Whitney Houston’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown, has received some disappointing news: He is not welcome to Whitney’s funeral.
According to TMZ, Brown learned that several members of Whitney’s family do not want him attending the the singer’s private funeral in Newark, New Jersey this Saturday.
Although Bobby – who left his band’s ongoing tour after hearing of Houston’s death – has yet to hear an official word from the family, sources claim that Whitney’s family has made it clear that they do not want him there. Bobby, on the other hand, wants to be there to support their daughter Bobbi Kristina.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, Brown and Houston’s only child together, was twice hospitalized for stress and anxiety after her mother was found dead in a bathtub Saturday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Bobbi Kristina had been in L.A. with her mother to attend pre-Grammy festivities. Her father flew to California to be with his daughter Sunday.
As for the details of the Whitney Houston’s funeral, ABC News reports that the singer will be remembered in the New Hope Baptist Church, which will seat 1,500 people. New Hope is the same church where Houston honed her powerful voice in the choir, according to Wikipedia.
Carolyn Whigham, owner of Whigham Funeral Home states,
“They have shared her for 30-some years with the city, with the state, with the world. This is their time now for their farewell.”
She adds, “The family thanks all the fans, the friends and the media, but this time is their private time.”
While further details regarding Whitney’s funeral remain unknown, NY Daily reports that Houston’s eulogy will be delivered by The Rev. Marvin Winans, the Detroit pastor who married Houston to Bobby Brown in the early 90s.
*Update: ABC reports that while Whitney Houston’s family has confirmed that they do not want Bobby Brown to attend the funeral, they realize they will be unable to stop him because of his daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
via Fox Boston