Barry Manilow on marriage to Garry Kief: 'I'm proud of it'

Posted April 07, 2017

Barry Manilow has released several songs about love and its undying power.

Manilow said he has always tried to keep his personal and public lives separate.

The 73-year-old music legend married his longtime manager, Gary Kief, in a 2014 ceremony at their home in Palm Springs, California.

In the feature on the "Copacabana" singer, Barry chats about his 39-year relationship with Garry, who was a TV exec when the pair met but is now Barry's manager and the president of Barry Manilow Productions.

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According to Barry Manilow, he was not yet struggling with his sexuality when he married his high school sweetheart, Susan Deixler.

Manilow was scheduled to perform in Israel previous year, but abruptly cancelled the show due to what his publicist said was an overflowing schedule of worldwide artists performing in Israel.

"I knew that this was it", Barry revealed.

"I have not read one negative response", Manilow told Entertainment Tonight of the reaction he's received from fans ever since news broke in 2015 that he had secretly tied the knot with Kief.

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Although Manilow had a short marriage to a woman in the 1970s, he says of meeting Kief: "I knew that this was it", adding, "I was one of the lucky ones". "I was too young". I was pretty lonely before that.

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"I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. The image comes in first, and then if they stay long enough they get to know, 'Oh, he is a person behind that image that you might like.' And I think I've lost some really great possible friends because fame, it got in the way".

Manilow met Kief in 1978, just after his pop-rock career had taken off. "My story is out and I look forward to many more years of sharing my music", he tweeted. "I am so private".

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