UPDATE: Barry’s secret gay nuptial has been anonymously verified in People Magazine. Congrats to the happy grooms.
It’s been long rumored that Barry Manilow’s manager Garry Kief is a bit more than an employee (ahem) — it was even mentioned in Variety as far back as 2009 when the two maybe-or-maybe-not sold their Malibu beach house.
But the ever-diligent folks over at the National Enquirer have upped the ante by reporting the two recently got married in a hush-hush ceremony at their multi-million dollar Palm Springs love nest.
According to NE, fifty of the duo’s closest friends and family members were invited to their estate under the guise of a luncheon, and only found out it was a wedding once they arrived (hope they dressed properly).
“It was a total surprise. When they arrived they were told it was a wedding!” a source close to Manilow reportedly told NE.
“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,” the guest continued. “It was a beautiful wedding and consummated their lifelong love affair!”
Notably, friend and Palm Springs neighbor Suzanne Somers acted as ‘Best man,’ and Marc Hulett — Barry’s assistant since the ’80s — performed the commitment ceremony.
The Enquirer notes that the couple didn’t actually file the paperwork, though, fearing the news would find its way out.
“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,” the same source reportedly said. “They would be happy for him!”
We sure would, Barry. We sure would.