Dionne Warwick is threatening to boycott Bobbi Kristina Brown’s funeral because of a bitter disagreement over plans drawn up by Bobbi Kristina’s aunt, Pat Houston.
And while the Brown and Houston families have tried to maintain a united front since Bobbi Kristina’s death last Sunday, Daily Mail Online can reveal that the families are, in reality, riven by in-fighting over Pat Houston’s funeral plans, her attempts to solicit money in Bobbi Kristina’s name and what will become of Bobbi Kristina’s $20million inheritance.
According to one close source Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston’s cousin, is the latest family member to be dragged into the fray.
Warwick, who oversaw Whitney’s funeral, strongly disapproves of Pat Houston’s management of Krissi’s ‘sweet sixteen themed’ funeral which is due to take place in Alpharetta, Georgia, on Saturday.
Speaking to Daily Mail Online the source said: ‘Dionne is planning a trip and threatening to not attend the funeral because Pat Houston is taking over even though she should be making decisions with Bobby and not doing it on her own.’
The source continued: ‘Dionne resents Pat acting like she is the head of the Houston family when in reality she married into the family. Also everyone knows that Bobbi Kristina and Pat didn’t get along well after her mother died because she was trying to run her life and tell her what to do with the money she inherited.
‘Pat wants to have a “sweet sixteen” theme funeral but Dionne feels that is stupid and disrespectful to Bobbi Kristina.’
Bobbi Kristina died on Sunday age 22 six months after she was found face down and unresponsive in the bath-tub of the Roswell, Georgia, home she shared with then boyfriend, Nick Gordon, 25.
Gordon is now a person of interest to investigators attempting to piece together the events that led to Bobbi Kristina’s untimely death.
But according to TMZ, he has still written to Bobbi Kristina’s father and Pat Houston begging for permission to attend the funeral service.
The email states: ‘I loved Krissi with all my heart and I am destroyed that she is gone and I need to say goodbye.
‘Krissi loved me very much and she would want me there’.
The chances of him being accepted by the family are, however, slim to none.
The Houston family has slapped him with a $10million lawsuit alleging that he abused her and stole her money while she was in a medically induced coma.
While Gordon has been a figure of controversy with Bobby Brown banning him first from his daughter’s hospital bedside and latterly from the hospice in which she spent her final weeks, he is the only point on which the Brown and Houston families appear to agree.
The $20million fortune that Bobbi Kristina inherited on her mother’s death will now go to her grandmother Cissy leaving her father Bobby Brown out in the cold.
Today Bobby Brown’s sister, Leolah took to her Facebook page to issue just one of many rants against Pat Houston whom she earlier damned for attempting to raise money for her foundation through public donations in Bobbi Kristina’s name.
Then, she wrote: ‘The Brown family has just learned that Marion Patricia Houston, AKA: Pat Houston, is asking for the public to send money to her foundation (The Marion P Foundation) on behalf of my niece Bobbi Kristina.
‘She has not even sat down & 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. Lastly, keep your eyes & ears open as THE TRUTH is being revealed.’
In her latest Facebook diatribe, posted today, Leolah appears to challenge Pat Houston to face off with her publicly.
She wrote: ‘You notice, no matter what I say, Pat never says anything following, to at least defend herself? Just think about it. Use your God-given brains. If, what I was saying was untrue or just talking for no reason at all…whey would she not defend herself if I am wrong?
‘…I will tell you. Because SHE CANNOT talk back to truth. She has no leg to stand on.
‘Furthermore, she is not the sweet quiet person that she “tried” so hard to make people believe she was on the Oprah show. She would like the public to think that..but she is very good and polished on keeping her composure when she is under the microscope.’
Leolah goes onto claim: ‘Whitney and I spoke on this on many occasions – so don’t let her fool you. Although she is being quiet, she is indeed heated right now! Because her world is tumbling down!’
In the lengthy and rambling post Leolah stated: ‘She is actually in shock right now J because a Brown is usually silent. If you check my record: “I never have said anything until Whitney was murdered and now my niece Bobby Kristina!…I play no games nor pull any punches when it comes to the truth! I am ready on any given day. And she could come any way she would ever choose. She will be at the bottom. This is why she is quiet and refuse (sic) to comment of fight me on anything I say!’