Ray J on Whitney Houston's Death: "I'm Still Hurting"

Celebrity News Mar. 9, 2012 AT 7:12PM
Ray J on Whitney Houston's Death: "I'm Still Hurting" Credit: Denise Truscello/WireImage

Time isn't making things any easier for Ray J.

Nearly one month after losing his on-and-off love Whitney Houston, the 31-year-old singer admitted he's "still hurting" during the Brotherhood Crusade/Mothers in Action press conference Friday.

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"It's just such a tough time for me. I've been through a lot in these past few weeks," the singer and VH1 reality star said. "I'm able to look at life in a whole different way. I always look at my phone because I got a picture of somebody I really love and it helps me through the day."

Like Houston, who is survived by daughter Bobbi Kristina, 19, "I love giving back to kids and helping my community," Ray J said. "I've been part of the Brother Crusade and working with them since I was 16 years old, so this is nothing new for me to come out and give back."

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Ray J donated school supplies, including Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones, clothes, backpacks and notebooks. "I'm here to spend time with them, laugh with them and make sure they have everything the need to move on in a positive way with their education in life," he explained.

"I'm really emotional right now and I really don't know what to say," Ray J told reporters. "But I will say I love and hurt. I enjoy being around people that support me and give me a sense of peace. That's what these kids mean to me and what the Brotherhood Crusade does for me."

"The most important thing of all is that God is talking to me. God is talking to me right now, and now is the time to listen," he concluded. "My ears are open."

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Houston, 48, was found dead in her Beverly Hilton hotel room on February 12. Bobbi Kristina will open up for the first time about her mother's death on an episode of Oprah's Next Chapter, airing on OWN March 11 at 9 p.m. EST.

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