Bobby Brown broke down in tears onstage as he performed just hours after hearing of his ex-wife’s death.
The 43-year-old singer, who was said to be ‘in and out of crying fits’ after hearing about Whitney Houston’s death, wept during his performance, saying ‘I love you, Whitney,’ as he blew kisses to the sky.
A relative of Bobby said that he is ‘shattered and beyond devastated’ at the news and had flown to be with his and Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina, who has reportedly checked herself into hospital after downing alcohol on hearing of her mother’s death.
The 43-year-old was spotted at Nashville airport today with an entourage of people.
He is undoubtedly desperate to get to the bedside of his daughter after the teen was rushed to hospital earlier today.
Her initial trip to the hospital came after learning of the devastating news, when the teenager reportedly consumed alcoholic drinks and was then given a sedative to calm her down by one of her mother’s entourage. She ended up passing out.
It is understood that she was admitted to hospital again this morning to be treated for anxiety and stress, before being released later in the day.
Bobby was reportedly ‘in and out of crying fits’ yesterday after the death of his ex-wife Whitney Houston.
But Bobby Brown decided the show must go on and still took to the stage to perform with his band New Edition, just hours after the iconic singer’s sudden and tragic passing.
A video posted by an audience member to YouTube showed the star struggling to perform and nervously pacing around the stage as he attempted to sing songs with his band.
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.
A spokesman for the local police department said that emergency services had been called to the hotel at 3.43 this afternoon, arriving minutes later.
Officials rushed to the room on the fourth floor where she was staying as a guest, where they found security staff attempting to revive her.
Life-saving attempts were unsuccessful, and she was pronounced dead at 3.55pm.
The cause of death is as yet unknown.
TMZ also reports that according to hotel staff, the star ‘partied heavily’ with friends last night, who were all drinking in the bar and making lots of noise.
Bobby and Whitney had a notoriously turbulent relationship that was riddled with drug use and marital problems.
Whitney 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: ‘He was my drug’.
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 pair’s last public outing together showed they seemed to have put their toxic past behind them.
by Lorelle Heath