Speculation has run rampant as to why Bobby Brown chose to leave Whitney Houston's funeral this morning (February 18, 2012). To clear up the controversy, Bobby Brown has released the following statement to ETonline.

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"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. 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."

It was unclear for much of this past week whether or not Brown would attend Whitney Houston's funeral, with some reports speculating that Houston's family did not want him there. Brown is scheduled to perform tonight at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn.

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