According to The Sun, Ray J is overcome with emotion on Celebrity Big Brother’s as he explains he is still grieving for Whitney Houston – and her death “still affects” him. Speaking in the diary room, Ray J revealed that he had been forced to revisit her death after coming face to face with Stacy Francis, who she had a confrontation with in a nightclub two days before her death.
He said: “Stacy and I we had a conversation about what happened with Whitney Houston before she passed. “I never talk about it but it was something I felt she wanted to talk about and it was the right time so we talked briefly about it and I told them how I felt, how I blame myself on a lot of stuff. I just had to talk about it for a minute and then I just got up off it it as I don’t like to get emotional, I’m not an emotional kind of person. I don’t like taking myself back there so I caught some flashes and I don’t feel well but I’m OK, I think it was needed.
I never really talked to no one about it. I don’t know if I need to more as I’ve accepted it and it’s deep inside of my heart but it still affects me.”
In scenes from tonight's show, the pair have a heart to heart on the sofa about their shared - and complicated past. At one point they briefly speak about the fall out from the ugly altercation between Whitney Houston and Stacy just two days before her death. Stacy brings it up, saying she was shocked when she saw Ray J in the house. Despite claims on both sides that they are "close family friends", it seems their connection has cooled since Whitney's dramatic 2012 death.
Stacy says: "When I walked in I was like 'oh my God'. I was shook. I was very very shook. I have questions for you. I have questions for you I just wanna ask you." Ray J said: "The last time I see you you came to my house. Stacy smiled: "Yeah I was at your house a bunch of times. And then it got worse and worse and worse. It was a horrible time. And that's why we're here at this time together." Taking a drag on his cigarette, Ray J said: "It's something that nobody can explain in this life. It's all my fault. All of that happened. All my fault."
Stacy soothed: "No it's not." Ray J replied: "It was just was my fault. I wasn't there. But we'll talk later. But it was all my fault." Despite Stacy telling him: "I don't want you to say that," he replied: "But it was."
It's unclear at this point if they are referring to the fight between Stacy and Whitney that he was reportedly at the centre at, or the drama that came after it. Stacy previously revealed that he didn't stand up for her and vouch for her, instead letting Whitney's sister-in-law Pat Houston go on Oprah and brand her a "stalker" on national TV.
Yesterday Stacy denied that she was the I Will Always Love You star's stalker, and slammed housemate Ray J for how he treated her in the aftermath of the music legend's death. In scenes shown on Wednesday night's show, Stacy, 47, spoke openly about the violent run-in between her and the Bodyguard star just days before her death. Unable to share her feelings with anyone after being 'edited out' as the show's first task, Stacy goes to talk to Big Brother in the diary room.Sitting down on the cartoon-style chair, she is quick to slam the sex tape icon.
She begins: “Ray J threw me under the bus. When people in America tried to make me out to be something I wasn’t, he never stood up for me. I want to know why he never said anything. When Whitney Houston’s sister Pat went on the Oprah show and said I was stalking Whitney Houston in the club, I was not, we were all standing there talking and having a good time, he knows that, he knows the events of the whole night. He never said 'this is a friend of my family'. I’ve known Ray and his family over 15 years; he never came to bat for me. I wish he had the heart to say she wasn’t stalking Whitney in the club, she’s a friend. It was a hard time, I lost everything.” She adds that if she could have, she would have "edited out Ray J", despite admitting to feeling a need to sit down and talk openly about their previous history. She muses: “I just felt it was really unfair. It was shocking when I saw Ray, I kinda shut down. I want a real talk with him; I need a heart to heart with him. I just want to have fun!
Ray J also acknowledges their shared past, but not on such a deep level. He tells Angie Best: "She’s a friend of the family. We experienced something real deep, a tragic thing happened…” Reports state that Whitney was performing at singer Kelly Price’s pre-Grammy party at Tru Hollywood when she spotted the pair in a conversation with each other when she left the stage on February 9. According to witnesses who spoke to RadarOnline, Whitney had been ‘heavily drinking tequila’ and ran over to them to confront the pair. The source told the site: “[She] began screaming ‘This is my man! I’m a cougar! B***h, get away from my man’”. She then is said to have pushed Stacy in the forehead - to which Stacy pushed Whitney back in retaliation – and other performers at the evening’s event got involved as split the pair up.
Ray J, who at the time denied being back with Whitney, attempted to diffuse the situation, claiming that he was family friends with his new Celebrity Big Brother co-star, but with no luck. Stacy later apologized for the fight and wrote on Twitter: “I deeply regret the events that led to Thursday’s misunderstanding, but I love and respect [Whitney] more than I can say. This is a sad time for me. I loved Whitney Houston with all my heart. She was such an amazing musical influence for me.”
Watch the conversation between Ray J and Stacy Francis from Celebrity Big Brother Below.