According to Barry Manilow, he spend almost 40 years keeping his sexuality a secret because he worried about how fans would take the news that he’s gay.
Wednesday, Manilow gave People magazine an exclusive interview. He took the opportunity to finally open up publicly about his 2014 marriage to Garry Kief, his longtime manager.
Barry Manilow admitted to coming out of the closet back in 2015. He also discussed why it took him so many years to do it. He told People that he is now, and always has been a private person.
But, that wasn’t the only reason the legendary singer kept his homosexuality a secret.
Manilow also notes that he feared if fans knew he was gay, they would have been disappointed. So, he just stayed quiet about it. But, soon people found out he was married to Gary Kief, a man, and they were very happy for them.
The “Copacabana” singer talked about how beautiful fans’ reactions were to the news. Strangers even sent him comments like:
“Great for you!”
And, he’s extremely grateful for it.
Manilow met Kief in 1978 and right then “I knew that this was it,” Manilow said. “I was one of the lucky ones. I was pretty lonely before that.” Kief became Manilow’s manager shortly afterwards and the two have been together for 39 years.
Kief still remains Manilow’s manager, as well as the role of President of Barry Manilow Productions. “He’s the smartest person I’ve ever met in my life,” Manilow told People, “and a great guy, too.”