Barry Manilow feared ‘disappointing’ fans if he came out as gay — but it looks like he made it

It’s not for me.'””I’m glad he stayed,” Manilow said. Manilow had managed to keep the April 2014 wedding so far off the radar it took more than a year for the media to get wind of it.The leak, he said, was both blessing and curse, given that he’d kept his private life so very private until then — even though his sexuality   was an open secret among his most loyal fans. Garry Kief, left, and Barry Manilow in February 2016. But he needn’t have worried about the public reaction. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)Barry Manilow, who for decades has kept his private and public lives separate, is opening up for the first time about his sexuality and his partner of 39 years, manager Garry Kief. Latest updates “When they found out that Garry and I were together, they were so happy,” Manilow said. All that time, the “Looks Like We Made It” pop star was thinking about his fans, he told People, which features him on its newest cover.”I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. “The reaction was so beautiful — strangers commenting, ‘Great for you!’   I’m just so grateful for it.”Incidentally, it was the behavior of his “Fanilows” that had the singer worried Kief would bolt after attending a Manilow concert long ago and experiencing what the star’s world entailed. But in 2015, news leaked that he and Kief   (who’s president of Barry Manilow Productions and Stiletto Entertainment) had gotten married in front of a few dozen   guests in a surprise ceremony at their Palm Springs estate. So I never did anything,”   the 73-year-old said. “I got into the car with him, and [the fans] were rocking the car,”   said the man behind “Mandy.” “He was like, ‘I can’t handle this.