As we all know, everyone celebrated the home going of our beloved Whitney Houston yesterday. Everyone came out to pay their last respects and show love in Newark, NJ where she was born. This included every celebrity you could imagine, including her ex- husband Bobby Brown. We also learned yesterday that he abruptly left the funeral because of a misunderstanding with seating and not being able to see his daughter. This is truly unfortunate, because despite their at times turbulent marriage, Bobby was involved with Whitney for 15 years of her life. To me, it really doesn’t matter how we feel about him, if he wanted to pay his last respects to her, he should have been able to do that. When I first heard of the news I was actually kind of upset with him. But after giving it some thought, I see things a little differently. I was thinking well if it had been me, I would have done everything I could to be able to stay and witness the funeral. Bobby has always been known for wanting the spotlight and like everyone else I assumed this might be what was going on. I really wouldn’t want anyone to judge me and my situation, so I chose to look at this from a different perspective.
This is the statement that Bobby Brown released:
“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.”
Bobby was very emotional and didn’t want to cause a scene. The media kind of expects Bobby to act a fool, so he just left.
Rev. Al Sharpton tried to console Brown and keep the peace. Sharpton tweeted, “I am at Whitney’s funeral. I spoke with Bobby Brown trying to calm him down and not distract from the services. Today is about Whitney!”
The children that he had with him were Whitney’s stepchildren that she had a hand in raising for 15 years of their life. The media called them Bobby’s “entourage” yesterday.
They are also very broken up and hurting just like everyone else. People in the business that did not know Whitney on a personal level what so ever, were able to witness her funeral so why couldn’t he?
The media loves to tear people down and the scrutiny that Bobby has taken recently and over the years at times I feel hasn’t been fair. None of us are perfect. Bobby and Whitney are grown adults that made their OWN decisions, together and individually. To place blame on one person isn’t fair. The things they did in their life, they chose to do them, period. She obviously loved him. She was a devoted wife and took her vows seriously. When she felt it was time to move on she did just that. She admits in interviews how they treated each other at times, but that she truly loved Bobby. He shared a lot of important moments with her during her life and career. Whitney had her first and only child with him. They raised her together, and I am sure he just wanted to sit with her at the funeral or at least be able to comfort her. I don’t know if Whitney would have liked what took place at the funeral. However, I don’t think she would have objected to Bobby and his family paying their last respects to her.
I can only imagine how Bobby and his family may feel right now. Hopefully they can find closure and reconciliation with the Houston family going forward.