Bobby Brown broke down in tears onstage during a Mississippi concert just hours after hearing of his ex-wife Whitney Houston’s death.
Bobby Brown, 43, who was said to be “in and out of crying fits” after hearing about Whitney Houston’s death, wept during his performance, saying “I love you, Whitney”, as he blew kisses to the sky.
A relative of Bobby Brown said that he is “shattered and beyond devastated” at the news and had flown to be with his and Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina, who has reportedly checked herself into hospital after downing alcohol on hearing of her mother’s death.
Bobby Brown was spotted at Nashville airport yesterday with an entourage of people.
He is undoubtedly desperate to get to the bedside of his daughter after the teen was rushed to hospital earlier today.
Bobbi Kristina Brown’s initial trip to the hospital came after learning of the devastating news, when the teenager reportedly consumed alcoholic drinks and was then given a sedative to calm her down by one of her mother’s entourage. She ended up passing out, according to RadarOnline.
It is understood that Bobbi Kristina Brown was admitted to hospital again Sunday morning to be treated for anxiety and stress, before being released later in the day.
After he learned about his ex-wife’s death, Bobby Brown decided the show must go on and still took to the stage to perform with his band New Edition, just hours after the iconic singer’s sudden and tragic passing.
A video posted by an audience member to YouTube showed Bobby Brown struggling to perform and nervously pacing around the stage as he attempted to sing songs with his band.
According to Us Weekly, Bobby Brown received huge applause as he came onstage late, after apparently breaking down just before the show was due to begin.
A source told Us Weekly that Bobby Brown broke down during his performance of the ballad Tenderoni, and asked the audience to sing along as he sobbed.
He was then unable to finish the song and walked off, with the concert finishing shortly afterwards.
A source has said: “He wanted to tell everyone about it before it hit the news. He didn’t want any of us to hear about it on television.
“He could hardly get the words out when he called me. He was sobbing, and by the end of the call, I was sobbing too. He’s beside himself right now.”
Whitney Houston died Saturday afternoon at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, aged 48.
Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston had a notoriously turbulent relationship that was riddled with drug use and marital problems.
Whitney Houston admitted that she and Bobby Brown took cocaine and marijuana together through their 14 years of marriage.
During this tumultuous time, Bobby Brown was arrested for drugs and alcohol and Whitney Houston entered drug rehabilitation programs twice.
They wed in July 1992 and eventually separated in September 2006, before their divorce was finalized in April 2007.
WHITNEY HOUSTON: THE LIFE OF AN ICON
* Sold over 200 million albums worldwide
* First female artist to debut an album at No1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart
* Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female artist of all time
* Won six Grammy Awards and was nominated twenty-six times
* Only artist to chart seven consecutive No1 Billboard Hot 100 hits
* Appeared in four films, including 2012′s Sparkle with Jordin Sparks