Bobby Brown Leaves Whitney Houston Funeral Early, Releases Statement

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After days spent arguing with Whitney Houston's family over whether or not he'd attend his ex-wife funeral, multiple sources confirm that Bobby Brown continued arguing with his former in-laws today.

And actually left the memorial after just 20 minutes as a result.

Bobby Brown at Whitney Houston Funeral

Both E! News and TMZ report that Brown brought an entourage of nine people in to the Newark church. It's unclear exactly what happened from there, but the singer was spotted exiting the house of worship shortly after the service began.

"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!" Al Sharpton Tweeted, while Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson says a "seating arrangement" dispute was at play.

Brown also has a concert gig tonight in Connecticut with New Edition, but it's believed this disagreement with Whitney's family is the reason why he left the premises so quickly.

UPDATE: Brown has released the following 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. 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.”

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I wonder if our lives were put on personal display for the public would the harsh commitments be the same or world they be different, hell we can sit back and criticize all day, but are we living our lives to the fullest potential, "NO", so remember her for her accomplishments and not for the everyday bs., and stop giving bobby the spotlight

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S.I.P......(WHITNEY) NO MATTER WAT SHE DID, IF IT WAS GUD OR BAD PPL'S R STILL GOIN 2 TLK. LOVE U4 EVA (WHITNEY). AN 4 (BOBBI KRISTINA) MY HEART GOES OUT 2U......BUT (GOD) MAKE NO MISTAKES KEEP UR HEAD UP. ALSO MY HEART GOES OUT 2 (BOBBY BROWN)......NO MATTER WAT WE DNT KNW WAT WENT ON BEHIND CLOSE DOORS WIT THEM. PPL'S NEEDS 2 GET A LIFE., CAUSE IF IT WAS US WE DNT WANT 2B JUDGED.

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Bobby Brown..he couldn't steal her shine in life,why not try in death. Crazy how she always defended his honor, but bobby never returned the loyalty.....But let thee without sin cast the first stone.

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With all do respect for all who made comments, I only have this to say; Whitney gave us what we paid for, entertainment an in some cases, joy through her music. What went on in her personal life, was not our business , some of us tried to make it our business. As for Bobby Brown, if his heart wasn't in the right place for reasons other than, saying his last good-bye to Whitney , then that's on him. We couldn't be anymore better than the Houston / Brown crew if we are sitting back here debating on who was right or wrong, it's amazing how furneral's can bring out the worst in people. Be happy that Whitney is not suffering anymore an pray for Bobbi , that whatever she is or has been doing with her life, that she turn it all over to God an go on with her life. I don't want to waste time going back an forth with the, who done it game, Whitney is home now, let her rest. God bless you all. Do as I did, go out an get her old music an remember her go the

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God plainly says in the Bible that those who judge, He will judge also. Hope everyone heals and puts all the riff-raff aside. Bobbi Kristina is just another girl who lost her Mom, but in this case she was a beautiful public celebrity. Bobbi Kristina will need all their support. Bobby Brown is a human being with red blood flowing through his veins just like the rest of us, and that means he is a child of the Most High God, too, so all of you with venominous remarks, leave him alone.

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It is amazing to me how a beautiful, ultra talented lady like Whitney Houston settled for, and lived with a hood rat like Bobby Brown to begin with.I heard Costner's eulogy, and in it he mentioned that Whitney questioned her real talent and value. Possibly, this is the reason for dealing with the Brown jerk and her association with another undeserving clown. God seems to call the really SPECIAL ones home early. I hope that Whitney finds more peace, wherever she is, than she found here.

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This is NOT the time to trade blames on either Bobby Brown,Bobbi Christiana Brown or late Whitney Houston.Bobby love his ex-wife,his daughter & his many children;his fans too inclusive.They both entertain & love us their fans;and in this moment of grief,all they need is our support and understanding.Accept my sincere condolence,Mr. Bobby Brown.

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You Bobby haters need to stop blaming Bobby. How do we know Whitney didn't introduce Bobby to drugs? The person suffering now is their child Bobbi Christina.

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Bobby Brown is not responsible for the decisions that whitney made in her life. Whitney knew the different between yes and no. Bobby didn't put a gun to her head and forced her to take drugs, she took them because she enjoyed them as much as he did. When she go before her God, he's not going to ask where's Bobby?

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He was an ex for a reason. Why he expected him and his entorage to be given front row and center for her funeral defies all reason. He was her EX!
Do I think he should have been given an invitation? Yes. Do I think he deserved it? No.
Do I believe it's pretty unrealistic to lay all of Whitney's flaws at Bobby Brown doorstep? Yes. She was what she was. Warts and all. Do I believe that he gave his best to protect his wife and daughter? No.
He gave himself his best and bailed when she became a liability.
My best guess is now he is writing a "tell all" story to cash in on his "sorrow" and one-sided skew of her demise.
And..he will come out of that book smelling like a rose. At least, that will be his hope. But in the end...he will be looking at book $, not unlike he looked at Whitney when she was alive.