"Whitney Houston is a 'has been.' And we love her that way."

I used to love Whitney Houston. Back in the day she was this picture of clean cut, fun and loveable. With monster hits like “I Will Always Love You,” “Greatest Love of All,” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” she was what Celine Dion was before she went Vegas. When Houston hooked up with Bobby Brown, the truth about this Roni was that Whitney WAS a sweet little girl, but then Bobby got a hold of her and this tender Roni became crap-a-roni.

She became a drug addict and pretty much lost respect of a lot of fans and critics. I’m not blaming Bobby Brown here – at least not fully. But it seems to me that when musicians change their lifestyles around to one that is not what people are familiar with, they become nut jobs.

The same thing happened to Mariah Carey. She was a nice singer with an annoying high pitched voice that dogs could only hear. Then she hooked up with P. Diddy to become some weird thug life but not really singer/rapper? Her popularity pretty much went south.

Jennifer Lopez was the same issue. When she became J.Lo, I was like, WTF!? She went from nice actress/musician to ‘don’t be fooled by the rocks that she got, she’s still, she’s still Jenny from the block.’ What block was this? A mental block?

Now, she seems to be back to normal, as does Mariah Carey.

I’m not saying that thug life or rap or R&B music is bad, I’m saying it doesn’t fit their images of why they sold albums. I can’t see P. Diddy being a successful country music artist. I can see him stealing, I mean ‘sampling’ a country music song, but that is about it.

So when I read an article about a Whitney Houston concert not going so well, from ABCnews.com titled, “Whitney Houston Says Drug Use Reports ‘Ridiculous’” to which it stated “Singer Whitney Houston was released from a Paris hospital on Wednesday after suffering a respiratory infection and she called media reports that she was using drugs again ‘ridiculous,’” I had to wonder.

Had she not gone down this path, Houston’s excuse may have been believable. She stated, “My health is terrific, but this is a time when I get a lot of allergies.”

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.”

But since you open up that side to fans, then they will speculate the same conclusion all the time. It may not be true, but that is something Houston has to combat. Hopefully, this story has a happy ending. Because the real news is that Whitney Houston’s first release in seven years is actually bringing her back to music dominance.

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Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.

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