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Bobby explains why he left Whitney's funeral

Whitney Houston's ex-husband Bobby Brown, who left the singer's funeral noticeably early, has said he did so because he and his current family were not treated well.

entertainment Updated: Feb 20, 2012 10:11 IST
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Whitney Houston's ex-husband Bobby Brown, who left the singer's funeral noticeably early, has said he did so because he and his current family were not treated well.

Houston's four-hour funeral service at the Newark's New Hope Baptist Church on Saturday was packed with people but Brown left within 15 minutes, reported Us magazine.

Addressing the speculation that he was thrown out, turned away and rumors that he didn't show at all, Brown, who's schedule to perform at a concert on Saturday, has released an official statement, explaining the situation in full.

"My children and I were invited to the funeral of my ex-wife Whitney Houston," he said, referring to his three kids from previous relationships Landon, 26, La'princia, 11, Robert Jr., 10, plus Cassius, his two-year-old with wife Alicia Etheridge.

"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."

Earlier this week, a source told Us that there is still underlying tension between Houston's relatives and Brown, who married Houston in 1992. Their divorce was finalized in 2007.