The latest report to come out from the media now questions whether Bobby Brown has been reportedly shut out from Whitney Houston’s family and funeral plans in New Jersey.
The New Edition singer, who was on tour in Mississippi when he received word of Houston’s passing, denies the reports that he won’t be attending the funeral and that the family has kept him away from Bobbi Kristina, the former couple’s only child.
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 on the eve of the Grammy Awards. 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.
Kevin Frazier, the co-host of “Entertainment Tonight,” told the Tom Joyner Morning Show Tuesday morning that, according to his inside sources, Brown had yet to even see his own daughter, Bobbi Kristina, since he flew out to Los Angeles
The 18-year-old Bobbi Kristina is reportedly in New Jersey with her mother’s family, but Bobby Brown’s camp said she was still in California with her father and her other siblings.
“My daughter Bobbi Kristina is doing much better,” her father said Tuesday evening in a written statement. “We continue to provide love and support to Bobbi Kristina. She is dealing with the tragedy of her mother’s death and would prefer to do it outside of the public eye. I ask again that our privacy be respected.”
Tension is said to be high between the two families, particularly between Houston’s mother, Cissy, and Bobby Brown. Brown’s and Houston’s marriage was an explosive 15-year union whose dysfunction was laid bare before a ravenous public with multiple arrests, imprisonments and a highly rated reality show, “Being Bobby Brown.”
TMZ reported on Feb. 14 that Brown was being frozen out of attending the service by some of Whitney Houston’s family members, but the source told ABC News that Brown had been contacted about going.