Whitney Houston’s funeral is invite-only, but the world can still witness the legendary singer eulogized before she’s laid to rest.
A private memorial service is to take place at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, where Whitney belted out tunes as a child.
Her publicist, Kristen Forster, has announced that a camera will be allowed inside the church in order to film the ceremony so that Whitney’s fans can watch it online and grieve.
A perfect compromise between privacy and giving the people what they want.
The funeral can be seen on livestream.com/aplive on Saturday, February 18. It will also be available via some satellite services.
After the service, Whitney will be laid to rest at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, New Jersey. She’ll be buried next to the plot of her late father, John Houston.
About 1,500 guests will fill into New Hope Baptist Church, and many of the attendees are music industry professionals, including Chaka Khan, L.A. Reid, and Whitney’s cousin Dionne Warwick. Aretha Franklin has been asked to perform at the service. Franklin was Houston’s godmother.
Meanwhile, Whitney’s mom, Cissy Houston, has reportedly banned Bobby Brown from attending the funeral because they blame him for Whitney’s substance abuse struggles. TMZ has reported that Bobby says he’s “extremely disappointed” by the news and says he wants to attend but “hasn’t decided on a plan of action yet.”
What does that mean, he’s not sure if he’s going to crash the funeral?