Barry Manilow,73, comes out as gay

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The Jewish crooner told People magazine that he concealed his 39-year-relationship with his manager because he didn't want to upset his predominantly female audience. I was pretty lonely before that ... He had anxious that revealing his sexuality would disappoint fans.

While exploring his choice to remain closeted for so many years, the Grammy victor said, "I thought I would be disappointing [my fans] if they knew I was gay. I mean, I'm a very private guy", he said.

"I don't know, maybe they care about everybody, but for me, it is so moving, it is so deep that these strangers were so happy that I was happy", he said. "The reaction was so handsome - strangers commenting, 'Great for you!' I'm just so grateful for it".

The full interview will run in People's latest edition, published tomorrow, April 7th.

After being together for almost four decades, Barry Manilow is finally publicly opening up about his relationship with husband and manager Garry Kief for the first time.

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Manilow married his high school sweetheart, Susan Deixler, shortly after graduation.

Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow has revealed that he is gay and married to his manager.

"I'm glad he stayed", said the singer reflects.

"This is my life, we've been together for all these years". The star maintains he wasn't struggling with his sexuality at the time of their one-year matrimony. "I wasn't ready to settle down", he stated, he wasn't ready for the marriage as he was too young. Manilow, 73, has publicly come out as gay, confirming his 40-year romance with husband Garry Kief, and explaining why he kept his secret for so long.

Get loose and celebrate for old mate Baz, who is actually just about to drop a new album, This Is My Town: Songs Of New York, on 21 April.

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