"I thought I would certainly be disappointed if castle knew i was gay, therefore I never did anything," he says.

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Barry Manilow is finally opening up around his 40-year connection with manager Garry Kief.

Manilow has actually not speak previously around his sexuality, also though it was extensively reported in 2015 that he had married Kief the year before.

“I thought I would certainly be disappointing if lock knew ns was gay, so I never did anything,” he told People.

But their reaction was not as that expected. “When they discovered out the Garry and also I to be together, they were so happy,” he said. “The reaction was so beautiful — strangers commenting, ‘Great because that you!’ I’m just so grateful for it.”

Manilow and Kief to be married in 2014 in a personal ceremony at their Palm Springs home in a ceremony the was therefore secret, news of the nuptials didn’t surface ar until a year later.

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The two started dating nearly 40 year ago, after Manilow score hits v songs like “Mandy,” “Copacabana (At the Copa)” and also “Looks choose We do It.” castle met in 1978, and Kief came to be Manilow’s manager.

“I knew that this to be it. I was one of the happy ones. I was pretty lonely before that,” Manilow said, adding that Kief is “the smartest person I’ve ever before met in mine life — and also a great guy, too.”

Kief is still the singer’s manager and likewise serves together president the Barry Manilow Productions.

Manilow was formerly married to high school sweetheart Susan Deixler for one year, but says it wasn’t his struggles with his sexuality that resulted in their separation.

“I remained in love through Susan,” he said. “I was the end making music every night, sowing mine wild oats — i was as well young. Ns wasn’t prepared to resolve down.”

While numerous on Twitter weren’t surprised around Manilow’s sexuality, he to be applauded for opening up around it.

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My mommy raised me well. She elevated me come adore u
BarryManilow! dazzling to add my own admiration today. Thank u for #ComingOUT 2 the world!

— Dustin Lance black (
DLanceBlack) April 5, 2017

Good for you,
barrymanilow.Great guy.Didn’t also wince when I sang & dad-danced to Can’t laugh Without You.. Https://t.co/Yjh0nNUmHD

— Piers Morgan (
piersmorgan) April 5, 2017

Lot of human being seem yes, really proud of themselves for announcing they “already knew” Barry Manilow was gay. Yeah……ur the true heroes today guys.