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.
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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.