As Whitney Houston‘s closest friends and family gathered inside New Hope Baptist Church in New Jersey to pay their respects, the late singer’s ex-husband Bobby Brown was outside getting into an argument with guests.
According to TMZ, the New Edition member got into it with Whitney’s family over whether or not he could bring nine people into the church. Brown had been invited to the service and was allowed to bring two guests. However, Bobby showed up to the Saturday memorial with nine other people. His party was not granted entrance as the church did not have enough seats for Bobby’s entourage.
A source said that Bobby wanted to sit with his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, but Whitney’s family denied his request. Bobby reportedly left the service before it ended.
Brown later released an official statement to CNN on the matter. It read:
“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. 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. … I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how.”
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