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Barry Manilow Opens Up on Sexuality and Why He Did Not Come Out of The Open [VIDEO]

Update Date: Apr 10, 2017 11:39 AM EDT

The American singer-songwriter, Barry Manilow opens up on sexuality after years of being silent. The 73-year-old musician spoke for the first time for years about being gay.

"I Write the Songs," "Mandy," and "Copacabana" were just some of the top hits that Manilow performed. He said that he was afraid to come out of the closet and announce it publicly for the fear of disappointment from fans, the USA Today reports.

Manilow has been in a relationship with his business manager, Garry Kief, since 1978. They have been together for 40 years already and have been married for four years now since Kief and Manilow's wedding ceremony in April 2014 at their 53-acre Palm Springs estate, the People said in an interview with Manilow.

Barry Manilow opens up on sexuality after how many decades of being hidden in the closet. He said that some of his close families and friends already knew about it but the thought of announcing it to the public made him worried about disappointing fans.

When he finally told the public that he was gay, he said that the reactions were so beautiful. He also added that it was nice to read strangers commenting on how happy they were for him.

Before meeting Garry, Manilow was married to Susan Diexler, his high school sweetheart, but Manilow admitted that he was still too young to be wed at that time, that's why the marriage did not work.

When he was starting out in his career, he was very busy making a name for himself and writing songs that people would remember; and that, he said, made him realize that he was not yet ready to settle down.

Though speculations about his private life were tossed in the wind every now and then, he said that he never did anything to address those speculations -- not until now.

His latest album, "This is My Town: Songs of New York" is ready for debut. He will make a series of live performances to promote the said album.

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