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Did you know Barry Manilow had a brief marriage to his high school sweetheart?

Barry Manilow’s 2014 marriage to longtime manager Garry Kief was not his first trip down the aisle.

Roughly 50 years earlier, the 73-year-old singer married his high school sweetheart Susan Deixler.

Manilow was 21 and not yet a star during the 1964 marriage which lasted just one year.

But Manilow insists in the new issue of People Magazine that he was not struggling with his sexuality at the time.

‘I was in love with Susan. I just was not ready for marriage,’ he says. ‘I was out making music every night, sowing my wild oats – I was too young. I wasn’t ready to settle down.’

But he was ready to settle down by the time he met Kief in 1978.

He was famous of course by then with such hits as Mandy, I Write the Songs and Could It Be Magic.

He was also lonely.

‘I knew this was it,’ Manilow says. ‘I was one of the lucky ones.’

It helped that Kief was not really aware of how big a star Manilow was.

‘He was a guy, I was a guy, so we could deal with each other like two normal people – not like a superstar and a person.’

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