American singer-songwriter Barry Manilow has said that his career “would have been over” if he came out as gay during the golden years of his fame – late 70s – early 80s. Manilow—who came out as gay in a 2017 interview with People magazine—told the Daily Mirror that if he had done it before it would be a creative suicide, however stupid it may sound from the current perspective, by then it was a reality. “Everybody knew [I was gay], we had to watch out for making a mistake. Not that everybody didn’t know, people are very smart,” Manilow said, “ I thought I wasn’t hiding anything, but I was also not publicizing it. If I publicized it, especially in the 70s and 80s—no way.”The singer added that 2017 was a perfect time to come out as the majority of people were supportive. “I knew they would be OK with it. All they ever cared about was my happiness. I think they were thrilled I had someone in my life like [my husband] Garry,” the singer also said.