Barry Manilow has come out as gay, nearly 40 years after striking up a relationship with his male manager.
Singer-songwriter, Barry Manilow has come out as gay at the age of 73, two years after it was reported that he married his longtime partner, Garry. The pair reportedly married in 2014, in Palm Springs, however, at the time, the “Mandy” singer’s publicist refused to answer speculation on the reports.
The singer, who made his name along with Bette Midler in the gay bathhouses of New York City, has never spoken about his sexuality before, but he did tell The Daily Telegraph in 2012, that he wasn’t dating anyone and that he was happily single, despite the fact he was actually with his boyfriend manager.
It seems as though he’s actually been with his partner for nearly 40 years after they met in 1978, whom he describes as “the smartest person” he’s ever met and “a great guy”. Garry is also Barry’s manager.
He said that he kept his sexuality secret for so many years for fear of disappointing his fans, although as the People Magazine article notes, it was an “open secret to some in his long-devoted, mostly female fan base”.
Anyway, THEGAYUK wishes Barry a Happy Coming Out day!