The 88-year-old former bartender obviously needs the money for medical bills or something similar. His "story" also plays into the gay Hollywood revisionism that claims everybody who was ever a major Hollywood star was gay/lesbian or a closet gay/lesbian. Of course it is a load of shit, but these revisionists are more interested in the political aspects of pushing these ideas rather than the truth.
In about sixty years, tell-all books about lesbian affairs with Whitney Houston will be published. Perhaps a book will come out by somebody claiming he or she was her illegitimate son or daughter to get a piece of her estate. Worse of all, somebody will claim to much fanfare Whitney was a fraud because she lip-synched somebody else's voice throughout her career.