Whitney Houston: 'I'm Feeling Great',and Drug Use Reports 'Ridiculous'



Whitney Houston: 'I'm Feeling Great'

It was allergies, not a relapse, says Whitney Houston, who's now out of the hospital and eager to return to the stage.

"I'm feeling great," she tells PEOPLE exclusively. "I'm just ready to move on and continue my world tour."

Hospitalized earlier this week for an upper respiratory infection, Houston postponed the first four shows of her European tour, fueling tabloid speculation that she's in a downward drug spiral.

Houston calls such reports "ridiculous" and says, "At this point, I just don't respond. I don't even read it."

Checking into a hospital in Paris was doctor's orders. "My health is terrific," says the singer, 46. "But this is a time when I get a lot of allergies."

Houston's tour will resume on April 13 in Birmingham, England, and will continue through June. "I'm doing what I love to do, which is singing," Houston says. "The best part is seeing all of my fans around the world."


Whitney Houston Says Drug Use Reports 'Ridiculous'

Whitney Houston was released from a Paris hospital on Wednesday (April 7) after suffering a respiratory infection and she called media reports that she was using drugs again "ridiculous."

After being hospitalized in Paris on Tuesday under doctor's orders, Houston told People magazine she is looking forward to returning to the stage after postponing several dates on the European leg of her concert tour.

"I'm feeling great," she said. "I'm just ready to move on and continue my world tour."

Houston, 46, is expected to retake the stage on April 13 in Birmingham, England, and continue touring through June.

"My health is terrific, but this is a time when I get a lot of allergies," she told People.

Houston had been due to perform in Manchester, England, on April 8 and 9 but the shows were rescheduled for June 16 and 17. Her show in Glasgow, Scotland, on April 11 was moved to May 1.

She already had postponed a concert in Paris on Tuesday, delaying the European leg of a world tour that received a rocky reception in Asia and Australia.

Houston launched a comeback last year after battling drug addiction and released "I Look To You," her first studio album in seven years that topped the U.S. and other charts.

But her performance during her "Nothing but Love" world tour in Australia was panned by some critics and some fans walked out, complaining she was off key, out of breath and looked exhausted.

The negative reports and postponed concerts in Europe led some tabloids to speculate that Houston had relapsed into drug use. She called that "ridiculous."

"At this point, I just don't respond," she told People. "I don't even read it."




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