Bobby Brown leaves Whitney Houston’s funeral before it starts and Kevin Costner receives standing ovation
Whitney Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown has left Whitney’s funeral moments before it started after a disagreement.
Bobby, who was often blamed for the tragic singer’s addictions and struggles with alcohol and drugs, was seen leaving the funeral at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark with an unidentified woman.
When the rest of the crowd were refused seating in the family area Bobby chose to leave, getting into a black Cadillac SUV.
Last week when Brown heard the news, he carried on with his performance at a gig which led to speculation all week about whether he would attend the funeral at all.
The pair were married for 14 years but it was never an easy relationship and ended bitterly with Whitney getting full custody of Bobbi Kristina, their daughter now 19.
The mayor of the city, Cory Booke, welcomed mourners at the funeral before the pastor, Joe Carer, read some bible passages but it was Kevin Costners speech that really moved people, receiving a standing ovation. Is a standing ovation appropriate at a wedding?
The Bodyguard actor started by thanking Whitney’s family for allowing him to attend. He said:
‘The song I Will Always Love You almost wasn’t. She was meant to sing What Becomes of the Broken Hearted. So what becomes our broken hearts.
“You weren’t just good enough, you were great. You sang the whole damn song without a band. You made the picture what it was. A lot of leading men could have played my part, a lot of guys could have filled that role. But you Whitney, I truly believe, were the only one who could have played Rachel Marron at that time. You weren’t just pretty. You were as beautiful as a woman could be. And people just didn’t like you, Whitney. They loved you.”
‘For a moment we should dry our tears, suspend our sorrow and anger. Never forgot that Cissy and Bobbi Kristina are sitting among us.
‘Your mother and I had a lot in common,’ he said to Bobbi Kristina. ‘He’s a boy, she’s a girl. I’m white, she’s black. You’d think we had nothing in common but we did.
‘We both grew up in a Baptist church. My grandmother led the choir and played the piano.
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