After 50 years in the entertainment industry, 73-year-old singer Barry Manilow has come out as gay.
According to People, the singer recently revealed that he’s struggled with his sexuality for years. Due to his private nature, and because he was worried fans be disappointed if he came out, he stayed in the closet.
However, he’s happily been in a relationship with his manager and husband, Garry Kief, for 40 years. Manilow said of Kief:
“He’s the smartest person I’ve ever met in my life — and a great guy, too.”
While his most devoted fans had already accepted Manilow’s sexuality as an open secret, for many others it’s been a big shock.
You can learn more about why he kept it hidden and how difficult it was for him right here.