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OTRC: Bobby Brown pays tribute to Whitney Houston at New Edition concert

Bobby Brown took the stage at the New Edition concert at in Uncasville, Connecticut on February 18 and paid tribute to his late ex-wife Whitney Houston, whose funeral service occurred earlier that afternoon.

The 43-year-old singer told the crowd, "I want to give blessings to my ex-wife Whitney Houston. I love you," according to Us Weekly.

Brown also mentioned he had a "difficult" year.

The signer left the funeral service for his ex-wife shortly after it began. He explained in a statement to the media, "My children and I were invited to the funeral of my ex-wife Whitney Houston. 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 continue to ask us and no one else to move. Security then prevented me from attempting to see my daughter Bobbi-Kristina," the statement continued. "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. My children are completely distraught over the events. This was a day to honor Whitney. I doubt Whitney would have wanted this to occur. I will continue to pay my respects to my ex-wife the best way I know how."

Houston married Brown in 1992 and filed a domestic abuse charge against him the following year. The pair got divorced in 2007. Houston had sole custody of the couple's only daughter, 18-year-old Bobbi Kristina Brown.

During the concert in Connecticut, Brown also said, "I want to give another blessing to my kids, my fiancée, my brothers and all of you. Thank you for the love."

Houston was pronounced dead at age 48 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California on February 11, a day before the 2012 Grammy Awards.

Brown reportedly broke down backstage when he heard the news before his show with New Edition in Mississippi and was too distraught to perform in his band's opening song.

Alicia Keys and Stevie Wonder were among those who performed at the service. Speakers included Kevin Costner, Tyler Perry, music mogul Clive Davis, who helped launch her career, gospel stars Kim Burrell and Donnie McClurkin, musical director Rickey Minor and Cece Winans, a gospel singer who is also the godmother of Houston's daughter. Gospel singer and pastor Marvin Winans gave the eulogy.

The guest list also includes Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce and husband Jay-Z, Elton John, David Bowie, Bill Cosby and Chaka Khan, who was the original singer of "I'm Every Woman," another song Houston sang in "The Bodyguard," a source close to the matter told the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

After the memorial service, the iconic pop singer will be laid to rest 15 miles away, at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, according to her death certificate, which was obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. Her father was buried there after he died in 2003. The 105-acre cemetery is also an arboretum. It contains a pond with a fountain, flowers and 61 species of trees.

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