The bitter family battle for the Whitney Houston inheritance
With Whitney Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina suffering almost the same fate only three years apart, we didn’t think this tragic story could get any worse. Sadly, however, a bitter feud between the Houston and Brown families is causing even more heartache.
After spending six months in a coma after she was found unresponsive in a bath tub at her home, 22-year-old Bobbi Kristina was laid to rest on 1 August during an intimate ceremony in Atlanta. But the emotional farewell was unexpectedly marred by an enormous family bust-up over money.
The funeral was organised by the tragic youngster’s aunt Pat Houston, but attendees claim that during her speech she was heckled by Bobby Brown’s sister, Leolah. The emotional aunt began a tirade against Pat, screaming “Whitney Houston will haunt Pat Houston from the grave” in front of the star studded congregation of mourners. The drama only ended after Leolah was escorted out of the church by movie star Tyler Perry.
As the bitter battle between the Brown and Houston clans exploded, Leolah spoke to reporters outside the church while the funeral for her niece continued inside.
“It’s not over. We’ve got evidence of who Pat really is. This is going to be a long drawn out process,” said Leolah, who has been fighting with the Houstons over Bobbi’s $20 million inheritance. “Things are connected,” Leolah said about Pat Houston, who is married to Whitney’s brother Gary. “Pat is a fraud and a phony. She is not a Houston, she’s a Garland,” she added.
The hefty inheritance isn’t the only thing the Brown and Houston families are fighting about. The Browns were also upset that Pat Houston asked for donations to her charity instead of mourners buying flowers for Bobbi Kristina.
Bobbi’s funeral invitation stated: “The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Bobbi Kristina’s name to The Marion P Foundation.
The catch? The Marion P Foundation, a charity for troubled teens, is run by Pat Houston!
Outspoken Leolah lashed out on Facebook: “She [Pat Houston] has not even sat down and spoken to my brother Bobby, who is Bobbi Kristina’s father, about this. Please keep your money in your pockets and give absolutely nothing to the Marion P. Foundation. Unless you don’t mind supporting such an evil and dirty foundation,” she added.
Then there’s also the fact that Bobby Brown’s relatives were banned from visiting Bobbi Kristina in the hospice where she was being kept, because an unknown person took photos of the teen on her deathbed and tried to sell them to an American tabloid. How awful!?
Straight after the chaotic funeral, Bobby Brown’s wife, Alicia Etheridge, was rushed to hospital after suffering a seizure. She gave birth just three weeks earlier.
With so much drama, it seems this family feud is only getting started. Whitney must be rolling in her grave…
... AND WHERE WAS BOBBI’S TROUBLED BOYFRIEND DURING ALL OF THIS DRAMA?
Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend, Nick Gordon, who is being treated as a person of interest in the ongoing case, was banned from attending the funeral. Prior to the funeral Nick pleaded with Bobbi’s father Bobby and aunt Pat to allow him to attend. In an email sent on 30 July, he wrote: “I’m asking you both for your blessing in regards to me attending Krissi’s funeral. I do not want to cause any trouble or commotion so I’m emailing you privately in advance.” As if the funeral didn’t already have enough trouble and commotion! “I loved Krissi with all my heart and I am destroyed that she is gone and I need to say goodbye. I’m begging you both to please put your differences aside and allow me this chance. Krissi loved me very much and she would want me there. Please consider this,” he added. But his request was denied, and he was told to stay away.