Barry Manilow gets married to longtime manager Garry Kief in surprise wedding

Barry Manilow gets married to longtime manager Garry Kief in surprise wedding

640px-BarryManilow-1Barry Manilow is a married man.

The 71-year-old singer, who had never publicly acknowledged being gay, wed his manager Garry Kief at a surprise ceremony at his Palm Springs home.

The couple had invited between 20-30 guests to a 'lunch' which turned out to be a surprise wedding, People.com reports.

'He's at a point 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 tells People. 'He's in love and happy.'

Manilow has been a music superstar for more than four decades. During that time, he has not denied being gay but he has not confirmed it or discussed it publicly at any time.

Manilow got his start as Bette Midler's piano player when she made her splash at the Continental Baths in New York City.

He's gone on to have a long string of hits including such songs as Mandy, I Write the Songs, Looks Like We Made It, I Made It Through the Rain, Can't Smile Without You, Tryin' to Get the Feeling, Weekend in New England and Copacabana.

Manilow is currently on what he is calling his farewell tour.

This has ben reposted from Gay Star News.