Barry Manilow is one of the most private people in showbusiness. With a career spanning over 50 years and releasing major hits like ‘Copacabana,’ ‘Mandy’ and ‘Can’t Smile Without You,’ Manilow has managed to stay out of the public light and kept his personal life a secret.
But it seems he doesn’t want to keep it a secret anymore. And we couldn’t be happier for him.
In a shock confession, Manilow has spoken today about his sexuality for the first time in his career – revealing that he is gay, and has even married to his manager, Garry Kief. The pair has been together for nearly 40 years. How has he kept that a secret?! Okay, so papers had been speculating for some time, but Barry had never confirmed anything else. So, a huge congratulations to them both.
During an interview with People Magazine, Manilow confirmed that the pair got married in 2014 in a small and quiet ceremony in their Palm Springs Home. He said that many of his family and closest friends knew about his sexuality, and had known for many years, but they were not in on their nuptials. Instead, around 20-30 guests were invited to lunch…not knowing they would be watching their pop icon get married.
When asked why he kept his sexuality a secret for so long – 73 years in fact – Manilow reported that he was scared and worried about the public’s response to his news. He said,
I’m so private. I always have been. I thought I would be disappointing them [fans] if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything.
But in reality, the reaction has been the complete opposite, and fans are taking to social media to congratulate the star on his relationship.
When [the fans] found out that Garry and I were together, they were so happy. The reaction was so beautiful – stranger commenting, ‘Great for you!’ I’m just so grateful for it. Thank goodness we’re still together, and we’re in great shape, too.
Manilow had previously been married to Susan Deixler while he was studying music at the New York College of Music but says that he was utterly ‘in love’ with her at this point, and hadn’t yet begun to struggle with his sexuality.
Well, we couldn’t be happier for him. Congratulations, Barry and Garry!