JUST IN: Whitney Houston Funeral Home Denies Leaking National Enquirer Photo!


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The controversy surrounding the open-casket photo of Whitney Houston on the National Enquirer‘s cover this week shows no signs of slowing down.

One of the looming questions has been who is responsible for taking the photo? Well, according to the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, N.J. it wasn’t them: Owner Carolyn Whigham says,  “I’m going to answer you as the (family’s) publicist told me to answer you: We have no comment. But it was not the funeral home,” Whigham said.

Meanwhile, Enquirer Publisher Mary Beth Wright told FoxNews.com she thought the cover photo was “beautiful,” but declined to say how it obtained the photo.

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Aretha Franklin Speaks: I Was Not Banned From Whitney’s Funeral….Plus, Cissy And I Are As Tight Ever!

Aretha Franklin has finally broken her silence about claims she was banned from goddaughter Whitney Houston‘s funeral by the singer’s mother, Cissy Houston.

While Aretha’s rep said the singer was a no-show because of leg spasms, reports claimed Cissy was unhappy with comments Aretha made during a Today show interview last week, during which she said, “I think parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home … (that they) leave home prepared, really. She left home with all the right things.”

But Aretha has slammed those reports, issuing a statement that reads: “Cissy Houston and I have been longtime friends for almost 50 years.  I have four invitations and parking passes that were sent to me for the funeral. Cissy does not need ridiculous speculation and neither do I — particularly at this time.”

“Knowing Cissy as well as I do, I know Whitney left home right and properly. I was generalizing and it was a well-intended statement for any young adult coming into the music industry. I was not speaking of anyone specifically,” she said.

Aretha also paid tribute to Whitney at a concert Saturday night at New York City’s Radio Music Hall.

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A photo purportedly showing Whitney Houston in an open coffin has been published on the cover of this week’s National Enquirer.

The casket photo shows Whitney lying dead in her golden casket, wearing a purple dress and a diamond broach and earrings. Also, she’s reportedly was  wearing jewels worth $500,000 and had gold slippers on her feet,

The picture is believed to have been taken inside the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, where her family attended a private wake last Friday. The magazine claims the photo was taken at the private viewing.

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WHITNEY HOUSTON: Did Cissy Houston Ban Aretha Franklin From The Funeral?

BREAKING UPDATE: Aretha Franklin Breaks Her Silence: I Was Not Banned From Whitney’s Funeral!

Aretha Franklin said she didn’t attend Whitney Houston‘s funeral because of a leg spasm — but now, new reports suggest that Whitney’s mom, Cissy Houston, disinvited the music legend.

According to reports, Cissy was pissed that Aretha appeared on the Today show and told Al Roker this: “Parents really have to talk to their children before they leave home. They have to make sure when they leave home, they have all the right things. She left home with all the right things, but she just kind of lost her way along the way.”

Aretha’s rep denies the singer was uninvited by Cissy, citing leg cramps. But curiously, Aretha took to the stage the following night at a concert in NYC, and seemed perfectly fine…
UPDATE: GossipDavid.com now hears from another source who swears that “Aretha was suffering exhaustion after her Friday performance and her doctor recommend she stay off her feet for a day.”

Bobbi Kristina Goes Missing After Whitney Houston’s Funeral…And Goes To A Hotel To Smoke Pot

Whitney Houston‘s daughter Bobbi Kristina slipped away from her family after her mom’s funeral, throwing them into a state of panic.

But, according to reports, Bobbi Kristina made a beeline for a hotel and smoked marijuana. Plus, to further terrorize her family, she turned off her cell phone.

Even Whitney’s rep admitted that the 18-year-old was M.I.A. “There was some confusion about Bobbi Kristina’s whereabouts last night for a short time, but she’s OK,” the rep told The Daily Beast on Sunday, adding that drugs were not part of the situation. “She needed some time alone.”

Family friend Darlene Love also downplayed Bobbi Kristina‘s absence. “She was with the family the whole time,” Darlene told Access Hollywood. “We all went to a restaurant we call after a funeral or home celebration, a repast, where everybody goes and sits and talks and eats. She was there, she was there yesterday, she’s been with the family these last couple of days.”

But the Houston family is eager for Bobbi Kristina to head to rehab immediately. She had a stint in rehab early last year.

Why Bobby Brown Left Whitney’s Funeral: They Wouldn’t Seat His 9-Person Entourage!

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Bobby Brown did indeed attend ex-wife Whitney Houston‘s funeral Saturday in Newark — but jaws dropped when he was spotted leaving at the beginning of the service, shortly after he paid his respect at Whitney’s coffin.

Why the abrupt exit? Bobby, who reportedly had been banned from the service by the Houston family initially, arrived with a nine-person entourage, and wanted everyone to sit together. But he was only granted two additional seats — not 9! Plus, he wanted to sit next to his daughter Bobbi Kristina.

Bobby got into a argument with Whitney’s family, and Rev. Jesse Jackson tried to patch up things, but no dice. So he left.

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Just In: Kevin Costner’s Eulogy To Whitney Houston….Read It Here…

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Whitney Houston‘s co-star in The Bodyguard, Kevin Costner, gave a moving eulogy at her funeral in Newark today, that prompted a sea of tears and a standing ovation. Here’s his eulogy (some parts of have been edited out)

“What becomes of our broken hearts? Whitney returns home today, to the place where it all began. I ask that we dry our tears, suspend our sorrow, just long enough to remember the sweet miracle that was Whitney. We can’t forget Cissy and Bobbi Kristina sit among us. Your mother and I had a lot in common….A lot of people are thinking, really? You’re a boy, she’s a girl; she’s black, you’re white. I heard you like to sing, but our girl could really sing.”

“I told Whitney I always worried God would ask me to be preacher…Whitney said she wasn’t worried at all. She told God she would be like Aretha and her famous cousin Dionne.”

“We both grew up in the Baptist church…It wasn’t as big as this. my grandmother played the piano and she led the choir. her two daughters sang in it. My earliest memories are tied to that church in Paramount.”

“I can see her in my mind here, running around as a skinny little girl…I can also see her in trouble.”

“At the height of her fame as a singer, I asked her to be my costar. I thought she was the perfect choice. But the red flags came out immediately…It was a lot for the studio to accept and to their credit they did but not without a screen test…Whitney would have to earn it. Whitney was scared the biggest pop star in the work wasn’t sure if she as good enough. I held her hand and told her she looked beautiful and that everyone wanted her to be successful but I could still feel the doubt…It was the burden that made her great and the part that caused her to stumble again.”

“You weren’t just pretty, you were as beautiful as a woman could be…Whitney, if you could hear me now I would tell you you weren’t just good enough, you were great… I was your pretend bodyguard not too long ago and now you’re gone. Off you go, Whitney — escorted by an army of angels and your heavenly father. When you stand before him, don’t you worry. You’ll be good enough.”

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