Whitney Houston's Ex Asked to Leave Funeral Mass

World | February 19, 2012, Sunday // 10:36|  views

The hearse carrying the body of US singer Whitney Houston leaves Whigham Funeral Home proceeding to the New Hope Baptist Church for Houston`s funeral, in Newark, New Jersey, USA. EPA/BGNES

Whitney Houston's former husband Bobby Brown has left her funeral Saturday, shortly before the start of the services.

According to celebrity gossip site TMZ, citing their own sources at the ceremony, Brown had been asked to leave by security after he got into an argument with Houston's family over whether or not he could bring nine people into the church with him, because he had the right to bring just two guests.

TMZ reports that Brown was spotted going into the church today in Newark, NJ, but was seen leaving shortly thereafter because he became upset when he found out they would not seat his whole party.

TMZ sources also say Bobby wanted to sit with his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, but Whitney's family did not allow it.

The site further quotes Reverend Al Sharpton saying upon leaving the the New Hope Baptist Church: "He showed nothing but love and respect for Whitney. I wish people would leave Bobby alone."

Brown has issued a statement later on, stating, "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."

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown were married for 15 years before they divorced in 2007.

The casket of Whitney Houston is heavily guarded until the burial Sunday morning, with 10 security guards tasked with keeping watch on it.

The pop icon will be buried in her father's tomb in Westfield, near her hometown of Newark, where the ceremony was held Saturday.

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