Former singing superstar Whitney Houston took a massive step on her comeback after dazzling VIP fans in London on Tuesday night.
The famed singer who gained notoriety for her ravaged appearance in recent years looks to have turned the corner in her marathon struggle to beat booze and drugs.
The 45-year-old looked every inch the star as she appeared at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge sporting a sleek black belted mac coat with a stunning Dolce and Gabbana black and white dress underneath.
Houston was greeted by British billionaire retailer Sir Phillip Green and a host of wealthy fans as she promoted her first album in seven years entitled I Look To You.
Some of the tracks have already been leaked on the Internet and despite some unflattering reviews on her vocals music mogul Clive Davis believes she is back to her best.
Davis said: “You won’t forget it after you hear it – there is a song on the album ‘I Didn’t Know My Own Strength’ and it really speaks of Whitney.
She may have tumbled but she did not crumble.”
Since splitting with her former husband Bobby Brown in 2006 and gaining custody of their daughter Bobbi Khristina, the singer has been working hard to get her life back-on-track.
In 2001, she shocked fans with her gaunt appearance at a Michael Jackson tribute concert in New York and then the following year she admitted to
Diane Sawyer in an ABC interview that she had experimented with both drugs and booze.
Houston revealed: “I don’t like to think of myself addicted – I had a bad habit which can be broken. I’m not gonna tell you I’m somebody’s junkie – my business is sex, drugs rock and roll – trust me I partied my tail off.”
But after numerous stints in rehab she looks like she is back to her best and is ready to re-start her career which has seen her sell 140 million albums and 50 million singles.
Her most famous single, ‘I Will Always Love You’, released in 1993, became one of the biggest selling records of all time.