John M. Becker

Barry Manilow Married Longtime Partner Last Year

Filed By John M. Becker | April 09, 2015 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Barry Manilow, gay marriage, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, wedding, wedding bells

barry-manilow-2015.jpgBarry Manilow has been setting off people's gaydar and contending with rumors about his sexual orientation for awhile now, but People magazine now says they've confirmed an earlier report from the National Enquirer that the singer-songwriter married his longtime manager Garry Kief last year at a private ceremony in Palm Springs.

"It was a surprise," a friend of the couple says of the wedding, which was held at Manilow's Palm Springs, California, home and attended by "20 to 30 guests" who had been told they were attending a "lunch."

Though the couple chose to keep the wedding completely private and did not sign any official paperwork, Manilow and Kief both wear wedding bands and "are committed to one another and have been for a very long time," a Manilow source says. "They have a great relationship. Garry has always been there for Barry."

The magazine did not elaborate on exactly how Mr. Manilow and Mr. Kief were able to legally marry without signing any "official paperwork." The report continues:

News of the nuptials may come as a surprise to some Manilow fans, but the source says the "Copacabana" singer has never tried to hide his sexual orientation. "He's at a point now where he's got his career and personal life in a great place and he really doesn't care what people think," the source says. "He's in love and happy."

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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