By Clark Collis
Updated February 12, 2012 at 05:46 AM EST

Bobby Brown expressed his love for the late Whitney Houston on Saturday night while performing onstage with New Edition at the Landers Center in Southaven, MS., according to the Associated Press. “First of all, I want to tell you that I love you all,” Brown told the audience. “Second, I would like to say, ‘I love you Whitney.’ The hardest thing for me to do is come on this stage.”

Brown heard about the death of his ex-wife while getting ready to perform with the reunited New Edition. Brown said he decided to perform the show because of the support fans had shown the band over the years. During an intermission, Houston’s hit “You Give Good Love” played over the speakers.

Publicist Kristen Foster announced Houston’s death on Saturday afternoon.

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