Barry Manilow says he kept his sexuality secret for ‘fans’

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OSLO, NORWAY - DECEMBER 11: Barry Manilow performs during the Nobel Peace Prize Concert at Oslo Spektrum on December 11, 2010 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Sandy Young/ Getty Images for Nobel Peace Prize Concert)

NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Manilow tells 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 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.”

“I’m glad he stayed,” said the singer of such hits as “Mandy” and “Can’t Smile Without You.”

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