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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: Barry Manilow performs at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on June 17, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Manilow tells People magazine that he hid being gay for decades because he thought he would be “disappointing fans if they knew.”

The 73-year-old music legend married his longtime manager, Gary Kief, in a 2014 ceremony at their home in Palm Springs, California. Manilow tells the magazine’s April 17 issue that keeping their romance out of the media was stressful.

Manilow, who has a new album this month, “This Is My Town: Songs of New York,” said he has always tried to keep his personal and public lives separate. Last year, he was nominated for a Grammy.

“When I met Gary, that was even more of a reason to keep my life private.”
“I’m glad he stayed,” said the singer of such hits as “Mandy” and “Can’t Smile Without You.”

Manilow played KeyArena in 2015.