Whitney Houston feared for her safety and contacted the FBI after being inundated with love letter from crazed fans and also extortion threats from a close friend, it has been revealed in files released by the Bureau.
The 'Saving All My Love For You' icon, who died a year ago, filed reports with the FBI more than 20 years ago, claiming to have received several love letters from obsessed fans which prompted concerns for her safety and that of those around her.
Whitney Houston contacted the FBI in 1988 after fearing for her safety (FayesVision/WENN.com)
One particular fan in Vermont sent more than 70 letters over 17 months, saying he couldn't resist contacting Whitney and declaring his love for the singer.
“I tried to ignore what I felt towards her. After five months I had to do something so I started writing letters,” one letter read.
After admitting he had concocted a plan to profess his love in a public arena, the fan then said he had second thoughts.
“It scares me that I might come up with some crazy or stupid or really dumb idea that might be as bad as that or even worse than that. I might hurt someone with some crazy idea and not realise how stupid an idea is until I have done it.”
However, the FBI decided not to take action against the fan as he had not broken any laws and had not made any physical threats towards her.
Another alleged threat came from a source in Whitney's camp who was “privy to much personal information,” and who blackmailed the singer for £166,250 ($250,000) or else they would release their private knowledge.
While Whitney was interviewed by the FBI in regards to the extortion claims, no further details have been revealed as the records are heavily redacted.
One fan from the Netherlands even went as far as to claim that he was President of Europe, and had bought Brazil for $66 billion and aided Nelson Mandela's election campaign in South Africa.
Whitney died on February 11, 2012, at the age of 48 after accidentally drowning in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel the night before the Grammys. Her death was said to be complicated by cocaine use and heart disease.
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