- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Flat Whitney blames O

Whitney Houston wrote her own tough review of her first public singing performance in years, which took place Tuesday afternoon in New York’s Central Park.

“I’m sorry,” she told the capacity crowd at the city’s Rumsey Playfield, where she was singing as part of a segment scheduled to run on Wednesday’s “Good Morning America” in the 8 a.m. hour.

According to the New York Daily News, Miss Houston blamed her evident vocal problems on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which she had taped Monday to air on Sept. 14. “When I’m talking, I should be singing,” Miss Houston said.

Not that she sounded entirely hoarse or winded during her four-song performance. Miss Houston growled with confidence during the funkiest parts of her old hit “My Love Is Your Love.” And in the verses of her new single, “Million Dollar Bill” - from her just-released CD, “I Look to You” - she had some of the ringing old tone. Still, not even the most loving fan could have missed the cracks in her voice that came once in each song.

Miss Houston raced onto the stage at 12:05, about an hour after fans had begun sauntering in. The show was free, but fans had to line up for a spot in the venue, which holds about 2,000 people, the Daily News said.

Although she was scheduled to play just three numbers, Miss Houston announced she was sticking in an “impromptu” song, which turned out to be “My Love Is Your Love.” She also brought out daughter Bobbi Kristina, 16, her child with ex-hubby Bobby Brown.

Continuing the family theme, Miss Houston then thanked her mother, singer Cissy Houston, and dedicated her performance of her new CD’s title track to her mom.

Finally, right before performing her final song, “I Am Every Woman,” Miss Houston delivered her apology, commenting that her talk with Oprah Winfrey was “so good.”

Ron’s ex gets half

It’s all over now for Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and his soon-to-be ex-wife, Jo. The former model, 53, is getting half the aging rocker’s estimated $37 million fortune, Denverpost.com reports.

Friends say Mrs. Wood also is demanding that Mr. Wood sell his estimated $6.4 million home in County Kildare, Ireland, as part of the settlement. The reason? It’s where Mr. Wood, 62, is said to have fallen in love with his latest squeeze, 20-year-old Russian waitress Katia Ivanova.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports reports

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