Contrary to previous rumors that Whitney Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown was banned from the late icon’s invitation-only funeral by her disapproving family, new reports claim that the R&B singer has in fact been invited to attend the ceremony tomorrow (Feb. 18).
“He is not being banned. That’s completely untrue,” a family source told People. “Bobby will be there at the funeral to support his [and Houston’s] daughter [Bobbi Kristina Brown, 18]. There was some talk … some people were angry at him, but that’s just grief. He will be there,” a family friend added.
Indeed, many have attributed Whitney’s tragic downfall to Brown’s negative influence and hard-partying ways during their tumultuous 15-year marriage, but it looks like her family and friends will have to put their opinions aside as they gather to mourn her death.
Not only will Brown be there for the funeral, lending his support to daughter Bobbi Kristina, but he will also be performing with his original New Edition bandmates in a concert that same night, just hours after Whitney is laid to rest! Brown’s rep confirms the singer will hit the stage at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena tomorrow night. Brown, of course, fought back tears as he performed on the very night Whitney was found dead (Feb. 11).
Speakers set to pay tribute to Whitney during the televised and live-streaming Newark, N.J. funeral tomorrow include Clive Davis, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Kevin Costner.