Whitney's Wild Week
updated 06/09/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/09/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT
They're certainly not dull. Houston—who admitted her past drug use to Diane Sawyer last year—sparked a stir with reports of hearty partying while in town and emerged from a Las Vegas hospital before the concert with a bandaged nose (it-was, says a rep, a device to keep her vocal cords moist). Three days later, Houston, Brown and Bobbi Kristina winged off to their next stop: Israel. Saying she was on a "spiritual retreat," she headed to the city of Dimona to visit the Black Hebrews, an African-American sect whose customs include polygamy and vegetarianism. In Jerusalem, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon greeted the singer. "It's home," said Houston, who is Christian. "It's a friendship I've never had with any other country."