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The news that Barry Manilow, the world's richest and most successful popular singer, has married his male manager, Garry Kief, at a secret wedding, may have stunned the legions of women who worship the 71-year-old icon's every move, but it is not likely to stop the traffic on Hollywood Boulevard.
For while many fans reacted on social media with broken-hearted shock — with one post reporting: 'my Mum can't stop crying about Barry' — there were many who had long suspected that, despite the star's decades of protestations to the contrary, the perma-tanned, disco-dancing smoothie was gay.
Many believe he had consistently declined to 'out' himself through fear of offending his middle-America, family-orientated fan base, who had financed his 40-year career — he now has around 100 million record sales to his credit.
He may well have been in denial himself: he has been linked to a series of high-profile ladies over the years, and was even married to a woman for a while (the marriage, in 1964, to his high school sweetheart Susan Deixler, was a fiasco that lasted just 18 months).
To a Canadian interviewer who once stammered: 'I was wondering if... As the major hits began to wind down, Manilow encountered a long succession of health problems.In 1982, he was bedridden in a Paris hotel with bronchial pneumonia, and was ordered by doctors to cancel a nine-concert European tour.Then, in 1986, he was rushed into hospital in agony.A tumour in the roof of his mouth had exploded and was believed to be cancerous.'I had to sign a statement saying that if they needed to remove half my mouth I would let them do it,' he said later.