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Barry Manilow says coming out as gay is ‘a beautiful experience’

May 11, 2017 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Veteran singer Barry Manilow said coming out publicly about being gay was a “beautiful experience,” as he was honored for his long-standing career in the music industry. Manilow, 73, spoke about being gay for the first time last month, saying that he feared he would have disappointed his mostly female fan base had he come out decades ago. “I didn’t know what was going to happen … but I should have known better because my fans, and frankly the public, they care about…

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Barry Manilow feared disappointing fans by coming out as gay

April 5, 2017 NEW YORK (Reuters) – Barry Manilow has spoken publicly for the first time about being gay, saying he feared he would disappoint his mostly female fan base had he come out decades ago. The “Can’t Smile Without You” singer, now 73, talked with People magazine and Entertainment Tonight about his previously secret, almost 40-year romance with husband Garry Kief. “I thought I would be disappointing them (fans) if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything,” Manilow told People in an interview released on Wednesday….

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