Whitney Houston's family have appealed for privacy at her funeral at a New Jersey church that she attended as a child. Some details of the funeral have been released but what remains unclear is whether or not her estranged husband, Bobby Brown will be in attendance on Saturday (February 18, 2012). ABC state that a source told them he had been approached regarding attending the funeral but his representative promptly countered these claims, releasing a statement that reads: "Any report or statement that does not originate from my office about Bobby Brown or his representatives, is not authorized by Bobby Brown. We are not focused on reports, stories or false reports for that matter."
Abc maintain that a member of Houston's family has told them that although many of the family do not want him in attendance, they may be unable to stop him, due to his relationship with his and Whitney's daughter, Bobbi Kristina. Bobby is thought to have been consoling his daughter, who was hospitalized for stress-related problems after learning of her mother's death. Bobby himself released a statement regarding his daughter, which read "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." Bobby Brown is widely believed to have been one of the causes of Houston's descent into drug abuse and was once on trial for physically assaulting her, though she did not testify against him.
A member of the New Hope Baptist Church, where Whitney is due to be laid to rest said, of the Houston family: "They have shared her for 30 something years, with the city, with the state, with the world. This is their time, now, for their farewell to their daughter, their mother."