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Barry Manilow feared coming out to his fans

Barry Manilow officially comes out to the public.
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For decades, many have wondered about the private life of iconic singer Barry Manilow and today they may get their answers in a new article published by People Magazine.

Manilow, 75, is a pop music legend who in the 70’s and 80’s had many number one hits such as “Mandy,” I Write the Songs,” and “I Made it Through the Rain.”

The extremely private ballad singer invited People Magazine into his Palm Springs home to speak about his marriage to manager Garry Kief, something he has never talked about before now.

“I’m so private. I always have been,” he told People.

Manilow married Susan Diexler for a year after he graduated high school. The singer says he didn’t really have time to concentrate on his sexual orientation at the time because he was too busy making a career for himself.

“I was in love with Susan. I just was not ready for marriage,” the star told People. “I was out making music every night, sowing my wild oats — I was too young. I wasn’t ready to settle down.”

It wasn’t until 1974 when Manilow met Kiev that he found a true life partner.

“I knew that this was it,” says Manilow. “I was one of the lucky ones. I was pretty lonely before that.”

The couple have been together for 39 years and have held on to their secret for that long.

In 2014 the couple married in Palm Springs. The story made headlines. Word got out about the ceremony, but Manilow never confirmed or denied the story. 

“I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything,” says Manilow. However, “When they 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.”

You can read the full People article HERE.