Today, millions of people around the world watched the Homegoing Service of Whitney Houston. It was moving, inspiring joyous and sad all at the same time. In the middle of all of that – local papers began to report that her ex husband Bobby Brown left the service before it even started. There were rumors that he showed up with an “entourage” of up to 9 additional people although his invite was only a “plus 2″. The rumors then went on to say that these additional people included his new wife…but after it was all said and done – they were his children.
In an official statement Bobby Brown shared his version of events:
“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,” he said. “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.”- Bobby Brown
After the service – the Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke with Don Lemon of CNN and stated the following
Jackson first commented on the ceremony itself, saying that “her music will last a long time and she will have a bigger impact than her appreciation of why she was alive” and that it was a wonderful event. Asked about Brown, he noted that of Brown’s crew, “four of five of them were sitting in the front row, they didn’t make proper accommodations for him to move.” Jackson claimed that he “tried to get him to stay,” and “it was a very difficult moment for all of us” and “painful in an otherwise tremendous and inspiring service.” He claimed that Brown’s reaction to the seating issue was “very positive” and “it seemed they could have accommodated him better than they did.” He added an important detail: that Houston’s mother Cissy and her daughterBobbie Kristina did not see any of what happened. (via MediaIte )
So without having heard the Houston’s side of the story – do you think Bobby was wrong? Should he have swallowed his pride and stuck it out for his daughter Bobbi Kristina? Have you considered what you would want – in the event that you die and are divorced and your family is on bad terms with your ex/childrens father?
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