April 16, 2010 03:53:38 GMT
Receiving bad reviews over her European comeback concert, Whitney Houston defends her performance, calling the audience 'tough' to please.
Whitney Houston has brushed off criticism of her comeback show in the U.K. on Tuesday, April 13, insisting she was playing to a "tough crowd". The R&B superstar scrapped a string of European concerts earlier this month after she was hospitalized and diagnosed with chronic rhinopharyngitis - a swelling of the membranes in the nose and throat.
She made a return to the stage after a week of illness with a concert in Birmingham, England - her first concert in Britain for 11 years - but the gig was blighted by bad reviews and boos from the crowd. The singer was accused of sounding breathless and off-key throughout the show, and she drew heckles from the audience when she left the stage for a 15-minute break.
But Houston is refusing to take the criticism personally, insisting the audience was difficult to please. She says, "They were a tough crowd. (But) it feels great to be on tour again. Making music has always been my passion. I love the U.K. fans, they're my core fanbase."