WHITNEY Houston refuses to quit smoking — and that’s why her voice is faltering, according to the singer’s tour promoter.
Whitney came under fire earlier this week after her Nothing But Love tour drew complaints from Australian audiences who claimed the star has been struggling to complete her sets.
The Heartbreak Hotel hitmaker allegedly wheezed her way through a show in Brisbane, taking regular breaks to catch her breath, while fans are reported to have walked out of her concert in Sydney when the singer’s voice began to crack.
Amid rumors of ill health, Andrew McManus insists Whitney’s smoking habit is to blame for her breathing difficulties.
“Whitney smokes. God bless her, I can’t tell her not to,” said McManus. “She will not take any substances. She just will not. It is what it is. She’s comfortable with the show she’s performing. She knows she’s not hitting every note like she used to. But it’s value for money, it’s Whitney Houston warts and all.
“I talked to her after the Sydney show. I told her I have her back but she said, ‘If the good Lord wants me to be attacked and ridiculed that’s the road I have to go down.’
“It’s an interesting approach. Here I am being aggressive in trying to protect her and she said, ‘I love you for it but let it go. I can only give my best, if that’s not good enough, so be it. I’m comfortable in my own skin.’”
It was recently claimed that Whitney’s friends fear she is back in drugs.
The singer — who’s publicly admitted to battling drugs for years — has allegedly been displaying the same sketchy behavior that blighted her once blazing hot career.
“Everyone is worried about her,” a source said in December last year. “Whitney seems to go from being a nervous wreck to being completely out of it in a short period of time — just like she did when she was freebasing and using crack cocaine.
“She is still drinking and with Whitney, alcohol and drugs have always gone hand-in-hand. She’s worked so hard to get back on top. It would be tragic for it to go up in smoke because she can’t stay clean.
“You can’t help worrying that she’s slipped back into some of her bad habits.”
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