Whitney Houston’s weight is “spiraling out of control”

Whitney Houston In Concert

In this week’s National Enquirer, they have one of the most unflattering photos of Whitney Houston in the middle of a concert on May 27, under the headline “Whitney Soars to 175 lbs”. The piece is remarkably similar to one the Enquirer ran about Mariah Carey several weeks ago, only with Mariah they were all “she gained weight because she’s happy” and with Whitney they’re like “she’s gained weight just because.” Unfortunately, we don’t have the exact photos the Enquirer is using, so these – from May 14 – will have to suffice. Does Whitney look bigger? Sure. Did I look at her and think “heifer”? No.

Whitney Houston’s weight is spiraling out of control! The troubled Grammy winner has packed on at least 20 pounds recently.

While experts believe some of the weight gain has been caused by steroid injections or prednisone treatments to treat a nagging respiratory infection, insiders say that Whitney’s been “pigging out” on room service and fast food during her “Nothing But Love” European tour.

“She ballooned to 175 pounds, and there’s no sign of slowing down,” added a source.

[From The National Enquirer, print edition]

I’d imagine that she’s also gaining weight because:
A) Who cares?
B) She’s not smoking crack anymore (while she reads the Bible), and needs something for her oral fixation.
C) She on tour, and she’s hungry after performing.
D) Because she’s not some young pop star with a crazy metabolism.

All in all, it could totally be worse. Maybe Whitney will become the new Aretha Franklin! Just a big, beautiful woman with an amazing voice, someone who gets so big, their fashion statements are all about boobs and hats. I would really love that Whitney. That Whitney has her voice back. I wonder if the actual Whitney will ever have her voice back?

Whitney Houston In Concert

Whitney Houston In Concert

Whitney Houston In Concert

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  1. Larissa says:

    Yeah, it´s not like she got obese in 5 seconds! She gained a few pounds!
    It probably means she is pretty much healthier than she has been in the last 20 years or so!

  2. canadianchick says:

    People are so weird about women’s weight.

  3. heb says:

    I wish these successful singers would embrace being bigger–they have the clout (as opposed to someone starting out who needs everything they can get), and I think that would really help body image

  4. Penguen says:

    Whitney was my first concert back when I was five…in 1985. I say we give her a break with the weight gain. She’s getting older. Plus, maybe she’s healthier. I’d rather a heavier, healthier Whitney than an emaciated, strung out Whitney. Not that there aren’t levels in between, but I say we cut her a break.

  5. grrrlgrace says:

    The photographs are focusing on her face…not her body. If you look at her body, it’s pretty full and curvy, NOT fat. Whitney is still lovely, but older now, so of course pictures can be very unflattering. I am not overweight, yet I notice the same “look” Whitney’s face has in some pics on me simply because gravity and age puffiness have come into play. They’re making a big deal out of nothing.

  6. Feebee says:

    Not all women are Susan Lucci, many put on weight just as part of aging/metabolism slow down. Even if Whit was around 175, she not a short woman – she could probably carry it without looking that heavy.

    Sometimes I really hate those bastards at the NE.

  7. Drugs will do that. I mean, coming off of drugs. When youstop them you blow up for a minute or for a year.

  8. Q says:

    Let me ‘splain this to you: the reason you gain weight on steroids is BECAUSE THEY MAKE YOU EAT MORE. So sure she’s pigging out on room service, but I’m still saying it’s from the steroids. The last time I was on them it was like I had a goddamned tape worm.

  9. Shay says:

    She quit smoking.
    Apparently, her Australian concert promoter revealed her cigarette smoking in the media (to explain her dodgy vocal performances).

  10. r.marsh says:

    i think ist sad. she cant win. when shes too skinny they talk now shes too big. lets just hope for the best for her like we are all doing for ruby.

  11. OXA says:

    Menopause and midlife are not always kind!!!!

  12. Anastasia says:

    I’m with those who feel this means she’s probably healthier. Better a few extra pounds than cracked out.

  13. meme says:

    much as i love ya whitney, it’s over. all the crack ruined your voice.

  14. mary simon says:

    Menopause and crack addiction are not very kind either. She was so talented and beautiful and the world was hers. Can’t believe what’s become of her. Really sad.

  15. Cinderella says:

    I’d rather see her heavy if it means she’s off drugs. If she’s still using, well, she’s signing her own death sentence.

  16. Ann says:

    It’s really messed up how women are picked on regarding their weight. It’s a double standard since no one is THAT vicious towards heavy men (& most middle-aged men in entertainment are overweight).

  17. lucy2 says:

    Considering how skeletal she’s gotten in the past, I actually think she looks pretty good. But sadly I think the voice is gone. Such a waste of an amazing talent.
    I kind of wish they’d leave her alone – it’s clear she’s had a lot of problems for a long time, let her try to get better without all that mean tabloid stuff.

  18. GatsbyGal says:

    She actually looks really healthy in those photos. Her skin looks pretty. Definitely not the physical appearance of someone using crack…so, yay!

  19. Just a Poster says:

    I agree GatsbyGal YAY!

    I would much rather have a “chubby” Whitney than a dead Whitney. Hopefully she is on the right track health wise.

  20. janica says:

    People off of drugs almost always gain weight.

  21. Lori says:

    I would so rather her be a bit heavier than on crack people.

  22. Dallas says:

    It is a known fact that when one puts the drugs down and becomes “clean and sober” they gain weight! Her body s rejoicing in the fact that she is giving it nourishment. When ones metabolism is controlled by drugs, they become a shadow of themselves.

    Yes, she has gained weight and at this stage of her life it will be much harder to lose. ie…age, post menapousal
    She is healthy though and really, that s all that matters!

  23. jc126 says:

    I think the NE runs stories about celebrities weight gain because it makes their target demographic feel better about their own weight – the average American is overweight, after all. If they ran nothing but pics of super-thin actresses, they’d turn off their readers.

  24. original kate says:

    she needs to worry about her voice, not her weight. she looks ok, but her voice is busted.

  25. maritza says:

    Her upper body doesn’t look fat but her face does, the weight has probably gone to her ass too. As long as she is off doing drugs, it doesn’t matter if she has gained a few pounds. I wish her well.

  26. Kiska says:

    She looks fine. Start attacking some fat old men for a change!

  27. Aspen says:

    Really? We’re talking about her weight? Honestly, that’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard in a long time.

    I’m GLAD she’s putting on weight, but only because it indicates she put the pipe down.

    And if she’s on steroids, it’s possible to gain weight even without eating more. I have chronic issues with my lumbar spine, and whenever they put me on a course of steroids to bring down the swelling, I work out like a maniac and seriously cut calories because I will gain uncontrollably unless I do. I most certainly don’t eat more when on these drugs, but I still tend to gain 5-7 pounds each time.

  28. Isa says:

    I think she looks great esp compared to the pictures of her looking deathly ill from when she was on drugs.

  29. benny says:

    At least she’s eating. I’d rather see her like this than when she was on drugs big time – she looked scary sick back then.

  30. Ron says:

    I would love it if she would get her voice back and become the new Aretha! Pull up to the buffet Whitney!

  31. yae says:

    That looks like steroid face bloat. It will even make your fingers fat.

  32. Fae says:

    Mama Cass
    Nina Simone
    Ann Wilson (from Heart)
    Alison Moyet
    Aretha Franklin

    …damn. I thought I was going to be able to come up with more than that. It’s late here. Anyway, five very good reasons why nobody should give a shit what size she is.

    Plus she’s not even that big. Oprah doesn’t get this kind of shit.

  33. NFLmama says:

    She’s starting to look like Aretha Franklin.

  34. bosc says:

    Never mind her weight, what happened to her FACE? Looks like some serious overuse of fillers and Botox.

  35. Princess P. says:

    WOW! Whitney Houston is arguably the greatest singer of all time. She has survived drug abuse that could have taken her life. Her album is great. She is working hard to re-surge her career. And all we can talk about is weight gain!!!! Whitney has commented that she will NEVER be fat. So, obviously, the weight gain is not from eating. It is a side affect of the steroid in her medications. I can attest to that. There is nothing you can do about it. She cannot stop the steroids until she completes her tour. Why all of the hatefulness towards Whitney? What has she done to anyone? Her drug use affected her…not us?? Give her a break. All of these fat overweight male actors roving about and you try and talk about Whitney? Keep it going strong Whitney..I know these headlines can be hurtful.

  36. ViktoryGin says:

    With all of her demons, people are concerned with something so mundane as a few extra pounds? Makes for good celeb gossip, I suppose.

  37. Slymm27 says:

    I am 5’11, and 145lbs! Would kill to gain 10 more pounds. Pls let me knw where d steriods are at! She looks good and healthy.

  38. ChinaCat says:


    Ditto… e’en the peri-menopausal sh*t sux! God I’m burning up!

  39. cat says:

    It is natural- the skinniness from drugs was not.

  40. cat says:

    Fans should show support even more, since she is more like a real person now- ask to see her make another movie.

  41. Elnora Meridy says:

    Whitney looks like a person on steroids for respitory problems. My sister had sarcadosis as well as Bernie Mac & Jerry Lewis. Her appearance is very similiar to people with this desease. If in fact this is true & she is still trying to give her fans a farewell appearance and wishing to keep it private. I commend her & in fact she is a very brave & selfless person. I know from my sister’s illness that it is very serious and there is no cure. So let’s stop being mean,hateful & critical of this great lady that has entertained us in her prime, shared her tremendous gift with us. And now she unselfishly has chosen to give us even more, dispite our harsh reviews and critisisms. God Bless you Whitney, I will be praying for you. I’m very proud of your recovery. Don’t pay attention to the negative, keep on doing the best that you can do.

  42. Hello Whitney

    This is your passionate fitness trainer here in Atlanta. I still remember the first time you trained with me at Pat Houston house. We got so intense with the boxing training that I saw your raw determination to make a comeback! I’m not liking these pictures of you at all, and I’m not afraid to address this to your fans. I told People Magazine I was going to bring you back, and I mean just want I said. You know how I motivate you, so when you get back to Atlanta just know we are going to hit it hard with no distractions!!!

    Bervin Jackson

  43. Missy Poo says:

    She’s not the Whitney we all used to seeing, but I think she looks great, but needs a wardrobe make over to complement her new size, after all if this is a side effect of her medication then it is what it is ….