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Barry Manilow says coming out as gay ‘wasn’t news’ to his fans

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The iconic performer suggests that his following always knew that he is gay.

Barry Manilow may have come out publicly aged 73 earlier this month, but he’s asserted that he isn’t “uncomfortable” talking about his sexuality after being with his partner Garry Kief for almost 40 years.

“It’s been great. It’s no news to me and no news to everyone around me,” Barry told the TODAY show yesterday.

“Family, friends, band — I think even fans. I don’t think it was news at all. But the Enquirer caught us getting married, so we were stuck. So we let People magazine come on in.”

Barry added: “You know, I’m a private guy, I’m a musician. Yes fame hit me but I never really wanted to go on that ride. I kept my dogs to myself, I kept my home to myself, so this part is uncomfortable.

“But the topic? No I’m not uncomfortable about that. Garry and I have been together for going on 40 years. It’s amazing for anybody.”

Barry married his long-time partner at their 53-acre Palm Springs estate back in April 2014, and it was the following year that news of their marriage and his sexuality made headlines.

But Barry still remained silent about his sexuality in the press for a little while longer.

“I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything,” he said of his fans to People magazine.

“When they 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.”

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