Suzanne Somers Confirms Barry Manilow's Marriage, Says It Was 'Freeing' for Him

by Jackie Willis 11:15 AM PDT, April 17, 2015
Playing Suzanne Somers Confirms Barry Manilow's Marriage, Says It Was 'Freeing' for Him

Suzanne Somers was careful not to give too much away about her friend Barry Manilow's wedding, but she did spill a few details about the newlywed while on Thursday's Watch What Happens Live.

The former Dancing with the Stars contestant confirmed that Manilow married his manager and longtime partner Garry Kief. She said the two have been together a little over 30 years.

PHOTOS: 14 Celebs Who Had Secret Weddings

Host Andy Cohen seemed taken aback at how long Manilow and Kief had been together without ever officially going public about their relationship. "It's wild," he said, commenting on the recent wedding. "He never formally came out and said it. It's something everybody knew. It’s wonderful he’s been with his partner for 30 years."

A caller into the show just came out and asked if the 71-year-old music legend was a "bridezilla" on his big day. The 68-year-old actress responded, "They're married and really happy, and I was there when it was announced."

VIDEO: 'DWTS' Contestant Suzanne Somers on Sex at 68 -- I Don't Miss a Day

Somers said the nuptials were good for her friend. "I think it's freeing for him," she told Cohen. "He's extremely private, extremely. I think it was very difficult, and it's very difficult for me to talk about, so I want to do it with complete respect and love."

She further doted on Manilow, "He's an awesome person, they're both awesome people, they're my dearest friends." 

Check out ET's interview with Somers about her terrifying misdiagnosis.