Pop icon Barry Manilow comes out as gay at 73

  • Pop legend Barry Manilow came out of the closet and admitted he is gay at age 73
  • He married his long-time partner Gerry Kief in 2014
  • Manilow skyrocketed to fame in 1974 with his song “Mandy”

Pop music legend Barry Manilow announced to the world on Wednesday, April 5, that he is gay.

In an interview with People Magazine at his home in Palm Springs, Manilow, who was catapulted to superstardom in 1974 via his pop-rock ballad “Mandy,” said he feared his fans would be disappointed if they knew he was gay, so he kept it a secret for almost four decades, although some of his fans and close friends knew about his sexuality.

“I’m so private. I always have been. I thought I would be disappointing them (fans) if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything,” Manilow said.

Manilow met his husband and manager, Garry Kief, in 1978. They were married in a private ceremony at their Palm Springs estate in 2014.

“I knew that this was it. I was one of the lucky ones. I was pretty lonely before that,” he said of his meeting Kief.

Manilow was briefly married to his high school sweetheart Susan Deixler, but their relationship failed after one year because he said he was too young and not ready to settle down. At that time, he said, he was not struggling with his sexuality.