Barry Manilow Has Finally Come Out As Gay Aged 73 And Confirms Relationship
Although it took him a long time to tell the world, Barry Manilow has finally spoken out about his sexuality for the first time. He recently came out as gay as well as confirming her marriage to Garry Kief his manager and partner of 40 years.
Manilow’s been hailed as one of the most private pop icons ever so the reveal has been nothing but speculation over the years. He explained to People he was afraid that fans would be disappointed if they knew the truth; ‘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.” He was shocked by the reactions his big revelation received not expecting the response he got at all.
‘They were so happy. The reaction was beautiful – strangers commenting: ‘Great for you!’ I’m just so grateful for it.’ He recalled one encounter he had, saying; “I got into the car with him, and [the fans] were rocking the car. He was like, ‘I can’t handle this. It’s not for me’. I’m glad he stayed. I have not read one negative response… I don’t know, maybe they care about everybody, but for me, it is so moving, it is so deep that these strangers were so happy that I was happy. That I wasn’t alone, that I had somebody that was with me that I loved and that we’d been together for 37 years. We’re in great shape and I was very grateful for that response.”
Manilow is famous for numerous 70s and 80s hits including ‘Mandy’ and ‘Copacabana’. He met Mr Kief is 1978, they married in a private ceremony on their estate in Palm Springs in 2014. Prior to this, Manilow was married to Susan Deixler very briefly whilst he was studying at New York College of Music. When speaking about it he said that he was ‘in love’ with her but was in no way ‘ready for marriage’
On the 21st of April Manilow’s set to release his 29th studio album, This is My Town. Now that his big secret is out you may understand his music a little more emotionally.