Whitney Houston Funeral To Be Private, And Bobby Brown Is Invited

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Contrary to previous reports that Whitney Houston’s funeral would be a public event at the Prudential Center, the service will be a private one, according to The Associated Press. The funeral will take place on Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, which holds 1,500 people, Whigham Funeral Home told reporters. Gospel singer and Houston family friend Marvin Winans will deliver the eulogy.

Meanwhile, a source close to Bobby Brown denied TMZ’s story that Whitney’s family was preventing Bobby Brown from seeing daughter Bobbi Kristina and from attending the funeral. While Houston’s family is in New Jersey, her 18-year-old daughter remains in California with her father and Brown’s other children, ABC News reports.

“My daughter Bobbi Kristina is doing much better,” Brown said in a statement on 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.”

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