Barry Manilow has spoken about his sexuality for the first time and come out as gay, confirming he is married to manager Garry Kief, his partner of nearly 40 years. The famously private pop icon confirmed his relationship to People, explaining that he feared fans would be disappointed if they knew he was gay. I thought I would be disappointing them [fans] if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything.
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It can feel like a glitch in the fabric of the universe to be reminded that Barry Manilow only publicly came out as gay in Coming out is different for every single person who has to do it, and every person finds their own path; when Manilow came out, it was greeted, largely, as a bit funny that anyone might have not known that already. Last week, Manilow told the Mirror why it had taken so long for his story to be told. I had a hit record and I was on the cover of Teen Beat magazine. Now what do I do?
The music veteran, whose hits include Looks Like We Made It and Copacabana , also confirmed that he has been in a relationship with a man for 39 years. It is the first time he has spoken openly about his sexuality. Manilow married Garry Kief at their home in Palm Springs in , but never publicly confirmed the news because he was unsure how fans would react, he told People magazine. I always have been. Rumours of a marriage between Manilow and Kief surfaced two years ago, but the pair never commented on the reports.
Barry Manilow born Barry Alan Pincus , June 17, is an American singer-songwriter, arranger , musician, producer and actor, with a career that has spanned more than 50 years. He recorded and released 51 Top 40 singles on the Adult Contemporary Chart, including 13 that hit number one, 28 appeared within the top ten, and 36 in the top twenty. Manilow has released 13 platinum and six multi-platinum albums.