Bobby Brown Performs, Gambles After Whitney Houston Funeral (Video)
Just hours after Bobby Brown left ex-wife Whitney Houston's funeral Saturday, he returned to his tour with New Edition at Mohegan Sun Casino.
The singer joined his group 10 minutes into their set, dressed in a black and white ensemble and a black fedora.
“Blessings to my ex-wife, Whitney Houston. I love you,” he told the crowd, pointing his finger in the air. “I want to give blessings to my kids, my fiancee (Alicia Etheridge), my brothers (pointing to his New Edition group), and all of you.”
Brown had left Houston's funeral shortly before the ceremony was about to begin at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., upset that the group of nine people that came with him were asked to leave. He released a statement claiming he decided to leave after the church's security barred him from seeing his daughter with Houston, Bobbi Kristina.
Al Sharpton defended Brown to CNN after Saturday's ceremony. "He showed nothing but love and respect. ... I wish people would leave Bobby alone," he said.
At Mohegan Sun, Brown sang "Mr. Telephone Man" with an emotionally strained voice, but as New Edition sang "Candy Girl" and their hit song "My Prerogative," Brown was reenergized. The Boston-based group had the sold-out 7,000-seat arena on their feet, dancing in the aisles, cheering and laughing.
After the show, according to People, Brown, along with some band mates and a group of family and friends, headed to Bobby Flay's restaurant Bar Americain inside the casino before heading for the high rollers gambling area, where Brown settled into a $500 minimum bet blackjack table. Onlookers said Brown only gambled for about 20 minutes.