Writer and director Tyler Perry brought out his preacher side for his eulogy at Whitney Houston’s funeral on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey. The Diary of a Mad Black Woman creator talked about his relationship with the late singer — and where she’s going now.
“There are two constants that I know about Whitney Houston,” he told the invite-only crowd at the New Hope Baptist Church. “There was a grace that carried, a grace that carried her down from heaven through Miss Cissy Houston, a grace that brought her up through singing.”
“This same grace led her all the way to the top of the charts, sold all of these albums and just done some amazing things, won all these awards. She sang for presidents. And there was a grace that kept on carrying her, and that’s one thing I know,” he said.
Perry flew Houston’s body on his private jet from Los Angeles back to her New Jersey hometown earlier this week. It was her love for God that helped forge the friendship between the two.
“The other thing I know, for sure,” he added,” and this is more important than anything she’s ever done in her life, Whitney Houston loved the Lord.”
“No matter how high she went in the stratosphere, nothing separated her… ‘neither height nor depth,’ no matter how much struggle, no matter how much she had to go through, no matter what she had to walk through…” it wasn’t enough to split her from God, he said.
“‘If God be for you, who can be against you?’ So say whatever you want, God was for her, and she is resting, singing with the angels.”
Houston will be buried privately near her father, according to reports.