Barry Manilow talked about being gay and why he kept his sexuality a secret for nearly 40 years in an interview with People magazine
Manilow revealed that he’s been in a 39-year private relationship with his now husband Garry Kief. The news comes just two years after rumors spread about his relationship with Kief, according to Fox News.
“I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything,” the 73-year-old told People magazine in reference to his loyal fans.
He said the response was not what he expected, though, as his fans were very happy for him.
“When they found out that Gary and I were together, they were so happy,” Manilow said. “The reaction was so beautiful – strangers commenting, ‘Great for you!’ I’m just so grateful for it.”
Manilow, who was once married to his high school sweetheart Susan Deixler, said he’s now been married to Kief for three years, according to The Huffington Post.
Kief became Manilow’s manager in 1978, not long after the two met.
“He’s the smartest person I’ve ever met in my life – and a great guy, too,” Manilow said, adding that he “knew that this was it” when he first met Kief. “I was pretty lonely before that.”
The pop star recently invited People magazine to his home in Palm Springs for an interview and photo shoot with Kief.
“I was in love with Susan. I just was not ready for marriage,” Manilow told People magazine of his first marriage. “I was out making music every night, sowing my wild oats – I was too young. I wasn’t ready to settle down.”
The Grammy-winner came to fame in 1974 after making pop-rock ballad “Mandy.” After that, he went on to make hits like “Looks Like We Made It,” “Copacabana (At the Copa)” and “Can’t Smile Without You.”
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