As most of you know, Whitney Houston and Ray J were long rumored to be in an on-again-off-again relationship. Ray came forth at the headquarters of the Los Angeles Sentinel to express his grief over Houston s passing.  On hand to lend his support to the local Brotherhood Crusade and Mothers in Action group, the singer struggled to find the words to even address the many microphones facing him.

“I really miss my friend, you know, I really do,” Ray J told media. “I’m still hurting … I’m really emotional right now, I really don’t know really 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.”

Ray J also expressed to MTV News ”Over the past few days I’ve tried to process the emptiness that I am experiencing. What my heart feels cannot be expressed in words. The world lost an icon, but I lost my close friend. Nippy I miss you so much! You were so happy and full of love. Your smile will live in my heart forever.”

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