by Hauwa Gambo
The burial for music icon Whitney Houston who passed away last Friday is now on – carried live across networks but especially notable on CNN.
R and B king R Kelly delivered a powerful rendition for the singer – winning the hearts of fans across the world, as seen through Twitter reactions.
Diva and Houston godmother Aretha Franklim was also to pay tribute, but according to TV host Al Rocker, “Just heard from Aretha Franklin. Suffering from muscle spasms and leg cramps, she was heartbroken unable to sing at Whitney’s funeral.”
But it wasn’t all love.
Notably, her ex-husband Bobby Brown was not given a slot to speak at the burial, and sitting arrangements have kept him far from the family – and his daughter – causing him to storm off.
See report from the Daily Mail:
Bobby Brown dramatically stormed out of his ex-wife Whitney Houston’s funeral today – before returning via a side entrance to the church shortly after.
The 43-year-old singer was cheered by fans as he arrived – but according to a mourner at the service family became ‘frustrated’ inside.
The woman, who declined to give her name, said that Brown got agitated at something and walked out with his female companion behind him.
It is unclear whether he had an altercation with one of Whitney’s family members – who are not on good terms with Brown.
The mourner said: ‘He was frustrated about something, maybe somebody said something to him or he was in a mood, I don’t know, but he came back a little while later.’
Meanwhile, the outspoken Reverend Al Sharpton revealed he had spoken to Brown in an attempt to calm him down.
He tweeted: ‘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!’
Early reports suggest Brown, who became divorced from Whitney in 2007, was denied entry to the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.
Shortly after the service began he was seen leaving the church with a grim expression on his face accompanied by a female companion.
They stood outside for a few moments before getting in to a waiting SUV and drove off.
Brown, who Houston’s family blamed for her drug addiction, had reportedly been invited after her family put aside their differences and begrudgingly said he could come.
Moments after the drama singer Stevie Wonder arrived and was led up the church steps and through the front door.
As Brown was waiting outside the church an unidentified man stood next to him crying uncontrollably.
Brown himself appeared to be wiping away a tear as he got into his car.