The inside scoop about En Vogue's tour

By Meredith Berkman
November 19, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

En Vogue‘s love? Luther Vandross is never gonna get it. While the official reason the funky divas are leaving Vandross’ two-month tour is Cindy Herron’s pregnancy, the 29-year-old singer says her doctor also ordered her off the road because of the stress of working with Vandross. “We’ve been having a lot of problems with Luther,” says Herron. “(Our) nickname for him is Lucifer.”

Herron, who is married to baseball’s Glenn Braggs, thinks the friction stems from the group’s request to have their band moved off stage during their set. Audience members, she says, were complaining that the band blocked the foursome. Vandross’ camp vetoed the idea, and from then on, says Herron, he stopped talking to them, ordered that the two camps eat separately while on the road, and instructed his crew to hang drapes so he wouldn’t have to see the group backstage. “We heard he could be difficult,” says Herron, who adds that she was also having difficulty sleeping on the bus and eating properly. “We feel sorry for him. This reflects an unhappy person.” Vandross’ representatives had no comment.