Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow has
confirmed reports that he married manager Garry Kief in 2014.
Manilow spoke for the first time
publicly about his sexuality in a PEOPLE cover story.
Manilow said that he met Kief in 1978,
about a dozen years after his one-year marriage to his high school
sweetheart Susan Deixler unraveled.
“I was in love with Susan,” Manilow
told PEOPLE. “I just was not ready for marriage.”
Kief, a former TV executive, is also
“I knew that this was it,” Manilow
said of meeting his future husband. “I was one of the lucky ones.
I was pretty lonely before that. … He's the smartest person I've
ever met in my life – and a great guy too.”
The National Enquirer, in 2015,
was first to report on Manilow's marriage to Kief, quoting a source
as saying that he left his wife to be with Manilow.
Manilow explained this week that he
kept quiet about his sexuality because he feared disappointing his
“I thought I would be disappointing
them if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything,” Manilow
said. “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.”
Manilow, 73, will release his 30th
studio album, This is My Town: Songs of New York, on April 21.