Nick Gordon, the young man who has become something of a lightning rod at the center of the tragic Bobbi Kristina Brown saga, on Wednesday released a statement defending his actions following her near-drowning.
While Bobby Brown and other relatives of he and the late singer Whitney Houston's daughter have insisted that Gordon was not married to Bobbi Kristina and has not visited her at the hospital, his reps say he's staying away for the good of decorum.
"Nick has been trying, privately, to do everything he can to see Bobbi Kristina cooperatively," Gordon's attorneys Randall M. Kessler and Joe S. Habachy said in a statement.
"He has respected the family's wishes and for that reason alone has not returned to the hospital and risked a public confrontation," the statement continued. "But he desperately wants to be with the one he loves and continues to hope that his request will be granted."
Various rumors and unconfirmed reports have been swirling ever since Brown, 21, was put into a medically induced coma after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her suburban Atlanta home on Jan. 31 — describing friction between her blood relatives and Gordon.
Until now, his representatives had not directly commented on his efforts to see her.
Houston brought Gordon into her household as an orphan at the age of 12, raising him and her daughter after divorcing Bobby Brown in 2007. Gordon wore a large tattoo of Houston's face on his arm and called the singer "mom," but she never fully adopted him nor included him in the will. Over the Valentine's Day weekend, he posed a photo of himself with "Bobbi Kristina" tattooed on his arm.
After Houston's death in February 2012, Gordon and Bobbi Kristina went public with their romance and they were allegedly engaged that October. But Bobby Brown insists his daughter isn't and never has been married to Gordon.
Police in Roswell, Ga., have said that Gordon was performing CPR on Brown when first responders arrived. An attorney for another person in the house said his client, Max Lomas, first discovered her in the bathtub and alerted Gordon.
— Hasani Gittens