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For those of you who are interested, The Whitney Houston funeral is streaming live now. RIP Whitney.

Tyler Perry, Kevin Costner, Clive Davis, Rickey Minor and Dionne Warwick spoke at the funeral. Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, and CeCe Winans spoke and sang. Aretha Franklin was set to perform, but cancelled due to illness.

Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan, and Brandy were in attendance.

Kevin Costner gave a particularly moving speech: “Whitney, if you could hear me now I would tell you you weren’t just good enough, you were great… I was your pretend bodyguard not too long ago and now you’re gone. Off you go, Whitney — escorted by an army of angels and your heavenly father. When you stand before him, don’t you worry. You’ll be good enough.”

Ex-husband, Bobby Brown, reportedly arrived late with an entourage and left over a seating dispute.

ETA: Bobby Brown has issued a statement

“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.”

(VIA ABCNews)

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

    Seems the line is long of people exploiting Whitney’s death.  Funny how no one seemed to give a rip about her except as a punch line until she died.    #shamefulandsad

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Pretty amazing tribute from Kevin Costner.

  • Anonymous

    It’s pretty much the norm for Superstars like her who had fallen from grace. Just look at Michael Jackson who was a punchline for every comedian and talk show before he died. Everyone who knew her, realized how serious her problems with addiction was and either they ignored it, hoping the problem will get better by itself, realized that the only one who could help her was herself or they used her addiction to sponge off of her. Enablers are the one of the biggest reasons why addicts don’t try to get better. They need support, not people sabotaging their recovery. 

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  • http://twitter.com/Trishdish2001 Trish Martin

    Why does everyone acting like they just loved Whitney now that she is dead that never gave her the time of day when she was alive and struggling and THAT is when she needed them!

  • Chris

    Yes, Kevin’s words were so kind. It sounds like they bonded during the filming. Too bad she didn’t fall in love with a stable guy like him.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It’s hard to know who tried to help Whitney and who didn’t unless one knew her in real life.  I’m sure that many tried to help and some didn’t, but in the end, if Whitney was as troubled and struggling as it appeared, then she was the one who had to help herself.  If what some of the people said is true, then she was trying very hard to get well, and if that’s true, then it’s even more of a tragedy that she died when she had hope.

  • Chris

    Addiction is very hard so there is little to do except remind young people to never get on drugs and alcohol to begin with. She started with the church and returned in a casket.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    CNN is reporting that Bobby Brown arrived with an “entourage” late for the funeral and his group could not be accommodated, so he became upset and left.  Horrible thing to do to his daughter.

  • http://twitter.com/bentley1530 F E B

    As an outsider looking in, it appears that she had a lot of people who cared for her and wanted the best for her but living free from addictions is a very difficult thing and many lose the battle.  May she now rest in peace.  

  • Anonymous

    That song I Will Always Love You is so perfect.
    What a voice Whitney has and major kudos for Dolly P for writing this .

  • Anonymous

    That’s not what I heard. He came in and went to sit in the front row and was told he couldn’t sit there with his daughter. That the family hadn’t reserved a spot for him, let alone his entourage. So he left.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

    why do people blame Bobby Brown for Whitney’s problems?  if he were the source of her addiction wouldn’t she have gotten clean once he was out of her life?  He got clean and she didn’t…that should tell people something. 

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    That service was so moving. My favorite moments were Kevin Costner, R. Kelly (made me cry), and the Winans family singing. The Pastor was such a dynamic and moving speaker as well.

    I never trashed Whitney when it was popular to do so, and I will not now.

    Bobby Brown issued a statement a short time ago. From abcnews.com:

    In a statement put out by his representative, he explained, “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.”

  • Anonymous

    What I thought was so great about Costner’s speech was considering the long and growing list of famous people that have been destroyed by drugs, he used his personal stories with Whitney to show us the insecurities and vulnerabilities that these people all have.  When you’re too famous you become an island, you don’t get the human benefits of interacting with the rest of world in a normal way, I think of MJ as the most extreme example.  Other than that his speech appeared real and heartfelt, like he wanted to be there for his friend.

  • getgetaway

    Not a fan of Bobby Brown, but I agree that he’s been treated unfairly.  Piers Morgan had said that Whitney’s use of drugs actually started before she meet Brown.  And ultimately, everyone is responsible for the decisions they make.

  • Anonymous

    The service was very moving, Great words from Pastor Winans at the end , Kevin C words  so touching, R Kelly interpretation just beautiful ….. and Bobby , i don’t even know what to say :|

  • http://twitter.com/bentley1530 F E B

    Kevin Costner really surprised me because his words seemed to be so from the heart — I was expecting it to be more like Clyde Davis’ speech–more about her career and talent.  Ricky Minor had just the right touch of humor and the Winans are such a talented group of people but their love of WH came through.  

  • Anonymous

     Bobby is still to blame. It’s called being an enabler.

    She may have begun drugs before she met Brown, but he let her continue and didn’t intervene. Just as guilty.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still not over her death. I know it’s silly, but her music (and life) had such an impact on me growing up. RIP Whitney.

  • Anonymous

    Some people just never break away from their demons.

  • Anonymous

    Because you got a lot of people who think Bobby got Whitney on drugs, when in fact she was using drugs years before meeting Bobby. Her family can be mad at Bobby for being a sorry husband, but you can’t blame him for Whitney making her own choice to use drugs. Maybe some of them need to look in the mirror and take their own responsibility for enabling her. Whitney started doing drugs as a teen and now her daughter is in the same boat. According to the news reports, she’s been doing drugs for three or four years.  What is the Houston family going to do, enable her and she end up dying young or do what you have to do make sure she get’s the help she needs. I can speak from my own experience as someone who has a drug addict in the family. They have to make the decision to stop using and you as a family member has to stop pretending it don’t exist or enabling them to destroy themselves and sometimes, destroy you alone the way. 

  • http://twitter.com/bentley1530 F E B

    Found this great clip of WH and CeCe W. singing a Bridge Over Troubled Water.  So perfect for today. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGL099t8i2s&feature=related
     

  • Chris

    I graduated from High school in 85, so I lived through all of this and Whitney changed after dating and marrying Bobby. Bobby was an active participant and introduced her to more variations. She started with cocaine but then it spiraled. Yes, she is responsible too, its equal. Bobby had nothing to lose, he was already the bad boy known for his antics. Many people in Hollywood have lived long lives with cocaine but once you get into the hard stuff, its down hill.

  • Anonymous

    I think that Whitney’s family can use the fact that he was abusive towards Whitney as enough of an excuse for why he’s not one of their favorite people.

  • getgetaway

    Bobby is still to blame. It’s called being an enabler.

    She may have begun drugs before she met Brown, but he let her continue and didn’t intervene. Just as guilty.

    No one actually knows what went on behind closed doors, except the two of them.  I’m sure there were other enablers in Whitney’s life. And she continued on her spiral long after she and Bobby divorce.

  • Anonymous

    So he’s not one of their favorite people, but his  teenage drug addicted daughter probably could have used the extra support. 

  • Anonymous

    Amen! She choose the path she wanted to take and in the end, it was a early death sentence for her. She had her moments of clarity and she had to know what drugs would do to her, but she choose to go back to them. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    As I wrote, that was what CNN was reporting at the time I posted.  Bobby’s statement was aired later.

  • Anonymous

    The choices were her’s to make.  RIP Whitney.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I was surprised too.  To me, Kevin’s speech was so personal and heartfelt.  I found it very moving.  They are replaying it now on CNN.  Kevin is having trouble at the very end holding it together.

  • Anonymous

    I doubt that he’s stable enough or sober enough to offer support to anyone.  

  • http://twitter.com/AdamsArmyGirl Linda Vastardis

    An absolutely uplifting, inspirational and moving tribute and service.  Standouts for me were Tyler Perry, Kevin Costner (a huge surprise here), Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder and the entire Winans family. I was especially fond of Kim Burrell’s ‘adaptation’ of “Change Is Gonna Come” to suit Whitney’s personal life.  Her lyrics touched on the obvious “A change had to come” but ended spiritually with the words “A change HAS come” … the demons she tried so valiantly to crush were just too strong to overcome so she surrendered to the ‘change’ that was needed to put her soul at peace.  She went home to God.

    As to Bobby Brown and what he did or didn’t do, as to other potential enablers and what they did or didn’t do, at this point nothing matters because it’s all in the past, it’s history.  Could she have turned her own life around? Apparently she tried and couldn’t so in the end, her weaknesses/dependence on drugs & alcohol outweighed her strengths.  Is it really important who/how she got there? In my opinion, no.  What matters is where she is now … a soul that is at peace and free at last.

  • Karen C

    Chris Cornell did an interesting tribute at one of his shows, he covered I Will Always Love you. http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=705243

  • Anonymous

    Maybe he is or maybe he’s not, he’s no worse off than his daughter. He’s done something that Whitney couldn’t do, which was actually go back on the road and tour. From what I have heard he’s showed up at the shows and performed well. If Whitney’s family had problems with him, then they should have set it aside for one day. If Bobby wasn’t stable or semi sobor, he would have caused a scene at that funeral today, instead he paid his respects and left with his kids. I’m no Bobby Brown fan, I think he was poison for Whitney, due to the fact that two drug users together is a disaster waiting to happen. The worse part about it is that they produced a child that had to watch her parents fight and abuse drugs day after day. In turn, she’s a drug addict, that got that way due to the fact that either her own parents were too drugged out to see or enabled her like they were enabled. My heart breaks for that child, because no one deserves the pain she’s going through with the death of her mom and what she’s going to have to go through to get sober. I’m certainly not ready to hand out any good parenting certificates to either Whitney or Bobby. They created this mess and their child is paying the price. The Houston family needs to prepare themselves for a long battle for Bobby Christina’s life and sobriety. 

  • Anonymous

    There are a lot of artists who are touring while using drugs, Bobby wouldn’t be the first.  

    I have no idea what Bobbi Christina’s relationship is with her father, so I’m not going to act like I do. 

  • Axxxel

    Kevin Costner’s speech was so heartfelt… it was as he was having a private conversation with Whitney’s teenage daughter and her grandmother.

  • http://twitter.com/AdamsArmyGirl Linda Vastardis

    One of the reasons that Whitney and Bobby Brown were drawn together is because ‘like attracts like’.  Whitney had already been dabbling with drugs before she met Bobby Brown and she was attracted to someone with a similar lifestyle.  They were both co-dependent on each other and it was ‘easier’ to be real and use around someone who also used and that was the magnet for each of them.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t think that anyone in the public can determine what the real life relationship was between any of these people, nor the exact situation with Bobbi Christina and drugs/alcohol.  We just see sensationalized bits and pieces in the media, not reality.

  • Anonymous

    BTW Pat Houston , her sister in law did a beautiful speech too . And is  Jordin S already said something about Whitney H dead ? I didn’t hear anything from her this days? 

  • Anonymous

    Jordan just tweeted a very sweet message about Whitney on Twitter, referring to her has Mama Whitney.  I just saw the most beautiful picture from the set of Sparkle, they both looked so incredibly beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    I guess the video of Bobbi Christina snorting coke is sensationalized. Maybe that white powdery substance she was snorting up her nose was baby powder instead of cocaine. Sometimes what’s in the media is reality, sort of like Whitney’s many drunk and drug episodes that played out before the camera. When in concert, she  couldn’t sing a word because she was either too high, drunk or both.  

  • Anonymous

    Mj, thanks so much for posting this.   I don’t have alot of time to watch tv so this was really a service I appreciate that you provide.  

    Kevin Costner is such a stand up guy.  It was such a heartfelt speech, and an illuminating look a Whitney at the height of her fame.  So very sweet, and sad.

    Alicia just made me weep.  It’s so easy to think of Whitney as just a burnt out drug abuser.  But the way she extended herself for the young women who were coming up behind her is one of her greatest legacies.  From Alicia, to Brandy and Monica, and now Jordin, she gave of herself and they appreciated her for it.

    I never blamed Bobby for Whitney’s drug issues.  They both were into that lifestyle before they met.  Whitney’s public persona was one thing, the way she was privately was another.  She was so much more than that though. Maybe in the years that ensue, that will become more apparent.  She tried so hard.

    I am upset that they didn’t accommodate Bobby for Bobbi Christina’s sake.  It seems like they wanted a scene, and he didn’t go along with it.  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Look.  NO ONE in the public knows the real story with the lives of any of these people.  I mean the REAL story, regardless of youtube videos or bits and pieces in the media, so I am NOT going to assume anything or pretend that I know what’s going on.  If you want to, knock yourself out, but I think that you seem very angry about people who you really don’t know.  Geez.

  • Anonymous

    I jst saw the tweet from her , yeah very sweet. :)

  • Anonymous

    Their relationship was mutually toxic.  Bobby had his own addiction issues before meeting Whitney.  They loved each other, but they also brought out each other’s worst.

    Bobby has been clean and sober for several years.  Whitney continued down her ultimately final spiral.  There were those who tried to help her, to no avail.

    Bobby bears no responsibility for Whitney’s demise, IMO.  She was a grown woman with a good support system. Had she wanted help, all she had to do was ask.  I’m sure Clive Davis would have happily paid for quality treatment, among others.

    The one thing I will fault both Bobby and Whitney for is the neglect of their daughter.  She is going down the same dark path as her parents.  Instead of setting good examples, they likely used in front of her.  And now Bobbi Kristina has her own substance problems.  It’s too late for Whitney to help her daughter, but maybe Bobby will do something.

  • shell29

    The homegoing service was well done and a proper sendoff for Whitney.  I was especially moved by Kevin Costner’s words (I teared up at the end of his remarks).

    Whatever his shortcomings and past mistakes, I am disappointed in how Bobby Brown and his family were treated at the service today.  However Whitney’s family might feel about him, he is and always will be the father of her only child.  What really bothers me (if true) is that security prevented him from seeing Bobbi Kristina.   Bobby cleaned up his act and has been sober for a while now.  Maybe he was wrong to bring an “entourage” (which mainly consisted of his children who wanted to pay their respects to their stepmom).  It wouldn’t have hurt any to just allow Bobby and his family to sit where they were seated.

  • Anonymous

    I remember watching that reality show of theirs, it was shocking how out of touch with reality they were. I felt sorry for their daughter watching her parents self destruct. Now years later, her mom is dead, her father looks like he’s being pushed out of her life and she’s a teenage drug addict. She didn’t have a chance from day one of making it to adulthood without some serious problems. 

  • Anonymous

    Actually, it was a secretary working on the production who had the Dolly Parton version who suggested it as an option for the film.  Of course, Costner had to approve it.

  • milwlovesadam

    I have no right to comment on the personal lives and pain of these people. As a fan of Whitney’s from the start, all we ever knew was what was reported, and what we could see and hear for ourselves. I just hope she has found peace.

    What I would like to say is that I found the speeches so very touching, especially Kevin Costner, Alicia Keyes and Clive Davis. The whole service was respectful and lovely.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I never watched “Being Bobby Brown”, but if this review is accurate, it sounds absolutely awful.

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/8409211/ns/today-entertainment/t/being-bobby-brown-disgusting/#.T0BU9COzW4E

  • http://twitter.com/fover Fred Overholt

    Bobby had no right to be there.  He introduced Whitney to the world of drugs that ended in her tragic death, and her fans whoever and wherever they may be should despise him for what he is… a user.  His appearance wasn’t about his kids.  He was simply using them to garner sympathy and support for himself.  If he was sincere in wishing his kids an opportunity to say their goodbyes, then he would have asked another family member to be their escort. 

  • Chris

        “I am upset that they didn’t accommodate Bobby for Bobbi Christina’s sake.  It seems like they wanted a scene, and he didn’t go along with it.”

    I doubt anyone in her family wanted a scene.  I was just at a funeral and once they have everyone seated, in the front row, it would be disrespectful to have the immediate family move or make any kind of scene in front of the altar.

    With divorce, there is always a “Bobby” at a wedding, funeral, graduation, etc…  Where do you put the kids father or mother that many people now find uncomfortable to be around.  Too much bad blood, I’m not sure but Cissy may not want Bobby anywhere near her.  So, nope, he can’t sit in the front row with her mom.  He may have been able to squeeze in row 2-3 or at list the first section if he had been by himself and on time.

    My guess is there are some who would say he could sit in the way, way, way, back, near the bathroom.  Depends on what side of the divorce you landed on.

  • escape

    Bobby had every right to be there. He was invited by the family. He is the father of their only child together. And it has been widely reported that Whitney’s drug descent started before she even met Bobby Brown.

    The real Whitney Houston was far from the sweet innocent pop queen image that was fabricated in the public to sell records.  She definitely had a darker side.  She definitely had struggled with ongoing demons.

  • Anonymous

    So, Bobby’s kids are an entourage?  Pretty sad it had to happen at her funeral for the world to see but really, are you telling me he didn’t know there were 3 spaces for him?  Did no one tell him that little detail?  Did he just assume he’d get the other 6 in there? 

    As for the services, I thought it was absolutely lovely.  I only watched up to TD Jakes then clips thereafter, until the very very end. CNN, REALLY?  All day and then recap afterwards?   I thought that was a bit excessive. 

    Thank you Lord for giving us Kevin Costner,  WOW.  I love BeBe’s stories too.  I always thought of Whitney as a little more down to earth than some stars.  At least she gave me that feeling.  And man, did I cry when they played ” I will always love you” on the way out. 

  • Anonymous

    You’re an idiot with no comprehension of addiction.  We know she made efforts to “get clean” and, frankly, there’s no official cause of death and no evidence illegal drugs were involved.  You sanctimonious so-and-so.  Do you remember when actor Cory Haim died?  Many followed your lead here and jumped up and down cheering and assuming it was by drug OD when the actual cause of death was untreated pneumonia.

    How dare you get on your high horse and attack the dead in defence of a self-absorbed, abusive cretin like Bobby Brown.

  • Anonymous

    Why would they re-seat him twice?  I mean the dude is there, he is seated, someone(security) it seems, asks him to move, he does, he is then asked to move and be seated again?  Seriously?

    Other than that we are all just speculating.  I actually know stuff that I won’t post out of respect to the entire family, but some stuff is just obvious.  If you want to cause a scene just make someone uncomfortable, especially someone who has already taken alot of hits over the years about his responsibility for his ex-wife’s downfall. There aren’t too many good guys with white hats in the story sadly.

  • http://twitter.com/AdamsArmyGirl Linda Vastardis

    This is really eerie ….

    I’m watching “The Bodyguard” on Lifetime and Rachel (Whitney) is just arriving via Limo at the Oscars with her Bodyguard in tow.  They are all very concerned for her safety but she’s not and utters these words:

    “Screw it, I’m not going to worry about it anymore.  When your time’s up, it’s up.”

    Chilling … also I was never so aware before of all the ‘drinking’ going on in this movie … art imitating life? 

  • Chris

    None of us were there, so we can’t speak to the re-seating.  I can only say that:  1) he knows he is an ex, he knows there are some people there that do not like him and blame him for her downfall.  Every ex knows their status so he shouldn’t have expected anyone to save him basically a whole pew.   Whitney was the mother of only 1 child.  2)  Bottom line, if he was there to support his daughter, why leave with the other kids?  Their mother wasn’t lying in a casket. Put the ego aside, and do something for your child. Can you imagine how she felt this afternoon finding out he left.  What kid wants to hear that their dad left the memorial over a seating dispute.  As others have posted, that poor girl does not stand a chance at a normal life with parents like this.

  • ting

    We don’t know what Bobby’s relationship with Bobbi Kristina is.  If they are not on good terms, perhaps that is why they treated Bobby like that – to give her some space from him.  We will never know their true family dynamics and it is futile to make judgements based on speculation.  It is a sad situation all the way around.  I hope the papparazzi doesn’t hound her.

  • Keith Kristynik

    It was a beautiful service.  Very moving with great music.  

  • GeauxSaints

    True that.  And it is my understanding that she was as mean as a viper and likely to physically or verbally attack at any given perceived slight.   She sang a few songs wonderfully, but I fail to see that she is in any way deserving of all this fan fare and love. IMO someone like Jordan Sparks has contributed more (speaking out about body image etc.) to the world. As far as the online stream: Tacky.  Just Tacky.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1403015987 Sharon Ulrich Davis

    I read several reports that as of yesterday Bobbi Khristina had not spoken to her father since her mother died.  IF that is true, it explains why he wasn’t allowed to sit on the front row. He obviously was invited or he wouldn’t have been allowed thru the door, but personally I think walking up and sitting on the front row was out of line to say nothing of showing up with 8 others.  Jesse Jackson said there were three people sitting with him when they asked him to move from the front row.   He also said Cissy and Bobbi K were not sitting there when it happened.  This is one of those stories that will float around with all kinds of “eye witnesses” who all saw something different.  Bottom line for me is that if Bobbi K had wanted him near her for the services, that’s where he would have been.  Someone alerted those security people.  I can’t see them just doing it without any direction.   

    I also think Whitney is not blameless in her addictions, no one is unless they are tied up and forced to use.  My perception all these years of Bobby as the one who was responsible was probably unfair.  Whitney had the good-girl image with the religious image, so Bobby was an easy person to blame for her downfall.  A few years ago I saw a video of Whitney attempting to sing at a concert.  It made me cry to see how far down she had fallen from the God gifted singer I remembered.  From many reports, even before her death, she was trying to recover and as a former fan, I was hoping they were true. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    To fuzzywuzzy:  Here is what happened according to huffpo:
    Brown arrived as the service began. He walked to the casket, touched it and walked to the back of the church Saturday.
    Brown says in a statement that he and his children were seated but asked repeatedly to move. Brown says he left because he didn’t want to create a scene. As he left, Brown appeared upset.

    Time to let Bobby off the hook, as Whitney herself said he wasn’t the cause of her addition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    Randi:  Not true.  There were several interventions.  Cissy even had her arrested in Atlanta by the Sheriff’s department, but Whitney was an adult.  You can’t tell an adult what to do.  Tyler Perry intervened (did you see the funeral?), Mel Gibson intervened.  A lot of people cared.

  • Anonymous

    I agree, she was responsible for her own life, her career and unfortunately for her, destroying her beautiful voice and lastly ending her life prematurely. Whatever the drama was with Bobby at the funeral, after they bury Whitney today, they all need to concentrate on getting Bobbi Christina some help. If all of these people get too caught up in reliving the past and old grudges, they will let let the cycle continue, of Bobbi Christina wellbeing not being put first over a bunch drama and bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    Whitney’s death is so sad. Those close to her say that she had started using drugs long before she met Bobby. He, of course, had his own problems, so the two of them were not good for each other in that respect. I’m guessing that had Whitney never met Bobby, her story would still have had a tragic ending.

    I was very moved by Kevin Costner’s tribute. He shared some personal moments that showed us that Whitney was so much more than just a “voice.”

  • BonnieDee

    Bobby Brown is pathetic!  It’s not about you Bobby or where you get to sit!  It’s about mourning your ex wife, the mother of your daughter.  What a self absorbed jerk. 

  • revcat

    IMHO making a livestream available was not tacky. Those who weren’t interested didn’t have to watch. I watched and I cried, truthfully not over Whitney but at other sad events in my life that have happened, some very recently and some very tragically ongoing. All of us can relate to the loss her family is feeling, that’s what makes us human. None of us really knows why Whitney did the things she did, and will never know. All I really know is she was very beautiful and hearing her voice lifts my spirit.

  • shell29

    ITA.  Bobbi’s going to need the support and love of all of her family right now.  Time to bury old grudges with Whitney and focus on this young lady.  Her mom’s death could potentially send Bobbi on a downward spiral unless they ALL step in to help her.  Whitney met such a sad ending-I’m praying that the same doesn’t happen to Bobbi Kristina.

  • Tess

    For me it was more than tacky and I didn’t watch nor have I watched any of the snippets.  Having someone close to me be a drug addict and how that not only ruined their own life but many others as well I have zero, nada, no sympathy for those who embrace their addictions above the health and well being of all those around them…and I fully believe in free agency and that it is a choice.  Yes, addiction is a disease, but one that can be controlled with the self-will that the universe gave us.

    The people that I chose to admire are those that have turned their lives around and do understand that it is a daily battle….not those who finally do chose to “kill” themselves rather than face their own souls….and I know no one really thinks they are going to die (soldiers in battle prove that every day) but holding a loaded gun to your head and squeezing the trigger is a pretty good indication that someone’s days are numbered.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The toxicology results from the autopsy are not in yet.  Although drugs may be involved (only prescription meds were found at the scene), it may have been an accidental overdose or lethal reaction of meds  exacerbated by the hot bath and/or alcohol.  Until those results are known, I don’t think that anyone knows what really happened and even then, there may only be a best guess.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Is this the report that you are referring to? 

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/18/bobby-brown-whitney-houston-funeral-leaves_n_1286537.html

    It’s not clear if the first part is from an eye witness or just repeating what other media reported.  I didn’t know that Bobby and Whitney’s marriage lasted 15 years.  That’s a long time for such a dysfunctional and mutually damaging relationship.

  • Tess

    Whether she died of an accidental overdose, a heart attack, or just plain bad luck makes no difference to me.  The person close to me died of massive heart failure and the inability for his lungs to start working again after the surgery for a quadruple by-pass.  If he hadn’t been smoking meth prior to his heart attack none of this would of happened and his lungs wouldn’t have failed.  His death certificate may say heart failure…but we all know better.  Same with Whitney….20 some odd years of massive drug use killed her…not what happened in the final days.

  • judes

    Not coming here to condemn Whitney or Bobby just wanted to say I am glad that  this was a respectful funeral.This is not the time for condemnations but for sending off someone who meant something to those who spoke & to the close friends & family.
    I can’t access any of these videos now but I saw Kevin Costner’s speech on the news here & it was very moving.I think he & Whitney formed a very strong bond from making The Bodyguard.
     I just hope Whitney’s daughter now gets the help & support she needs to get over the problems she has & that she can learn from her parents mistakes.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Without having any information about Whitney’s real life mental/physical condition at the time of her death, it’s not possible to make any kind of determination about the cause of her death at this point.  Obviously, people one knows in real life aren’t in the same category as celebrities.

  • Anonymous

    thanks for the post. i saw this on t.v. very sad…..

  • Anonymous

     I think they were opposites attract.  She was the ultimate good girl and he was a bad boy.  

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    It is hard to figure it out, but Whitney did say it was Bobbi-Kristina who encouraged her to divorce Bobby.  It just seemed to me he was not welcomed to sit with his daughter.

    I was also thinking of what a horrible time it was for Jordin and Jennifer to have a reunion with Ricky Minor.  It is something I am sure they never thought would happen.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Did Bobby have children BEFORE he married Whitney?  That would be the only way any of the children would call Whitney their former step-mom.  The children would be half-brother and half-sisters, right?

    We are only observers and have no way of knowing the family dynamics going on.  We don’t know if Bobby had an on-going relationship with  daughter Bobbi-Kristina.