Barry Manilow says coming out as gay sooner would have killed his career

Barry Manilow says coming out as gay sooner would have killed his careerBarry Manilow says coming out as gay sooner would have killed his career
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Two years after confirming that he is gay, Manilow opened up about his joy at being able to call Garry Kief, the man he fell for in 1978 and married in 2014, his husband, reports


Manilow, 75, said: "It's absolutely wonderful. I went through many, many years when I couldn't do that. It would have killed my career. Immediately."


In the years between starting a relationship with Kief, also his manager, and introducing him to the world as his husband, Manilow did all he could to hide his sexuality.


"As soon as the word got out my career would have been over. It was stupid then but it was true. Everybody knew it, we had to watch out for making a mistake. Not that everybody didn't know, people are very smart.


"I thought I wasn't hiding anything, but I was also not publicising it. If I publicised it, especially in the 70s and 80s - no way. When I started, I knew I was gay, I had a hit record and I was on the cover of Teen Beat magazine. Now what do I do? I guess it became OK a couple of years ago," Manilow added.


Since he came out to People magazine in 2017, he said the reaction of his fans has been positive, with "not one note" of negativity.


He met Kief, then a TV executive, in 1978 and "knew that was it" from the start. They married in April 2014 in a low-key, private ceremony.


Manilow also credits Kief with rescuing him from a desperate financial situation.


The National Enquirer article in April 2015 about Barry Manilow and Garry Kief and the People article in April 2017 both mentioned that there was a "commitment ceremony" in 2014, and a legally recognized ceremony would follow. However, there has been no legally recognized ceremony as Marriage Licenses are a matter of public record. Also, same sex marriage has been legal in all 50 states since June 2015.

I don't know why Barry would think his fans are stupid enough to believe this story! First of all, the timeline he was with his former girlfriend, Linda Allen, (20 years) and the timeline Barry says he has been with Garry Kief (40 years) completely contradict each other. Secondly, does Barry think his fans forgot A Linda Song on the Even Now album, the Linda and Bagel chapter in his book "Sweet Life: Adventures on the Way to Paradise" or all the years Linda Allen's name was on the liner notes of his albums? Also, Garry Kief was married to his daughter's Mom, Jane Kief, until she passeds away in 2005. In fact, public records show Garry and Jane Kief were married on August 22, 1971, and their daughter was born almost exactly five years later in August 1976. Public records also show no divorce papers were filed by Garry or Jane Kief. Then there is the timing of the People article coming right before the release of the " This Is My Town: Songs of New York" album. I don't think that is just coincidental. Therefore, when you put all these facts and information together it is more than enough to add up to reasonable doubt. Barry is a brilliant musician, but this story just doesn't add up!

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