Though the couple chose to keep the wedding completely private and did not sign any official paperwork, Manilow and Kief both wear wedding bands and "are committed to one another and have been for a very long time," a Manilow source says. "They have a great relationship. Garry has always been there for Barry."
Garry Kief, Barry Manilow, Michael Feinstein, Terrence Flannery
News of the nuptials may come as a surprise to some Manilow fans, but the source says the "Copacabana" singer has never tried to hide his sexual orientation. "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," the source says. "He's in love and happy."
"Barry has lived a very secretive life and the wedding was no different! Barry and Garry did not tell friends or family that the occasion was their wedding," the insider explained. "It was a beautiful wedding and consummated their lifelong love affair!" But the happy duo did not file the paperwork to formalize their union out of fear the big news would leak, sources said.
"Barry is paranoid that his fans would not approve of him being gay, when in reality, many have suspected it for years – and most wouldn't care," the source said. "They would be happy for him!"
Barry Manilow and "Best Man" Suzanne Somers
Longtime friend and Palm Springs neighbor Suzanne Somers was the best man, and Marc Hulett – Barry's assistant since the 1980s – performed the "commitment ceremony" after he registered online to become a minister. Gary, 66, who was also married to a woman and has a daughter, reportedly left his wife to be with Barry.