By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Ray J is finally opening up about his anguish over Whitney Houston, who many say he was romantically linked to at the time of her death. During a press conference for the Brotherhood Crusade and Mothers in Action Organizations in Los Angeles on Friday (March 9), Ray J got choked up as he remembered Whitney. “I really miss my friend, you know, I really do. I’m still hurting.” The 31-year old continued, “I’m really emotional right now, I really don’t know what to say. It’s just such a tough time for me. I’ve been through a lot in these past two weeks. I’m able to look at life in a whole different way.”
He then shared that charitable work has helped him get through the tough time. “Like Whitney, I love giving back to kids,” he said. “I enjoy being around people that support me and that give me a sense of peace, and that’s what these kids do for me.”
Whitney and Ray J shared an unlikely relationship over the years and rumors swirled about a romantic link as early as 2007. Despite the 17-year age difference, they were seen at industry gatherings like Jay-Z and LeBron James' All-Star game party as well as romantic dinners in Los Angeles at hot spots like Crustacean. Whitney and Ray were seen together in Los Angeles as recently as February 3rd.
The superstar icon died suddenly on February 11 in Los Angeles at the age of 48. The official cause of death has not yet been confirmed. During her emotional homegoing funeral on February 18, Ray broke down as the casket was being somberly walked out of New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey.