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Barry Manilow speaks about hiding his gay relationship for nearly 40 years

The entertainer was married to his long-time partner in 2014.

POP LEGEND BARRY Manilow has told People magazine that he hid being gay for decades because he thought he would be “disappointing fans if they knew.”

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

Manilow told the magazine that the pair have been together for 39 years and that it’s been stressful keeping their romance out of the media for so long.

Manilow, who has a new album out this month, 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.”

“I’m glad he stayed,” Manilow added.

The singer was previously married in the 1970s to his high-school sweetheart Susan Deixler. He told People that wasn’t struggling with his sexuality at the time but wasn’t ready for marriage either.

“I just was not ready for marriage. was out making music every night, sowing my wild oats. I was too young. I wasn’t ready to settle down.”

- With reporting by Rónán Duffy

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