Whitney Houston says drug use reports "ridiculous"

LONDON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - 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.”

Whitney Houston performs "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" at the 2009 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, November 22, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

After being hospitalized in Paris on Tuesday under doctor’s orders, Houston told People magazine she is looking forward to returning to the stage after postponing several dates on the European leg of her concert tour.

“I’m feeling great,” she said. “I’m just ready to move on and continue my world tour.”

Houston, 46, is expected to retake the stage on April 13 in Birmingham, England, and continue touring through June.

“My health is terrific, but this is a time when I get a lot of allergies,” she told People.

Houston had been due to perform in Manchester, England, on April 8 and 9 but the shows were rescheduled for June 16 and 17. Her show in Glasgow, Scotland, on April 11 was moved to May 1.

She already had postponed a concert in Paris on Tuesday, delaying the European leg of a world tour that received a rocky reception in Asia and Australia.

Houston, one of the top selling U.S. female vocalists of all time, launched a comeback last year after battling drug addiction and released “I Look To You,” her first studio album in seven years that topped the U.S. and other charts.

But 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.

The negative reports and postponed concerts in Europe led some tabloids to speculate that Houston had relapsed into drug use. She called that “ridiculous.”

“At this point, I just don’t respond,” she told People. “I don’t even read it.”

Reporting by Mike Collett-White in London and Bob Tourtellotte in Los Angeles; Editing by Paul Casciato and Will Dunham