Barry Manilow marries his manager in gay wedding
Barry Manilow has reportedly got married - and is hoping his 'coming out' won't shock his fans.
The 'Copacabana' hitmaker reportedly wed his long-time manager Garry Kief in a secret ceremony last April, although details of the mystery occasion have only just been released.
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.
The source said: "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.
"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 Barry'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 71-year-old star nervous about how his fans would react to his sexuality.
The source added: "Barry is paranoid that his fans would not approve of him being gay, when in reality, many have suspected it for years -- and most wouldn't care.
"They would be happy for him!"
The 'Mandy' singer married Susan Deixler in 1964 but filed for divorce less than a year later.
Although Barry and Garry have reportedly been together for 30 years, he said in 2012 he was "happily single".