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Barry Manilow comes out but was afraid of disappointing fans

Barry Manilow comes out but was afraid of disappointing fans
Sadly, we still live in a world where people are afraid of being open about their sexuality. Singing legend Barry Manilow has only now felt able to come out as gay, aged 73, and talk about marriage to his long term partner Garry. 
 
Part of the reason was, according to an interview with People, the fact Manilow is naturally a very private person. But there’s another reason, a very worrying one, and that’s be was afraid of losing his fans. “I thought I would be disappointing [my fans] if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything. 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.”
 
Barry married in 2014, and he spoke about Garry: “I knew that this was it. 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”.
 

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