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After Decades Barry Manilow Finally Reveals This Life-Long Secret

Barry Manilow, iconic singer-songwriter, spent seven decades in the closet, and is breathing a sigh of relief to finally be out. The 73-year-old performer says he hid his sexuality and his 39-year-long relationship with his partner because he was afraid of how his fans would react. Now that he's come clean, he's relieved and delighted by the outpouring of support.

"I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay," Manilow told People Magazine. "So I never did anything."

"I'm so private. I always have been," he says.

Manilow grew up in Brooklyn and married his high school sweet heart, but he spent much of his time away on the road. The two were divorced a year later; some reports say the marriage was annulled. Manilow says he did love his wife at the time and that his sexuality has nothing to do with them splitting up. He claims he was too focused on his career at the time and hadn’t been ready to settle down.

In 1978, he met Garry Kief, who became his manager. The two fell in love pretty quickly.

"I knew that this was it," Manilow said. "I was one of the lucky ones. I was pretty lonely before that."

Manilow's world-wide fame made Kief nervous, so the two kept their relationship discreet. For decades, they flew under the radar and pretended to have a business relationship only to all but their closest of confidants.

In 2014, Barry and Garry married in a secret ceremony, though Manilow says they've been living like a married couple for decades.

When the news broke in 2015 that Manilow was gay, he was worried at first. The reaction was not what he expected, however.

"When (fans) found out that Garry and I were together, they were so happy," Manilow said. "The reaction was so beautiful -- strangers commenting, 'Great for you!' I'm just so grateful for it."

Source: CNN
Photo: USA Today

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