Cyndi Lauper’s Horrifying Secret Revealed

December 4th, 2007 // 28 Comments

Pretend it’s 1985 and you still care. Reports from backstage at last night’s benefit at NYC’s Hetrick-Martin Institute reveal exactly what Cyndi Lauper does to get that Betty Boop voice she’s always sporting. She sucks the helium from balloons! What the eff? For real? That’s a lot of balloons she must have gone through. Wouldn’t that affect brain function after awhile? Cyndi was so hot when I saw her this past summer on the True Colors tour. The benefit was for the Harvey Milk High School for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. A witness reported that before she went on, Cyndi “sucked the gas out of two helium balloons”. She also pissed off the high school’s youth choir by repeatedly referring to them as “transgender”. One member of the choir stated “we’re not [bleep]ing trannies!” Someone hasn’t absorbed the spirit and purpose of their high school, apparently.

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By J. Harvey
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  1. silvarga

    DO NOT believe this. It cannot be possible. Not legally, not medically, not logically.

    Someone in that Tranny choir must’ve missed their hormone shots that day and started hallucinating.

  2. Stewie

    Voices change w/ age – maybe she needs the helium _now_ but could do it herself back then — it has been over 20 years.

  3. Loob

    Isn’t her skin kind of amazing for her age? Her eye area is barely lined at all, but it doesn’t look like she has ever had any work done.
    Must be the amazing properties of that Helium.

  4. silvarga

    If that were the case they’d have to wheel a tank of helium out onto the stage and we’d see Cyndi doing a performance reminiscent of Dennis Hopper’s character in Blue Velvet”. Helium doesn’t stay in anyone’s lungs for more than a couple minutes at a time while talking. Breathing is 80% of singing so the helium would be expelled faster. There’s no way she could do a set without us all knowing and seeng her pass out on stage

  5. B

    C’mon, you believe this shit?! Complete fabrication….

  6. Tar

    Too bad, she sounds like a real pain in the ass. My first concert was Cyndi in the 80′s, and I don’t remember thinking her voice sounded odd.

  7. davina franks

    I actually went to a cindy gig in the 80′s and that chick rocks the SOCKS off any artist today. she sang a song with no backing music or vocals, you cannot deny that she has talent.

  8. Sara

    Wow. She looks fabulous, even up close.

  9. Jared

    The helium thing is nonsense. Anyone who’s ever done it knows that the effect lasts no longer than the helium remains in the lungs–about ten seconds.

  10. Jared

    The helium thing is nonsense. Anyone who’s ever done it knows that the effect lasts no longer than the helium remains in the lungs–about ten seconds.

  11. rdiggity

    No Whip-It

  12. Karen

    What a horrible thing to say about one of the greatest singers of this generation. Another reason not be believe the media….Cyndi Lauper is amazing!

  13. Jan

    Who ever posted this is a twat

  14. Ann

    LOL Do you actually believe that she will use helium from balloons? LOL. NONSENSE!!If you have a chance to see Cyndi is concert, give yourself a favor: She is brilliant!

  15. Ann

    LOL Do you actually believe that she will use helium from balloons? LOL. NONSENSE!!If you have a chance to see Cyndi is concert, give yourself a favor: She is brilliant!

  16. Shannon

    You’re right Cyndi Lauper is great!

  17. Ma

    Bullshits….
    Cyndi Lauper Is G R E A T !!!!!!

  18. Nick

    Cyndi Lauper did the Today Show few years ago and explained this exercise. It has something to do with exercising the pharnyx which is above the larnyx or something technichal like that. I think it was from a morning show a few years ago when she sang shine and the host asked her what the balloon was for that she was using before her performance. Cyndi doesn’t need helium to prove her talent. She learned this exercise from her vocal great vocal teacher Katie Agresta.

  19. Erin

    Cyndi Lauper looks GREAT! Her new album should be out early next year! Can’t hardly wait.

  20. Lisa

    Slow news day, huh? Anyone who would believe this for even a fraction of a second is a dumbass. It’s a vocal exercise! Rock on, Cyndi.

  21. Chris

    Stupid article and anybody who believes it is even dumber. Have you ever sucked a helium balloon to make your voice sound funny? How long does that last? Maybe 20 – 30 seconds at most. Cyndi would have to have a helium tank strapped to her back with a mask on to make that effect endure a whole concert. Cyndi’s squeaky speaking voice was something she cultivated until MAYBE 1986 and then dropped it. Watch any interview on Youtube from after 86 and you’ll see. And, how dare a GLB choir (singing undoubtedly as a representative of marginalized people) get so bent out of shape about being called “tranny’s” (if that’s even true). Get over yourselves and practice what you preach. Be more accepting.

  22. Cliff

    The balloon excercise is to strengthen your diaphragm. There are very few artists that have the vocal control that Cyndi does. It’s very obvious that she does some intense excercises to maintain her voice as she does.

    Embarassing article from an uneducated author – which would explain the absence of the author’s name.

  23. Paul

    Pretty embarssing article for the author’s sake. Notice there is no author’s name attached to it. I know the balloon excercises also help strengthen the diaphragm – which enable the singer to not sing from their nose or head. The author of this article should be FIRED!

  24. Chris Zapadk

    There’s a reason she keeps rocking through the ages… talent! Hey Davina, is that you?

  25. Hawk

    Cyndi is beautiful. I’ve been infatuated since I first saw her in the “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” video in the early 80′s. Believe me, I don’t care about her politics, beliefs or anything. If she’d have me I marry her tomorrow. (I guess I’d have to get divorced first.) Not only is she beautiful and classy, she has so much character you can see the energy flowing from her.

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  27. Michelle

    She is doing is a vocal warm-up/exercise for your lungs. She isn’t “sucking helium”. She is blowing it up. This is also used as a therapy for bronchitis, pneumonia, and other breathing problems. It is amazing to me how people would rather jump to the “wrong conclusion” rather than look for the truth.

  28. kabukicho2001

    Cyndi has squared mouth shape like Elvis Presley and I think the helium balloons is a warm up technique but now i didn’t hear hiccup style like in her early times.

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