Elvis, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Tupac and others. It’s all about the money, not the blame game.

cycar

February 15th, 2012
11:12 am

WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!

bigeasy830

February 15th, 2012
11:13 am

I am sorry Cissy is still alive, but it’s still all about the money.

Feli

February 15th, 2012
11:13 am

We all have sinned and fallen short of His glory, but He is just to forgive. This is a church going family and to look at how they are reacting to this situation is not a good image in my eye site. Bobby and Whitney both had their share of issues, but in the end they shared a love that only they understood. Why hold a dark cloud over his head? He wasn’t there when this happened to her and he was the love of her life and the father of their child. So in honor of her life,the love that they once shared and the beautiful daughter they have, that no longer has her mother, who loved her here, but her father, who is still here and loves her very much and should be able to be there for Bobbi Christina. No matter what happened in the pass. WWJD is what we must remember.

Silks

February 15th, 2012
11:13 am

Whitney was on drugs wayyy before she met Bobby Brown. Her close friends have already spoken on that. Yesterday Chaka Chan spoke on Whitneys drug use in her pre Bobby Brown days. Most folk know that. The family is hurt and wants to lash out at somebody. He will go to the funeral because Whitney’s family is image conscious.
What I do know is there will be mucho mess following this funeral. Something about Cissy does not ring right with me….gospel singer or not. Can’t put my finger on it but something about her is cold.

Kem

February 15th, 2012
11:14 am

@???,

Thank you! People need to read and also consider the source before coming to any conclusion.

Time Out

February 15th, 2012
11:19 am

A homegoing service is not a place for beefs. If your gonna have the service in a Christian church, then act like Christians.

Axe Me

February 15th, 2012
11:20 am

They say that Dolly Parton will make tons of money on Whitney’s death due to the fact that Parton was songwriter on “I will always love you”. Evidently, songwriters make a lot more money than singers.

Spade

February 15th, 2012
11:20 am

Everyone out of the public’s eye knew Whitney had a drug problem before she met Bobby. She introduced Bobby to the fast lifestyle she was already living…sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It was the record label that manufactured her image as a good girl princess to the public. It is the public that bought the image hook line and sinker. However, in later years it is the public that got to see more of the real Whitney. Bobby is not the blame. It is Whitney who had her own demons to deal with. It is unfortunate for the family to hold such a small ceremony for her fans, close friends, and family. Then they want to keep Bobby away when he spent more than 10 years with her however tumultuous and they share a daughter. It’s a shame to me for her family to have such strong roots in the church, and is acting very unchristian like. I am praying her family gets it together, and for Bobbi who is going to suffer the most from the infighting. May God bless and keep them!

Poor Choice by the Family

February 15th, 2012
11:20 am

@Ronnye

There is no good reason, regardless of the facts we know or don’t you can’t seriously say that there’s a good reason for him not to attend. Whatever differences the family has with him, can be put on hold for a few hours to allow a greiving daughter to have the comfort of her father with her.

As far as her contributions I don’t think anyone is denying that, however the subject of the article is about Bobby not being allowed at th e funeral and I think most bloggers have stayed on subject.

George

February 15th, 2012
11:25 am

Lady Luck you are right . they were the same she knew what she was doing and she paid the price just like elvis did. People they are human and they make choices. she made hers. Great singer Law Dawg please I would not waste a min of my time for that. visit the school their are going to be a lot more that you will be marching for.Charcter and values teach it young .Whitney lived her life the way she wanted to.

ASHCAN!!!!

February 15th, 2012
11:31 am

Ok,whatever the case may be,bobby being banned from whitney’s funeral still stands.How we feel or who we blame don’t matter.I don’t think none of us knows the real truth about there life(bobby whitney) we all heard rumors and hearsay,and here comes assumptions.Life is full of memorys before and after death,so all of us(blog) will experience both.

rick mafeild

February 15th, 2012
11:34 am

I don’t condone violence, but I think bobby brown needs his behind kicked. He is the latest in a string black males who validate the “N” theory. Maybe we should take it upon ourselves to just punch him unexpectedly anytime he is seen in public. Of course, he may have body guards, but I have reason to believe that they would actually not interfere, if only one punch is thrown. They would simply grab “him” and leave the area. It’s not that we are hatin, we just don’t like him and what he’s about. Won’t you join us with our “beat down bobby brown” campaign?

AVERAGE JOE

February 15th, 2012
11:35 am

We do not know what Bobby has done to alienate Whitney’s family. We can only guess. What we do know know is that Bobby loved Whitney and he is grieving also. Let the man come to the funeral. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

Miss KP

February 15th, 2012
11:35 am

I really didn’t want to comment on this but Whitney had her demons before she married Bobby. And to put the blame on him solely is just wrong. It is about that child who lost her mother now they want to take her father as well. Tyler Perry here is a new movie for you. You can call it SMMFH.

Rhett Butler

February 15th, 2012
11:41 am

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

Abbie

February 15th, 2012
11:42 am

I have a hard time reconciling the fact that immediately following Ms. Houston’s passing this much needed father didn’t rush to his child’s side. Forget money, fame and speculation about who introduced whom or was already doing drugs, his 18 yr old child with this woman was left parentless for days. Contracts be damned for the concerts he was scheduled to perform, Bobbi Kristina was in pain and he wasn’t there. Her grandmother, uncle and friends made it to his ONLY child with this woman. To me he isn’t intitled to much consideration.. I would leave the option open to Bobbi Kristina.

ron

February 15th, 2012
11:42 am

Ms. Brett
You probably have more dirt on yourself than your kitchen floor,get a life rather than lies for which I’m sure you are compensated for.

MsDebby

February 15th, 2012
11:46 am

I know the family of Whitney must be reading this blog. Bobby loved Whitney and she loved him. Send her off to rest peacefully, In Jesus name, I pray.

Confusted...

February 15th, 2012
11:53 am

Wow, Cissy Houston is/was one of the great gospel singers of her time. Marvin Winnans is participating in this. Banning Bobby from the funeral is just crazy. How is this setting an example of forgiveness in the Christian faith.

Regardless of his faults and his rocky relationship with Whitney or if you believe he is responsible for her drug use or not – give the man a break…..

….And forgive us our trespasses,As we forgive them that trespass against us ………….

Wow ……..none of us are above the LORD………….Rest in PEACE Whitney………

pistons1211

February 15th, 2012
11:55 am

Kingfish does not have a clue, She was doing that stuff long before she met Bobby. Drugs are a personal choice, lay the blame where it belongs. She started down that path after her 1st record came out.

Matalie

February 15th, 2012
11:56 am

To place blame is crazy I think there are way more people to blame then just Bobbi, what about the daughter she had to know what her mother was doing.It’s just sad Bobby may have kept it going but lets us ban together and try to help others going down that same path. It is so sad that it had to come to this didn’t anybody learn from Micheal? It is indeed a dark hole taking over our good people something we could all learn from. To ban Bobby at this point would be point less.Little Bobbi needs her dad at this point . Theycan never take away from Whitney the loving person she was. She didn’t know how to ask for help. Whitney the whole world will always love you.

Confusted...

February 15th, 2012
12:07 pm

One last thing…many people ask for God’s forgiveness everyday but some of those same folks refuse to forgive their fellow man/woman. “How can you say you love me whom you’ve never seen and yet hate your brother whom you see everyday……..

Forgive and let Bobby attend…..

Scorp

February 15th, 2012
12:07 pm

PEOPLE- Bobby didn’t LEAD Whitney anywhere! Whitney was wrapped up in drugs way before she met and married Bobby! She was already in that lifestyle!!! Her addiction is NOT his fault!

Sad that the family is doing this- WHITNEY WOULD WANT HIM THERE! They loved each other.

JM

February 15th, 2012
12:10 pm

Even more sad than the passing of Ms. Houston are the ignorant people who are blaming Bobby for her extra-curricular habits.

cwilli

February 15th, 2012
12:13 pm

I think this is personal I believe the family of Whitney is mad at Bobby because they believe he was the reason for her demise. When in actuality she Whitney was responsible, we all loved Whitney but the truth is the truth Bobby was going along for the ride that Whitney provided if it was boozing, smoking crack he was there. She said she was her own worst enemy in the Diane Sawyer interview she had demons yes she did. But the family needs to realize Bobbi Kristina will rely on father for support not the grandmother, grandaunt, uncle she will be cordial but she is gonna be with her father. So Whitney’s family need to loosen up and let Bobby attend obviously he was destraught as well he spent 15 years with this woman the produced a daughter and I know Whitney would want Bobby there.