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Barry Manilow feared disappointing fans by coming out as gay

Barry Manilow feared disappointing fans by coming out as gay

Barry Manilow married Garry Kief in a private wedding at their 53-acre Palm Springs estate in April 2014, but he has never publicly confirmed their relationship until now. Manilow opens up about coming out into the world again and shared that the reason why he took so long to admit he is gay is because he was afraid to disappoint his fans.

Legendary crooner Barry Manilow has come out as gay at 73 years old.

"I think I could have made friends with a lot of people, but that fame thing got in the way", Manilow mused.

He said he met Kief, then a television executive, in 1978 and "I knew that this was it". I was one of the lucky ones.

Manilow's ex-wife Susan Diexler previously told the Daily Mail that she's happy for Barry, despite the fact that he left her after one year of marriage to go on a "musical journey".

But it seems to me the jury is in - around here at least, people are far more interested in who you are and what you do than in your sexual preference. "I was pretty lonely before that", Manilow said.

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While exploring his choice to remain closeted for so many years, the Grammy victor said, "I thought I would be disappointing [my fans] if they knew I was gay".

"I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay". "I wasn't ready to settle down", he stated, he wasn't ready for the marriage as he was too young.

Manilow also noted that he was touched by the positive support from his fans about his relationship, after news broke in 2015 that he and Kief had tied the knot. "He's the smartest person I've ever met in my life - and a great guy, too".

"I'm glad he stayed", said the singer of such hits as "Mandy" and "Can't Smile Without You".

Some of you may be surprised at this news; many of you will not be. "We're in great shape, and I was very grateful for that response".

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