18/02/2012 13:42 GMT | Updated 18/02/2012 14:30 GMT

Whitney Houston Funeral: Bobby Brown Reportedly Leaves Service As It Begins

Bobby Brown reportedly left Whitney Houston's funeral, which was held at New Hope Baptist Church in Houston's hometown of Newark, New Jersey on Saturday.

The singer's ex-husband left at the start of the service, according to ABC News.

As the service began, he walked to the casket, touched it and walked to the back of the church.

Brown was then seen leaving in a Cadillac Escalade, along with his two children, Landon and LaPrincia.

The Washington Post reported: "Security guards were saying Brown would be seated but the people he arrived with had to sit apart from him. Instead, Brown left and appeared upset."

The Daily Mail reported that Brown, who divorced Houston in 2007, was "seen leaving with a grim expression on his face and his arm round fiancée, Alicia Etheridge, who was sobbing uncontrollably."

Brown, who was married to Houston for 15 years, had spent much of the week leading up to the funeral with the daughter he shared with Houston, Bobbi Kristina, who herself was hospitalised for stress and anxiety after her mother’s death on 11 February.