By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
Last night’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas featured a tribute to late singer Whitney Houston, which turned into a clash with Houston’s rumored ex-boyfriend Ray J. Jordin Sparks and John Legend gave an on-stage sendoff that ended with Pat Houston (Houston’s sister-in-law/manager) and daughter Bobbi Kristina tearfully accepting the Millennium Award on behalf of the late singer.
According to E!, the picture was not as rosy offstage. Allegedly, Houston’s family was angered about being seated in the same area as Ray J. TMZ reports that minutes before the heartfelt tribute, Pat asked security to forcibly remove Ray J, but he refused. Pat apparently asked security and uniformed officers to come to the scene but before things could escalate, Pat was calmed down and Ray J remained. TMZ shares that Ray J complained, “Pat ruined what was a great opportunity to honor the woman who I loved.”
Earlier this year, it was reported that Ray J was seeking counseling over Whitney’s death. On March 10, he spoke out about his heartache for the first time saying, “I really miss my friend, you know, I really do. I’m still hurting.” Whitney and Ray J shared an unlikely relationship over the years and many believed that they were romantically linked as early as 2007.
Whitney died of accidental drowning on February 11 in Los Angeles at the age of 48. Her final autopsy was released in early April and revealed that the superstar “possibly overdosed on a narcotic substance, prescription medications, over the counter medications and alcohol.”