Whitney Houston 'feeling great'
Published 08/04/2010 | 16:37
Whitney Houston declared she is "feeling great" and is looking forward to continuing her world tour as she arrived in the UK.
The singer was forced to temporarily put off three concerts at the start of the UK leg of the tour after being diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection by doctors in Paris earlier this week.
The 46-year-old, who has checked into a hotel in London, said: "I'm feeling great, I'm just ready to move on and continue my world tour."
Whitney branded suggestions that she could be on a downward spiral due to drugs "ridiculous". She said: "At this point, I just don't respond. I don't even read it."
She continued: "I'm doing what I love to do, which is singing. The best part is seeing all of my fans around the world."
Whitney was due to perform at the Manchester Evening News Arena on Thursday and Friday, with a performance at the SECC in Glasgow on Sunday. The Glasgow concert has been rescheduled for May 1, while the Manchester dates will take place on June 16 and 17. The star's UK tour is now set to start at Birmingham LG Arena next Tuesday.
Concert promoters Marshall Arts have asked ticket holders for the Manchester and Glasgow performances to retain their tickets, which will remain valid. Organisers said those unable to make the re-scheduled shows should apply to their point of ticket purchase for a refund. They added that all other dates on Whitney's Nothing But Love World Tour 2010 will be unaffected.
Whitney has been dogged by ill-health while attempting her big comeback.
The singer had been on a hiatus from music as she battled drug addiction and ended a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown. But with her new album, I Look To You, she's been riding high once more and has declared herself healthy and free from substance abuse.