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Barry Manilow comes out as gay at age 73

Much loved singer Barry Manilow has come out as gay, at the age of 73.

The star, known for classic songs such as Mandy and Copacabana, revealed his sexuality in a new interview.

The pop icon opened up to People Magazine in an exclusive interview and photo shoot with his manager and husband Garry Kief – and spoke for the first time about their 39 year romance:

“I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything,” he told People.

The couple met in 1978, and Barry said of their meeting: “I knew that this was it. I was one of the lucky ones. I was pretty lonely before that.”

He and Garry married in a quiet ceremony on their 53-acre Palm Springs estate in 2014.

But, he revealed that his fears of prejudice were unwarranted. “When [the fans] found out that Garry and I were together, they were so happy. The reaction was so beautiful – strangers commenting, ‘Great for you!’ I’m just so grateful for it.”

The icon was briefly married to Susan Deixler while he was a student at the New York College of Music. The pair married after he graduated from high school and he said he was ” just was not ready for marriage”, although he wasn’t struggling with his sexuality at the time.

We’e delighted to see him happy…….

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