Jewish singer Barry Manilow and his longtime manager Garry Kief tied the knot last year in a private ceremony, multiple sources confirmed to People magazine.
“It was a surprise,” a friend of the couple says of the wedding, which was held at Manilow’s Palm Springs, California, home and attended by “20 to 30 guests” who had been told they were attending a “lunch.”
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.”
Manilow was born as Barry Alan Pincus in Brooklyn, New York, as the son of Edna Manilow and Harold Pincus. His mother’s family was Jewish, while his father, whose original surname was Keliher, was born of Irish-American and distant Jewish descent. Barry adopted his mother’s maiden name, Manilow, at the time of his bar mitzvah.