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Barry Manilow Reveals Why He Kept His Sexuality a Secret for Years

Barry Manilow Reveals Why He Kept His Sexuality a Secret for Years

Singer Barry Manilow is opening up about why he hid his sexuality from his fans for years.

“I’m so private. I always have been,” the 73-year-old singer told People. “I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything…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.”

Barry has been with his husband and manager Garry Kief for almost forty years.

When Barry was young, he was married to his high school sweetheart Susan Deixler.

“I was in love with Susan…I just was not ready for marriage…I was out making music every night, sowing my wild oats — I was too young. I wasn’t ready to settle down,” he said.

Barry and Garry were married back in 2014.

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  • Cool Boots

    I have always liked his music 🎶

  • Cool Boots

    I have always liked his music 🎶

  • Phil the Donahue

    GArry is the biggest douche evah…. he has been f-ing the office boys since forever. And I thought bare came out last year. Btw, if u thought he was straight u have issues. What a gross, money grubbing, lying “couple” who swing.

  • Phil the Donahue

    Too bad he’s a horrible human being. Not cause of the gay thing, he treats his staff horribly and his fake husband has been molesting office boys left and right. THey are gross people.

  • Cool Boots

    Oh my, I knew none of that. I like his music but have not really heard anything about him in years.

  • Chicken_Paprikash

    what a disgusting disgrace

  • CoCo Turtle

    Very happy for him!

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  • Phil the Donahue

    Yeah sorry, but he and Garry really are awful people. Talent doesn’t always mean good. Garry would send porn around the office. Everyone was scared to sue him because he was so rich with Barry’s money. Then he tried to sue people for quiting. They are just a nasty bunch with no soul.