By now you’ve surely heard of Whitney Houston’s three and a half hour funeral procession (or “Home Going” ceremony) yesterday in New Jersey. A plethora of friends, family and admirers came to mourn at the televised event.
Stars included Oprah, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder and even Bodyguard co-star Kevin Costner who spoke beautifully on Houston’s perfectionist insecurity: “It was the burden that made her great and the part that caused her to stumble in the end.”
“A lot of leading men could have played my part. A lot of guys could have filled that role but you Whitney, were the only one…you were as beautiful as a woman could be.”
Though fans were kept from flooding the singer’s childhood New Hope Baptist church, one played “I Have Nothing” on saxophone outside in all black while others mourned and huddled around a radio.
Mel Gibson, who reportedly helped Whitney through a tough time a few years ago, and godmother Aretha Franklin were both invited but did not show for personal reasons. (Aretha’s health is not the best)
Bobby Brown may have created the only rift when he brought an entourage of nine people and left early after not being able to sit with all of them. He did, however, touch the casket in a moment of grief.
[Random fact: Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell did a touching “I Will Always Love You” cover at an Obama fundraiser in SF, February 16]