Country star Chely Wright is convinced her career has suffered since she 'came out' as a lesbian, revealing her record sales have taken a nosedive and halved.
The singer rocked the world of country music in May (10) by becoming the genre's first openly gay star, but she admits her brave move has had a negative impact on her work.
She says, "In coming out I had a feeling that it would diminish my wage earning, and that feeling was correct... It didn't help my career.
"My record sales went directly in half. If it appears from the outside in that it's helped my career, it could be because I haven't talked about the negative."
The Single White Female hitmaker also admits she has been subjected to vicious threats since revealing her true sexuality: "My life has been threatened. I get nasty letters every day, 'I'm through with you Chely Wright, you're going to hell.'"
But the 40 year old is adamant she has no regrets over her decision to 'come out' - because she no longer has to hide her relationships.
She adds: "I spent every ounce of energy hiding the fact that I was gay."