NEW YORK — Barry Manilow tells People magazine that he hid being gay for decades because he thought he would be “disappointing fans if they knew,” the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
Manilow, 73, also revealed he married his longtime manager, Gary Kief, in a 2014 ceremony at their home in Palm Springs. Manilow tells the magazine’s April 17 issue that keeping their romance out of the media was stressful.
Manilow, who has a new album this month, “This Is My Town: Songs of New York,” said he has always tried to keep his personal and public lives separate.
“When I met Gary, that was even more of a reason to keep my life private,” Manilow told People.
“I’m glad he stayed,” said the singer of such hits as “Mandy” and “Can’t Smile Without You.”