Bobby Brown is reportedly â€˜in and out of crying fitsâ€™ following the death of his ex-wife Whitney Houston, but decided the show must go on and still took to the stage to perform with his band New Edition, just hours after the iconic singerâ€™s sudden and tragic passing. During his concert in Mississippi, the 43-year-old tearfully shouted, ‘I love you, Whitney,’ as he blew kisses to the sky. Continue reading after the jump.
Bobby told the crowd: ‘I would like to say, “I love you, Whitney.” The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage.’
According to Us Weekly, Bobby received huge applause as he came onstage late, after apparently breaking down just before the show was due to begin.
A source told the publication that Bobby broke down during his performance of the ballad Tenderoni, and asked the audience to sing along as he sobbed.
He was then unable to finish the song and walked off, with the concert finishing shortly afterwards.
A relative of Bobby has said that he is ‘shattered and beyond devastated’ at the news.
The source has said: ‘He wanted to tell everyone about it before it hit the news. He didn’t want any of us to hear about it on television.
The relative added: ‘He could hardly get the words out when he called me. He was sobbing, and by the end of the call, I was sobbing too. He’s beside himself right now.’
Whitney died yesterday afternoon at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, aged 48.
Before her death, Whitney had admitted that she and Bobby took cocaine and marijuana together through their 14 years of marriage.
During this tumultuous time, Bobby was arrested for drugs and alcohol and Whitney entered drug rehabilitation programs twice.
They wed in July 1992 and eventually separated in September 2006, before their divorce was finalised in April 2007.
Three years after their split, Whitney described her troubled marriage to Bobby with the poignant words: â€˜He was my drugâ€™.
The couple have an 18-year-old daughter together, Bobbi Kristina.
And despite Bobby and Whitney’s rocky relationship, the trio were reunited last week for a slap-up meal together.
Whitney looked happy as she left the Beverly Hills eatery after dinner, and was followed shortly after Bobby and Bobbi Kristina, who held hands as they headed off together.
Whitney won custody of Bobbi Kristina following her divorce from the R&B star, with Bobby being allowed visitation rights.
However the pairâ€™s last public outing together showed they seemed to have put their toxic past behind them.