Man, this is so sad!
Man, this is so sad!
Whitney Houston’s family has revealed that they are profiting from footage of her funeral. The proceeds will benefit the estate of the late singer. According to TMZ:
Whitney Houston’s “home going” ceremony has turned into a money maker for her Estate — which very quietly struck a deal to sell the video of the funeral.
Here’s how it went down … Associated Press provided a live pool feed of the funeral to media outlets around the world (including TMZ) on Saturday — but everyone had to pull the footage 24 hours later. Why?
A rep for the family confirms the family has now “agreed to license footage to several media outlets.” The rep says the family is charging “customary fees” to … “help maximize the estate for the benefit of Bobbi Kristina.”
Tacky? Or financially smart decision?
I have to admit that I didn’t watch a single bit of the funeral because it felt SO strange to me to watch someone’s funeral via livestream. Did you watch?
Whitney Houston was laid to rest Sunday at a private ceremony in New Jersey, her home state. The ceremony took place at a church in Newark where she sang as a little girl. While the family opted for a private funeral, they did allow media cameras to film it – meaning it was broadcast on channels like CNN.
Whintey’s family, friends and costars attended the funeral to celebrate her career, and mourn the loss of such an amazing talent. She was remembered by people like Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Clive Davis and Kevin Costner.
After the ceremony, her body was taken to a nearby cemetery, where she would be laid to rest next to her father, who died in 2003. Fans gathered near the funeral home, and slowly ran alongsie the hearse as it journeyed to Houston’s gravesite.
Here is more of what happened on Sunday:
Bobbi Kristina sat by her grandmother’s side during the 3.5 hour funeral. Shortly after the funeral was over, the 18-year-old went missing. Several sources speculate that she’s on drugs again. “There was some confusion about Bobbi Kristina’s whereabouts last night for a short time, but she’s OK,” a Houston family spokesperson told The Daily Beast on Sunday, adding that drugs were not part of the equation. “She needed some time alone.”
“My daughter Bobbi Kristina is doing much better,” he told ABC News in a new statement late Tuesday. “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.” (US Weekly)
There were 1,500 invitations sent out, but Bobbi Brown only got one – for himself. “According to New Jersey paper The Star Ledger, the R&B singer, 43, arrived outside of the New Hope Baptist Church Saturday afternoon with an entourage of nine people in tow, demanding that they all get seats in the front row. The paper adds that Brown himself was allowed in, but he opted to leave with the rest of the people not admitted. “He was allowed to go in, pay his respects and then he had to leave,” a witness tells Us Weekly. “He was red-eyed going up to the casket and then left. He was there for 15 minutes.” A source has 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. “There are family members who felt Bobby drove Whitney into drugs,” one source explained. “But now Bobby is clean and Whitney has unfortunately passed. So there’s resentment.” (US Weekly)
After leaving the funeral, Bobbi released a statement: “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.”
Kevin Costner spoke at the funeral. In part, he said: “To you, Bobbi Kristina, and to all those young girls who are dreaming that dream, thinking that maybe they aren’t good enough, I think Whitney would tell you, guard your bodies. And guard the precious miracle of your own life. Then sing your hearts out.” In closing, he got choked up and said, “Off you go Whitney, off you go. Escorted by an army of angels to your heavenly Father. When you sing before him, don’t you worry. You’ll be good enough.”
Whitney’s casket was carried out to “I Will Always Love You”.
Country singer LeAnn Rimes performed an incredibly beautiful tribute to Whitney Houston, who passed over the weekend.
LeAnn was emotional – and got choked up during her rendition of “I Will Always Love You”.
Rimes was singing in Reno on Saturday – the same day Whitney died in Beverly Hills.
Before the show, Rimes tweeted “Wow, I learned how to do what I do because of 3 great women, one being Whitney. She was always so kind to me. This is not gonna be an easy show for sure. I’m doing what she taught me to do by listening to her records over & over as a little girl. Her death is very surreal.”
Here are some new pictures of LeAnn at LAX.
After learning of mom Whitney Houston’s death, Bobbi Kristina Brown had a breakdown and was taken to Cedars Sinai Hospital. Bobby Brown rushed back to Los Angeles (he’s currently touring with New Edition) to console his daughter, 18.
“My daughter did visit with doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,” her father Bobby Brown says in a statement.
“She has been released and is presently with my family including her siblings.”
“Obviously the death of her mother is affecting her. However we will get through this tragedy as a family.”
Whitney’s funeral is said to be later this week in New Jersey.