At 73, Barry Manilow comes out of closet

Barry Manilow has always kept his private life private.

In the feature on the "Copacabana" singer, Barry chats about his 39-year relationship with Garry, who was a TV exec when the pair met but is now Barry's manager and the president of Barry Manilow Productions.

The Brooklyn native was briefly married to a woman he dated in high school, although he said in the interview that the relationship failed because he was too young to settle down, not because of his questions about his sexuality.

"I think I could have made friends with a lot of people, but that fame thing got in the way", Manilow mused. I knew that this was it. The star maintains he wasn't struggling with his sexuality at the time of their one-year matrimony. "So I never did anything", Manilow told People in an interview released on Wednesday. I was pretty lonely before that ...

Barry Manilow has spoken publicly for the first time about being gay, saying he feared he would disappoint his mostly female fan base had he come out decades ago.

"When they found out that Garry and I were together, they (the fans) were so happy".

Extremely private about his personal life, Manilow married Kief in 2014, but never announced the news. "We're in great shape, and I was very grateful for that response".

Take a look at the video below for more on Barry Manilow and his relationship with husband Garry Kief.

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

Manilow gave the interviews while promoting his upcoming album This Is My Town: Songs of NY and a limited series of U.S. concerts.

Recalling the aftermath of one of his concerts early in their relationship, Barry said: "I got into the auto with him, and [the fans] were rocking the vehicle".

  • Marlene Weaver