According to multiple sources, Barry Manilow married his long term boyfriend, Garry Kief, in a secret and private ceremony attended by just 20 to 30 guests in their Palm Springs mansion last year.
The couple’s guests were not told they were being invited to a wedding, instead were asked to join Barry and Garry for “lunch”. Suzanne Somers was the best man at the ceremony, while Barry’s assistant, Marc Hulett, presided over the event after registering online to become a minster.
The National Enquirer reports that the couple didn’t file paperwork to formalise their marriage over fears that details of their wedding would leak out.
The 71-year-old singer, famous for hits such as Mandy and Copacabana, worried news of his wedding might upset his female fans. Barry Manilow’s previous marriage to Susan Deixler (who had been his high school love) back in the 1960’s lasted just a few years.
A source said “Barry has lived a very secretive life and the wedding was no different.”
“He’s at a place now where he’s got his career and personal life in a great place and he really doesn’t care what people think,” a source stated. He’s in love and happy.”
Despite the couple not signing any paperwork, they are wearing wedding bands and are reported to be deeply “committed to each other,” said a source. “They have a great relationship. Garry has always been there for Barry.”
Garry Keif might be closest with Manilow, but his husband is certainly not his only client. Keif has been the manager to variety of artists, including Lorna Luft and Matt Dusk, and clocked up over 21 producer credits, eight of which are for Barry Manilow specials, but also others such as Halloween Tricked Out and Treehouse Masters.
Unfortunately for fans of Barry, this will likely be his final tour, telling Billboard early this year “it doesn’t mean I’m retiring or anything. I’ll do shows and I’ll promote albums if I make any more, but no more big tours.
“That’s it. It’s too much packing. It’s 40 years, more than that, really, of packing and waiting for room service. People think it’s glamorous, but glamorous is the last word I would use for this job. You don’t see anything, you see the inside of your hotel room.”
Barry started his career accompanying Bette Midler at the Continental Baths in New York City, check out the video below with Manilow playing the piano!