Better late than never, right? At 73-years old Barry Manilow has revealed that he is gay and has been married to long-time manager Garry Kief since 2014. The couple have been together for 39 years.
In an interview with People, Manilow said he didn’t come out earlier because he didn’t want to disappoint his fans.
“I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything,” says Manilow. “When they found out that Garry and I were together, they were so happy. The reaction was so beautiful — strangers commenting, ‘Great for you!’ I’m just so grateful for it,” the singer told People.
Manilow and Kief were married in a private ceremony on their Palm Springs estate. Manilow said of Kief, that when they first met in 1978, “I knew this was it. I was one of the lucky ones. I was pretty lonely before that.”