News: "I Love [Whitney] Like I Love God ... My Name Is Bad A** Bobby Brown"

Friday, Feb 17, 2012 1:30PM

Written by Biz Jones

R&B veteran Bobby Brown raised a few eyebrows this week after giving an emotional, although confusing, tribute to his late ex-wife Whitney Houston during a Mississippi concert.

Currently on tour with New Edition, Bobby shared his feelings toward the late Houston Thursday (February 16) night.

Bobby Brown gave an emotional tribute to Whitney Houston during a New Edition concert in Mississippi last night ... and then he totally RUINED the moment. The tribute was nice ... with Bobby thanking his fans and his family for support and saying, "Life is life ... you have to move on sometimes." And then he said this, "I love [Whitney] like I love God ... my name is BAD ASS Bobby Brown." You stay classy. Bad Ass Bobby will continue the concert tour tomorrow night -- hitting the stage at an Indian casino in Connecticut just hours after Whitney is laid to rest in New Jersey. (TMZ)

With the singer's funeral set to take place over the weekend, initial reports suggested Brown was not invited.

One of Houston's family members confirmed to ABC News Tuesday night that while many people in the family don't want Brown to attend the private, invite-only, Saturday funeral, they can't stop him because of his daughter with Houston, Bobbi Kristina. She was hospitalized for stress and anxiety after Houston's Saturday death. (ABC News)

Despite the reports, Brown and a slew of celebrities are expected to attend.

Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will perform at Whitney Houston's funeral Saturday. Houston's "Bodyguard" co-star Kevin Costner, ex-husband Bobby Brown and Oprah Winfrey are expected to attend, as are Tyler Perry, Rickey Minor, Alicia Keys and Dionne Warwick. (Washington Post)

Following Houston's unexpected passing last weekend, Brown experienced an emotional moment during a performance.

Bobbi Kristina's dad, Bobby Brown, was also distraught over the death of the pop and R&B diva. While performing a Mississippi concert with his band New Edition on Saturday night, Brown was visibly shaken but still managed to address the crowd, telling fans that their support for New Edition over the years was the only thing that allowed him to get through the show. "First of all, I want to tell you that I love you all," he said. "Second, I would like to say, 'I love you Whitney.' The hardest thing for me to do is come on this stage." (MTV)

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