Barry Manilow Hid His Sexuality For Years, Afraid of Fans' Reactions

The "Mandy" singer opens up about his sexuality.
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Pop icon Barry Manilow tells People magazine he hid the truth about his sexuality for decades because he was afraid of how his fans would react.

“I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything,” the very “private” actor shares.

Manilow, 73, came out as gay in 2015. Back then, he also announced he had married his manager Garry Kief a year earlier. He’s had a relationship with Kief for nearly 40 years, reports The Independent.

Manilow says he didn't realize that fans would lovingly accept him as he is. “They were so happy. The reaction was beautiful—strangers commenting: ‘Great for you!’ I’m just so grateful for it,” he says, initially shocked by his fans reactions.

The “Copacabana” singer met Kief in 1978 and they married in a private ceremony in Palm Springs, California. Longtime friend Suzanne Somers stood in as “best man.”

“He’s the smartest person I’ve ever met in my life—and a great guy, too,” Manilow says about his partner.

Manilow will be releasing his 29th studio album, This is My Town, on April 21.

h/t People, Independent

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