Barry Manilow feared ‘disappointing’ fans if he came out as gay — but it looks like he made it

Barry Manilow feared ‘disappointing’ fans if he came out as gay — but it looks like he made it            

Barry Manilow feared ‘disappointing’ fans if he came out as gay — but it looks like he made

Barry Manilow, who for decades has kept his private and public life separate, is opening for the first time about his sexuality and his 39-year-old partner, manager Garry Kief.During all that time, the pop star “Looks like we did” thought of his fans, he told People, who introduced him on his new cover.”I thought I’d let them down if they knew I was gay, so I never did anything,” said the 73-year-old.But in 2015, news was leaked that he and Kief (who is president of Barry Manilow Productions and Stiletto Entertainment) had been married to a few dozen guests at a surprise ceremony in his state of Palm Springs. Manilow had managed to keep the April 2014 wedding so far away from the radar that it took more than a year for the media to find out about it.The escape, he said, was a blessing and a curse, since he had kept his private life so private, even though his sexuality was a secret among his faithful followers. But he did not have to worry about the audience’s reaction.

Barry Manilow feared ‘disappointing’ fans if he came out as gay — but it looks like he made it

“When they found out that Garry and I were together, they were very happy,” Manilow said. “The reaction was so beautiful – strangers commenting:” Great for you! “I’m very grateful for that.From the Archives: Barry Manilow knows he’s not the coolest or the greatest, but he’s fine. Has ‘Fanilows’                                                                                  By the way, it was the behavior of his “Fanilows” that made the singer worry that Kief escaped after attending a concert in Manilow long ago and experiencing what the star’s world implied.”I got in the car with him, and [the fans] were swinging the car,” the man behind Mandy said. “It was like, ‘I can not handle this, it’s not for me.'””I’m glad he’s stayed,” Manilow said.

Barry Manilow performing at the opening night of his show Manilow On Broadway in January.

 

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