The marriage of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was anything but made in heaven. Their 14-year union was marred by arguments, domestic abuse charges, infidelity and, most notably, drug and alcohol abuse.
Still, they ended their relationship on good terms, and when Bobby learned of his ex-wife’s sudden death today, he rushed to tell family and friends so they wouldn’t have to hear the news from the media.
“He could hardly get the words out when he called me,” a relative told People. “He was sobbing, and by the end of the call, I was sobbing too. He’s beside himself right now.”
And despite their personal problems, they were both devoted to their daughter, Bobbi Kristina. “They had Bobbi Kristina in common, and were determined to be co-parents to her,” the relative said. “They didn’t hate each other. In fact, there was a lot of respect.”
But a decision Bobby is making might be seen by some as rather disrespectful.
According to TMZ, Bobby had a concert scheduled for Saturday night in Mississippi with his group New Edition. Not only did he not cancel it, but he planned to perform and try to make it through the entire set.
On the one hand, going on with the show might be exactly what Whitney would have wanted. Music was their common passion, and this could be the best tribute he could ever give her. He might have even included a dedication to her – which would surely bring the crowd to its feet.
On the other hand, a family tragedy calls for family togetherness. Didn’t Bobby have more of an obligation to his daughter and his relatives than to a theaterful of strangers?
What do you think? Did Bobby do the right thing by not canceling his show?
[Photo: via Pacific Coast News]
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