Barry Manilow marries longtime manager Garry Kief
Barry and Garry did not tell friends or family that the occasion was their wedding.
Singer Barry Manilow has reportedly wed his long-time manager Garry Kief, ending years of speculation about his sexuality.
The 71-year-old ‘Copacabana’ hitmaker wed Kief in a secret ceremony last April, although details of the mystery occasion have only just been released, reported People magazine.
A source close to Manilow revealed the ceremony was also a shock for the 50 guests, who were invited for lunch at the couple’s multi-million dollar mansion in Palms Springs only to be surprised when the singer announced they would be marrying that day.
“It was a total surprise. When they arrived they were told it was a wedding! Barry has lived a very secretive life and the wedding was no different! Barry and Garry did not tell friends or family that the occasion was their wedding,” a source said.
“It was a beautiful wedding and consummated their lifelong love affair.” A friend of the couple, Suzanne Somers, was the best man at the ceremony, while Manilow’s assistant since the 1980s, Marc Hulett, performed the ‘commitment ceremony,’ after registering to become a minister online.
However, it is believed the couple chose not to file paperwork to formalise their marriage as they feared it would mean the news would leak, with the singing star nervous about how his fans would react to his sexuality.
The ‘Mandy’ singer married Susan Deixler in 1964 but filed for divorce less than a year later. Although Manilow and Kief have reportedly been together for 30 years, he said in 2012 he was ‘happily single’.
Source:: Indian Express