After a nearly 40-year romance, Barry Manilow is finally dishing on his relationship with his husband, Garry Kief!
In a new interview, the 73-year-old music icon opened up about his life now and candidly revealed why he hid his sexuality from the public for so many years.
"I thought I would be disappointing [my fans] if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything," Barry recently told People. "I’m so private. I always have been."
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The "Copacabana" singer first began his showbiz career in the early 1960s writing advertising jingles for companies including State Farm Insurance and Band-Aid. In 1971, Barry produced Bette Midler's first two albums and rose to mega-fame just three years later with his debut hit, "Mandy."
Barry and his husband, Garry, in February 2016. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Before his days as a music legend, Barry tied the knot with his high school sweetheart, Susan Deixler, but he annulled the marriage after just one year. "I was in love with Susan, I just was not ready for marriage," he said of their union. "I was out making music every night, sowing my wild oats — I was too young. I wasn’t ready to settle down."
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Years later, Barry found love again with TV executive Garry — who later became the singer's manager — in 1978. "He’s the smartest person I’ve ever met in my life — and a great guy, too," Barry said.
"[When we met], I knew that this was it," he continued. "I was one of the lucky ones. I was pretty lonely before that."
Garry and Barry in February 2016. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Though the couple have now been an item for 39 years, Barry admitted their relationship hasn't always been easy due to his success in the music industry. "I [once] got into the car with him, and [my fans] were rocking the car. He was like, 'I can’t handle this. It’s not for me.' I’m glad he stayed," Barry said.
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After hiding their romance for nearly four decades, Barry and Garry secretly tied the knot in April 2014 after same-sex marriage became legal. Months later, their union made headlines, a moment which Barry recalled as being both "a blessing and a curse."
"When [my fans] 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 said.
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