Her name is Lola……
Barry Manilow married his longtime manager Garry Kief in a secret ceremony last year, it has been revealed.
The Copacabana singer, 71, who has not publicly addressed his sexuality, wed at his Palm Springs home in California in front of around 50 guests, the National Enquirer reports.
‘It was a total surprise,’ a friend tells the publication.
A source told People that the small group had only been told they were attending a luncheon.
People quotes a source close to the entertainer who said that Barry and Garry ‘are committed to one another and have been for a very long time.’
‘They have a great relationship. Garry has always been there for Barry.’
So far, there’s been no official word from Barry or his representatives on the subject.
Barry was discovered first by Bette Midler who hired him in 1971 to accompany her on the piano and serve as her musical director.
A couple of years later, under Clive Davis’s new label Arista Records, his second album Barry Manilow II, that featured Mandy, One Voice and This One’s For You, catapulted him to international fame.
During the 1970s and early 1980s, he enjoyed phenomenal success with sell-out concerts and high-rated TV specials and his song Copacabana was used as the basis for a musical.
His early 80’s hits included The Old Songs, I Made It Through The Rain and Read ‘Em And Weep.
He has continued to release new albums and has had two hugely successful Las Vegas residencies in the last few years.
He is currently touring the U.S. with his Manilow – One Last Time! show.