The FBI has released, in a document dump, 128 pages of material from 1988 to 1992 pertaining to Whitney Houston. Along with voluminous fan letters (that quickly turned into a stalker's manifesto), the dump is most interesting for containing information that Houston was extorted for cash because of her personal life:
"Another series of documents details a blackmail plot against Houston, conducted by a woman who alleged that she had sensitive and embarrassing information about the singer's relationships and personal life.
"The woman's demands climbed from $100,000 to $250,000. Houston, who died in February 2012, admitted having discussed personal matters with the woman, and her father ultimately sent the woman a payment to buy her silence."
Living in the closet may be beneficial for one's career, but it certainly takes a personal—and, sometimes, a financial—toll.