'I love you, Whitney!': Bobby Brown sobs and blows a kiss to the sky as he takes to the stage just hours after death of ex-wife
He is reportedly ‘in and out of crying fits’ after the death of his ex-wife Whitney Houston.
But Bobby Brown decided the show must go on and still took to the stage to perform with his band New Edition, just hours after the iconic singer’s sudden and tragic passing.
During his concert in Mississippi, the 43-year-old tearfully shouted, 'I love you, Whitney,' as he blew kisses to the sky.
'Crying fits': Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston were seen stepping out for dinner together with their daughter Bobbi Kristina last week
Bobby told the crowd: 'I would like to say, “I love you, Whitney.” The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage.'
According to Us Weekly, Bobby received
huge applause as he came onstage late, after apparently
breaking down just before the show was due to begin.
A source told the publication that
Bobby broke down during his performance of the ballad Tenderoni, and
asked the audience to sing along as he sobbed.
He was then unable to finish the song and walked off, with the concert finishing shortly afterwards.
A relative of Bobby has said that he is 'shattered and beyond devastated' at the news.
'Beside himself': Bobby is apparently devastated to hear of the death of his ex-wife
The source has said: 'He wanted to tell
everyone about it before it hit the news. He didn't want any of us to
hear about it on television.
The relative added: 'He could hardly get the words out when he called me. He was sobbing, and by the end of the call, I was sobbing too. He's beside himself right now.'
Whitney died yesterday afternoon at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles, aged 48.
A spokesman for the local police department said that emergency services had been called to the hotel at 3.43 this afternoon, arriving minutes later.
Officials rushed to the room on the fourth floor where she was staying as a guest, where they found security staff attempting to revive her.
Rocky: The pair had a tumultuous time during their 14 years of marriage
Life-saving attempts were unsuccessful, and she was pronounced dead at 3.55pm.
The cause of death is as yet unknown.
TMZ also reports that according to hotel staff, the star 'partied heavily' with friends last night, who were all drinking in the bar and making lots of noise.
Bobby and Whitney had a notoriously turbulent relationship that was riddled with drug use and marital problems.
Whitney admitted that she and Bobby took cocaine and marijuana together through their 14 years of marriage.
During this tumultuous time, Bobby was arrested for drugs and alcohol and Whitney entered drug rehabilitation programs twice.
They wed in July 1992 and eventually separated in September 2006, before their divorce was finalised in April 2007.
'He was my drug': Whitney admitted the pair took cocaine and marijuana together during their marriage
Three years after their split, Whitney described her troubled marriage to Bobby with the poignant words: ‘He was my drug’.
The couple have an 18-year-old daughter together, Bobbi Kristina.
And despite Bobby and Whitney's rocky relationship, the trio were reunited last week for a slap-up meal together.
Whitney looked happy as she left the Beverly Hills eatery after dinner, and was followed shortly after Bobby and Bobbi Kristina, who held hands as they headed off together.
Whitney won custody of Bobbi Kristina following her divorce from the R&B star, with Bobby being allowed visitation rights.
However the pair’s last public outing together showed they seemed to have put their toxic past behind them.
Last public outing: Bobby and Whitney appeared to have put the past behind them when they went out for dinner with their daughter together
WHITNEY HOUSTON: THE LIFE OF AN ICON
* Sold over 200 million albums worldwide
* First female artist to debut an album at No1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart
* Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female artist of all time
* Won six Grammy Awards and was nominated twenty-six times
* Only artist to chart seven consecutive No1 Billboard Hot 100 hits
* Appeared in four films, including 2012′s Sparkle with Jordin Sparks
VIDEO: Scroll to 45 secs to hear Bobby say “I love you Whitney”