Bobby Brown has been battling with Whitney Houston‘s family over seeing his daughter ever since Whitney passed away last week … but Bobby won’t turn this into a legal battle … TMZ has learned.
Sources close to the New Edition singer tell TMZ … Bobby really wants to be there for Bobbi Kristina, but does not want to make the situation more stressful for her than it already is.
We’re told Bobby was very upset with how he was treated at Whitney’s funeral yesterday and feels her family should be as considerate to him as his family was to Whitney when Bobby’s mother passed away last year.
According to our sources, Bobby won’t bring lawyers into the situation and, as on source said, he feels “this sort of thing you let the higher power handle.”
According to New York Post, Whitney Houston is being laid to rest at a private ceremony in New Jersey.
Houston died Feb. 11 in California at age 48. No cause of death has been determined.
She is being buried Sunday at the cemetery in Westfield where her father was interred in 2003. Onlookers were gathering along the route to her gravesite as the police-escorted motorcade headed toward it and the hearse carrying her casket entered the cemetery.
According to, Celebrity Gossip-Celebrity News, The Help” star Octavia Spencer 41, was appearing for photography enthusiasts with fellow cast people and crew when she fell off stage and arrived on her behalf booty in the NAACP Image Honours on Friday (Feb 17)
Regrettably, the embarrassing moment was caught on camera, but, fortunately, Octavia, who used the ground-length electric blue gown by Tadashi Shoji, could wake up with a few help (sic) and go out without any injuries, only a bruised ego.
According to CNN, Singer Bobby Brown said: “My children and I were invited to the funeral of my ex-wife Whitney Houston,” Brown later said in a statement. “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 continued 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. … I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how,” the statement said.
Brown was expected to attend with two guests but showed up with 10 people, a close friend of the Houston family told CNN on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
“The family approached Bobby and told him that he could stay in the area reserved for family, but that his guests would need to move to a different section to make room for Cissy (Houston) and the rest of the family,” the family friend said. “Bobby said no.”
When Brown refused, the family asked police to intervene.
“The police told Bobby that he could stay in the area reserved for family, but that his guests needed to move,” the friend said. “Bobby said no, and left with all of his guests.”
The family friend maintained that Brown was always invited to the funeral.
“There was never a question of whether he would be invited or not,” the friend said.
Describing what happened at the service, the Rev. Al Sharpton posted on his Twitter account: “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.”
Brown was scheduled to perform with his group, New Edition, later Saturday in Connecticut. Brown considers performing as therapy to get him through a difficult time, a source close to him said Sunday.
He and Houston were married from 1992 until 2007, with Houston getting sole custody of their daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, when they divorced. Their daughter was born in 1993.