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Old 04-05-2017, 05:29 PM
 
Location: SC
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He didn't for years because he was afraid his fans would be disappointed.

Barry Manilow Comes Out As Gay At Age 73 | The Huffington Post

This is kinda weird news... Where there any fans who didn't already know or suspect he was gay (To quite Seinfeld: "Not that there is anything wrong with that!")

Personally, I don't think that anyone who likes his music would have cared - even back when he was on top of the charts.
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Old 04-05-2017, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Denver area
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I seriously doubt anyone is shocked by this.

The height of his popularity was in the 70s and his audience was mainly women. It was a different time. I'm glad he finally felt able to be open.
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Old 04-05-2017, 05:58 PM
 
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I thought that happened at least a decade ago. No one could have been shocked by this.
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Old 04-05-2017, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Surprise, surprise...not.
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Old 04-05-2017, 07:39 PM
 
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.....and to think he married another guy back on 2015. I doubt anyone would be shocked by this.
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Old 04-05-2017, 07:57 PM
 
Location: San Gabriel Valley
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He got his start playing the Continental Baths as pianist for Bette Midler in 1970. It is entirely possible that no non-gay man ever set foot in there, except maybe Dick Gregory. So, yeah, I think a lot of people have known for a very long time.

Manilow's core audience changed from the gay bath house crowd to the mostly east-coast middle-aged housewife crowd by the time of his first hit, and I reckon he is probably right; as obvious as his being gay may seem to most people now, in the 70's, it was still edgy to come out. It almost ruined Elton John's career. And east coast middle aged housewives of the 70's were not famous for embracing anything edgy.

I'm not a Manilow fan myself, but I really don't care about the sexual preferences of the entertainer (frankly, most singers and musicians have weird ones). A love song is a love song; unless it names the object of attention or gets really specific about gender, it usually can suit anyone.
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Old 04-05-2017, 08:56 PM
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Location: Where the last of the "Big 3" has retired. Spurs country.
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Why did I know for years that he was gay? How did I know he was gay? I mean this seriously, this news that he just now came out is surprising to me. I thought he was out eons ago.
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Old 04-06-2017, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Brackenwood
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Barry Manilow Came out...
WHAT??? NO WAY!!!!!

I just... I... my world is shattered! And just when I was getting back on my feet from learning Anderson Cooper is gay! We just can't count on our manly men to show us the way any more....
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Old 04-06-2017, 06:44 AM
 
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In other news -


Fire is hot.
Ice is cold.
Pope is Catholic.
Ursine creatures defecate in wilderness.
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Old 04-06-2017, 06:48 AM
 
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At this point he looks more like a woman with all that face work!

Not a fan musically but glad he is happy!
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