A week after Whitney's death, Ray J comes forward with some touching words for a woman he obviously deeply cared for.
Ray J broke his silence about Whitney's death:
"Over the past few days, I've tried to process the emptiness that I am experiencing. What my heart feels cannot be expressed in words. The world lost an icon, but I lost my close friend."
Ray J continues, "Nippy, I miss you so much!" Nippy was a nickname Whitney's dad gave her.
And Ray J adds, "You were so happy and full of love. Your smile will live in my heart forever."
Ray J was dating Whitney in the months before she died and was turned away from the Beverly Hilton Hotel where the icon passed away.
Tomorrow will be a sad day for everyone across the world, as Whitney's funeral will be held in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey. #RIPWhitneyHouston