Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, arrives with boyfriend Nick Gordon at the premiere of the new film Sparkle in Hollywood on Aug. 16, 2012
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February 18, 2015 10:16 PM EST

Nick Gordon has not stopped thinking about his girlfriend, Bobbi Kristina Brown, since he found her unresponsive in a bathtub on Jan. 31. He wants to see her and has not stopped trying.

“Nick has been trying, privately, to do everything he can to see Bobbi Kristina cooperatively,” his Atlanta lawyer Randy Kessler tells PEOPLE. “He has respected the family’s wishes and for that reason alone has not returned to the hospital and risked a public confrontation.”

Kessler added: “But he desperately wants to be with the one he loves and continues to hope that his request will be granted.”

Gordon even got a tattoo that features her name on his forearm and posted a pic of the ink on his Facebook page on Sunday, Kessler confirmed.

Brown 21, the daughter of R&B singer Bobby Brown and the late musical starWhitney Houston, remains on life support and has not regained consciousness since she was admitted to the hospital.

She has repeatedly referred to Gordon as her husband over the past year, yet Brown family members deny they were legally wed.

Police in Roswell, Georgia, have launched a criminal investigation into the case. Reports have claimed that Gordon is at the center of the investigation, with a family source telling PEOPLE that they were looking into “foul play.”

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