Singer and former reality-star, Ray J spoke out for the first time this past Friday regarding the death of his beloved friend, Whitney ‘Nippy’ Houston.

Ray J was in Los Angeles supporting the Mothers in Action and Brotherhood Crusade when he began to talk exclusively to reporters about his grief and emotional state.  Take a look:

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Houston and Ray J had become very close over the last couple of years and were even rumored to have been romantically involved. Whether they were or not, it is apparent during the press conference that Ray J is still shaken by her untimely death.

“This is all new for me,” said Ray. “I’m really emotional right now, and I really don’t know really what to say. But, what I will say, is that I love, and I’m hurt, but I enjoy being around people that support me and give me a sense of peace.”

Ray J has appeared on television and was the star of his own reality show, For the Love of Ray J. He is the brother of singing sensation, Brandy.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter