Last night, Bobby Brown performed with New Edition at the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss. just hours after hearing that his ex-wife Whitney Houston had passed away.
Crying on stage at several moments during the show, Bobby had to stop to compose himself during a heartfelt performance of his hit Tenderoni.
He told the crowd:
"First of all, I want to tell you that I love you all. Second, I would like to say, I love you, Whitney. The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage."
A concertgoer said:
"Bobby asked us to pray for his daughter and to pray for him. When he cried, I could feel the pain he was suffering, because he could not be with his daughter tonight, the time she needs him the most. I cried just watching Bobby speak."
Meanwhile, Bobby, who is said to be "beside himself with grief," has finally released a touching statement:
"I am deeply saddened at the passing of my ex-wife, Whitney Houston. At this time, we ask for privacy, especially for my daughter, Bobbi Kristina. I appreciate all of the condolences that have been directed towards my family and I at this most difficult time."
Our thoughts are with Bobbi Kristina and all of Whitney's family at this time.
To see Bobby's performance and dedicated to Whitney at last night's concert, click AFTER THE JUMP.
[Image via Ramey Pix.]
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