The Internet has been in a tizzy all morning over news that singer Barry Manilow is a homosexual.
Speaking to People, the iconic “Copacabana” crooner finally opened up about his relationship with husband/manager Garry Kief, confessing to the publication that thought he “would be disappointing [my fans] if they knew I was gay.”
It’s the first time 73-year-old Manilow has spoken publicly about his sexuality, and it’s sparked quite a response in people.
Check out how folks have been responding to the news…
Barry Manilow comes out as gay with his manager after a secret relationship of nearly 40 years. I can't keep a secret for 40 seconds.
— Dustin (@NutritionTrain) April 5, 2017
Barry manilow coming out as gay is like yogi bear saying he loves picnic baskets.
— im here all week (@wayne_robb) April 5, 2017
Steve Bannon and Barry Manilow are both out, what a time to be alive
— Lesley! (@vanetti) April 5, 2017
All this time I thought Barry Manilow was a lesbian.
— Michelle Wolf (@michelleisawolf) April 5, 2017
Barry Manilow coming out as gay has given me the strength and courage to come out as an African-American.
— King Natles (@natnatles) April 5, 2017
Barry Manilow announces he's gay
In similar news, Chris Christie says he loves cake.
— Paul Lander (@paul_lander) April 5, 2017
When Barry Manilow is trending on Twitter and you freak out because you think he's dead but then you're like "Oh, good he's just gay" #MANdy
— Logan Barer (@LBarer32) April 5, 2017
Eagerly awaiting Barry Manilow's next press release in which he announces he's had a bit of plastic surgery.
— Andrew Brazier (@andrewbrazier) April 5, 2017
I don't think I ever thought Barry Manilow was straight. The only shocking thing about this story is that others did.
— V (@CaveDweller8) April 5, 2017
Barry Manilow came out as gay. In other news that everyone already knew, I am Luke Skywalker's father
— Darth Vader (@DepressedDarth) April 5, 2017
Of course, there were some more serious responses, too…
It's not shocking that Barry Manilow came out.
It's just sad we live in a society where you have to come out and not be who you are.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 5, 2017
"Barry Manilow" being gay – not a shock. Barry Manilow being in a relationsip for 40 years. Now that is fantastic news
— Anne Gillvray (@DoncasterLass) April 5, 2017
Saying "I always knew Barry Manilow was gay" is not the way to react to the bravery of someone coming out.
— Sean Kent (@seankent) April 5, 2017
Instead of making jokes or sly comments on Twitter, help create a world where Barry Manilow doesn't need to hide his true self.
— Momentus Beyondus (@eltbusglob) April 5, 2017
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 5, 2017
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