Barry Manilow appeared on The Talk this week, one month after he came out as gay aged 73. He was together with his manager Garry Kief for 40 years and 2 years ago the two married. He appeared on The Talk this week for the first time after coming out, chatting to out panellist Sara Gilbert and gay icon Sharon Osbourne who previously revealed of regretting that she had never had sexual experience with women.
Gilbert said: “I want to talk about last month, when you bravely opened up to People Magazine about being gay and married to your long-time partner.” After the audience cheers, Gilbert asked: “How is it to get that reaction and support?” Barry responded that times have changed enough for people to be supportive and he expected nothing else from his fans who want him to be happy. Osborne said: “You are an American icon… you are beloved.” and the singer added that the whole his career is a balance between being beloved and behated. In a separate interview with Lorraine Kelly, Manilow said the attention he’s received is “creepy”. He said: “It’s been creepy, but you know, who cares? It doesn’t bother me. I still have my private life, but I am in the public eye no matter what I say. When I come home, I close the door and you can’t come in unless I invite you in. I don’t like people knowing what the names of my dogs are, I don’t like people knowing where I live. I’ve kept that to myself for all these years.”