Fighting off candid rumors that she’s back on drugs, Whitney Houston has spoken out about why she had to postpone several recent shows for a short stint in the hospital. The 46-year-old R&B legend explains that allergies (not a drug relapse) was the reason she had to postpone a few dates so that she could recover from an upper respiratory infection under the care of a doctor.

“At this point, I just don’t respond. I don’t even read it,” Houston told People about the drug rumors. “My health is terrific, but this is a time when I get a lot of allergies.” On Wednesday, Houston postponed several shows, including concerts scheduled on Thursday and Friday in Manchester, England. The shows have been pushed back to June 16 and 17. The singer also rescheduled this Sunday’s concert in Glasgow, Scotland, for May 1.

As for now, Houston seems to have recovered from her infection. “I’m feeling great,” she said. “I’m just ready to move on and continue my world tour.”


Houston, who released her comeback album I Look to You late last year, will return to the stage to continue her “Nothin’ But Love” World Tour in Birmingham next Tuesday (Apr 13).

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