Five weeks after being found unresponsive, face-down in a bathtub, Bobbi Kristina Brown continues fighting for her life. But while her future remains uncertain, one thing has become clear: There are a lot of people circling Whitney Houston's only child (who also happens to be the late icon's only heir).
As time ticks on, it seems that more and more friends and family have come to Bobbi Kristina's side. There are the obvious names, like her father, but there are less likely folks too, like entertainment mogul Tyler Perry. At this point, there are so many names popping up in the press that it's become a challenge to keep them all straight, which is why we've put together this complete guide to the roster so that you don't have to.
Bobbi Kristina Brown's father needs no introduction. Famous for his music and infamous for his personal life — which included a tumultuous marriage to Whitney Houston marked by infidelity, domestic violence, and drug use — Bobby Brown has been in the headlines for well over three decades. Despite his bad boy reputation, however, he certainly seems to be taking his daughter's situation to heart and has been at her bedside since day one. He has slammed reports he is involved in shooting a reality show about his daughter's health crisis; although members of his family cannot say the same. Legally, Brown has the power to decide if and when it is time to take his daughter off of life support.
Whitney Houston took Nick Gordon in at the age of 12 and raised him like a son. However, after Whitney's death, Bobbi Kristina and Nick raised a lot of eyebrows when they became romantically involved and even faced accusations of borderline incest because of their upbringing as "siblings." Last January, Bobbi set the record straight by explaining that her mother never actually adopted Nick — and also took to Twitter to announce that two had tied the knot. According to Bobby Brown's attorney, that union wasn't legal so they were never officially husband and wife. Still, Nick has been front and center in this tragedy, having been one of the first people to discover her in the tub. A criminal investigation has been opened with authorities having many questions for Gordon, who hasn't been too cooperative with police. Earlier this month, Gordon entered rehab for drugs and alcohol after Dr. Phil staged an intervention.
Jerod Brown is Bobbi Kristina's cousin who was working with her on her upcoming album. This week, Jerod made bold and unsubstantiated allegations on Facebook insinuating that Bobbi Kristina's aunt Pat murdered Whitney and attempted to murder Bobbi: "Auntie Whitney was murdered not drowned. That’s a fact. Now the whole bathroom plot shows up again w/ Bobbi Kristina’s situation. C’mon are you people that bold to try to perform this act again on my family. And the public believes whatever these people put in their faces, i mean it is convincing if you’re not on the inside. However, I will let it be known Kristina has always had suspicion about Pat Houston. Soon evidence will be handed over to assist this investigation."
Leolah Brown is Bobby Brown's sister. She is one of the Brown family members who is reportedly shopping around a pilot that has been shot during this tragedy. (Bobby is "not happy" with those family members involved in the reality show.) On Saturday, Bobbi Kristina's aunt posted a message on Facebook directed at Dr. Phil after he sat down with Nick Gordon.
"With all due respect, Nick Gordon is under investigation for the attempted murder of my niece Bobby Kristina Brown. We have strong evidence of foul play. Until this investigation is completed by law enforcement, I would ask that you or anyone else not provide this individual a platform to spin this situation to his benefit," she wrote. "If Nick Gordon does not have the courage to speak with my brother Bobby Brown and/or law enforcement about what happened the day my niece's body was found in a bathtub, he does not deserve to have a platform to speak to anyone of your caliber until this investigation is concluded."
Police will not confirm if Gordon was directly under investigation.
Marion "Pat" Houston
Marion "Pat" Houston is one of the lesser-known players in this situation, but she plays a key role. She is married to Whitney's brother Gary and serves as the executor of the trust fund left to Bobbi Kristina. In other words, it's Bobbi Kristina's money, but Pat controls it. Last March, Pat petitioned for a temporary protective order against Nick Gordon, alleging that he had "made threatening comments and posted photos of guns with the intention of making petitioner fearful for her personal safety. Respondent then posted more photos of guns later and has sent harassing texts." There may be more to that story, though, as a police report indicated that Pat claimed that Nick wanted Bobbi Kristina's monthly allowance increased — and when she refused, he began making threatening and harassing statements toward the family. More recently, reports have surfaced that the family is blocking Nick from access to Bobbi Kristina's hospital room, also due to the bad blood between them.
As Bobby Brown's current wife, Alicia Etheredge is part of Bobbi Kristina's extended family and has accompanied Bobby to the hospital. It was revealed last month that she is pregnant with the couple's second child.
Bobbi Kristina's friend Max Lomas is the person who first found her in the tub and began CPR. "She appeared to be lifeless at that point in time. He pulled her out and he was the one who called 911 and initiated the medical process," his attorney explained. Though Lomas has his own checkered past (he was charged with drug and firearm possession on Jan. 14), he has insisted that his motives in this situation are entirely pure. "His primary focus at this point in time is that he wants to get his good friend back," his lawyer stated. "He continues to hope for her full and complete recovery." Despite their friendship, however, he has not been allowed to visit her in the hospital due to access limitations in the treatment facilities.
Perhaps a surprising name that has been thrown into the mix is Tyler Perry, but he was close with Whitney and continues to have close ties with the entire family even now. Unlike many of the others hovering around Whitney's daughter, Perry has virtually no financial stake in what happens to the late Grammy winner's fortune. Rather, he seems to have a genuine bond with Bobbi Kristina. She guest-starred on his show For Better or Worse in 2012 and earned rave reviews from the writer/director/producer. "That kid has a such a future. She's such an actor," he gushed at the time. After news of Bobbi Kristina's hospitalization broke, Perry jumped to help, offering his private jet to Bobby Brown so he could be with his daughter. The two then made the trip from Los Angeles to Atlanta together.