Barry Manilow is trending on Twitter, but don’t worry folks, he is alive and well.
Earlier today, pop icon Barry Manilow, 73, confirmed via PEOPLE magazine that he is indeed a happily gay, and very married man. According to Barry, he’s been with his manager husband, Garry Kief, for nearly four whole decades, but chose to keep the romance private out of fear of disappointing his fans:
“I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything.”
The only thing is, the fanilows already knew about Mr. Manilow:
Earlier today, Barry Manilow came out as gay, in a related story, Samuel L Jackson has also announced he's black. #NewsToday
— Mark Marino (@oddcastic) April 5, 2017
Barry Manilow – Who dear? Him dear? Gay dear? No dear. pic.twitter.com/hFEQVZZ94g
— Moonraker (@CombeGibbet) April 5, 2017
"Barry Manilow" Honey We Knew ❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/n5boESgX0H
— =^.^= Kare =^.^= (@Kare_P) April 5, 2017
"Barry Manilow, huh? Wait 'til they learn I'm black and you're catholic" pic.twitter.com/9usKcuHZ9t
— Keith Burge (@carryonkeith) April 5, 2017
— Q. Allan Brocka (@allanbrocka) April 5, 2017
— Isabella Cigno (@IsabellaCigno) April 5, 2017
"Barry Manilow" We knew,We never cared ,we loved you and your music.
— Darlene Taylor (@Bangelnuts) April 5, 2017
— Fred Wimpy (@fredwimpy) April 5, 2017
Barry Manilow came out, and … ?????? pic.twitter.com/6ul7Jo8UEf
— Fagsy Malone (@FagsyMalone) April 5, 2017
Almost makes you think if Barry’s decision to lay low about his lover of 39 years was worth the headache. Then again, timing is everything, and as one fan put it:
You guys. Barry Manilow is on the cover of PEOPLE. Bette Midler is leading a Broadway musical. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.
— Dave Quinn (@NineDaves) April 5, 2017
These are the times, indeed!
Homosexuality has been a stigma in Hollywood for years. Check out this discussion on Hip Hop and homosexuality below: