NEW YORK: American singer-songwriter Barry Manilow, 73, has spoken publicly about being gay on Wednesday, after a nearly 40-year same-sex relationship with his manager.
Admitting publicly for the first time about his sexuality, he told People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight he feared he would disappoint fans had he come out decades ago.
“I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything,” Manilow told People magazine.
Also an arranger, musician and producer, Manilow’s career has spanned for over 50 years with strings of hit ballads such as “Can’t Smile Without You”, “Mandy”, “Somewhere Down the Road”, among others.
Manilow and his manager Garry Kief had been together for years before marrying in 2014 at Palm Springs, California.
“We’ve been together all these years. Everybody knows that we’re a team. Everybody that I know knows. So it never really dawned on me to say anything about it. I mean, I’m a very private guy,” Manilow told Entertainment Tonight.
In 2015, the marriage had made headlines but Manilow never commented nor confirmed on it.
In the interview, Manilow revealed the fans are supportive.
“When they found out that Garry and I were together, they (the fans) were so happy. The reaction was beautiful – strangers commenting ‘Great for you!’ I’m just so grateful for it,” Manilow said.
Barry Manilow has an upcoming album “This Is My Town: Songs of New York” and a limited series of concerts in the U.S.