For years Barry Manilow kept his sexuality a secret, fearful of how fans might react.
"I thought I would be disappointing them if they knew I was gay," the legendary singer recently told People magazine. "So I never did anything."
These days Manilow is not only out but on the cover of People talking about his private life and love of 39 years, his manager Garry Kief.
It's a rare moment of openness for the 73-year-old star who told the publication, "I'm so private. I always have been."
Manilow said he was focused mostly on his career, which included hits such as "Mandy" and "Copacabana (At the Copa)," when he met Kief, a TV executive, in 1978.
"I knew that this was it," Manilow said. "I was one of the lucky ones. I was pretty lonely before that."
The couple remained together despite Kief's initial lack of comfort with Manilow's fame, and they stayed discreetly under the radar.
For a time, Manilow even lived with TV production assistant Linda Allen, who was rumored to be his love interest.
The beloved performer's sexuality had long been the topic of speculation when he and Kief secretly married in 2014 at their Palm Springs, California, estate.
The news made the headlines a year later, and Manilow publicly came out.
Now he says he is happy with how it's all been received.
"When (fans) found out that Garry and I were together, they were so happy," Manilow said. "The reaction was so beautiful -- strangers commenting, 'Great for you!' I'm just so grateful for it.
THE HERITAGE Lottery Fund is supporting a project which details the experiences of Barbadians who have settled in Reading.
The oral history project centres around a filmed documentary, Our Journey so Far, produced by the Barbados and Friends Association in Reading.
The film includes personal perspectives and interesting stories about growing up in Barbados with "fond childhood memories of family life" and much more including:
Growing up on a West Indian island
Leaving sun and sea for England including first impressions of Reading
First experiences of Reading and the winter
Community life as a Barbadian
Finding work at Huntley & Palmers and other factories
Football, excursions and memories of social occasions
Lasting legacy as a Reading Barbadian.
Reading is often hailed as having the biggest community of Barbadians outside of the Caribbean island.
The documentary completes a busy year of activities to commemorate 50 years since Barbados achieved independence from British colonial rule. 28 April is a special day for the indigenous Bajan community - it is an opportunity to celebrate
National Heroes Day and pay tribute to people that have “contributed to the improvement of the economic and social conditions of Barbados”.
His Excellence Mr Guy Hewitt, the Barbados High Commissioner to the UK commented:
“The project undertaken by BAFA in Reading is an important one. It is capturing what has been a significant history of the movement of Barbadians into Reading. It is important that we start to record the contribution of Barbados in Britain because Barbados has made a wonderful contribution here so congratulations to our diaspora community for what is a successful project”.
wenty20 World Cup star, Carlos Brathwaite, has been dropped from the West Indies one-day squad to face Pakistan in the three-match series bowling off Friday in Guyana.
The 28-year-old all-rounder, the T20 captain, was one of two changes to the squad whitewashed by England last month, with Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite also omitted.
They have been replaced by wicketkeeper/batsman Chadwick Walton and fast bowler Miguel Cummins in the 13-man squad which will again be led by Test captain Jason Holder.
Carlos Brathwaite’s one-day form had come under the microscope in recent series and the scrutiny intensified following his struggles last month against England.
A big-hitting lower order batsman, he managed 42 runs in three innings and failed to take a single wicket in 24 overs, which also proved expensive.
Brathwaite also flopped in the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe last November with 42 runs in three outings and just six wickets.
Overall, he averages 13 with the bat from 23 ODIs and averages 47 with the ball, having taken 21 wickets.
The Barbadian, who presided over the Windies 3-1 defeat in the four-match T20 series against Pakistan which ended Sunday, will now turn his attention to his commitments to Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League starting later this week.
Kraigg Brathwaite, meanwhile, has been dropped after a run of poor form which saw him gather a single half-century in 10 ODIs, while averaging 27.
The 24-year-old, who has tasted success in Tests with his ultra-patient batting style, looked out of place against England and ill-suited to the one-day format.
His three innings yielded a mere 61 runs.
The 31-year-old Walton, who played the last of his five ODIs three years ago, has been handed the opportunity to revive his career, with Windward Islands Volcanoes stroke-maker Sunil Ambris once again overlooked despite his prolific scoring this year.
The second ODI is scheduled for next Sunday with the final game set for April 11.
SQUAD — Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton.
A famous Norman Rockwell painting now worth well over a million dollars has been recovered by the FBI after it was stolen from its owner in the '70s.
A lawyer for an anonymous individual called in to Philly's FBI headquarters last year and said their client was in possession of a stolen Rockwell painting -- 'Lazybones' -- and wanted it returned to its rightful owner.
The lawyer said their client had seen stories about the stolen painting in the media in recent years before realizing they had it themselves. They reportedly thought they'd had a copy, not the original. It was surrendered to authorities, and no charges were pursued.
Now, the painting will be returned to its owner, Susan Murta, who last saw it in 1976 at her parents' house when she was 18. The painting was stolen from Murta's family home in Cherry Hill, NJ during a burglary.
Murta's dad originally bought the painting for $75 after he accidentally hit it with a pool cue back in 1954. It's now reportedly worth more than $1 mil.
Katherine Jackson is back in Los Angeles, and one of the kids Trent believes is masterminding the court case against him almost gymnastically shielded her from questions about the family war.
Katherine headed back to L.A. from London after a judge essentially ruled her case against Trent couldn't go forward without her present in court.
Katherine's daughter, Rebbie, blocked the photographers who were asking about allegations that Trent stole from her and abused her ... something he denies.
Trent believes Rebbie and Jermaine Jackson are manipulating Katherine into going against him, although the endgame isn't clear.
He says he is willing to walk away from the whole thing, so it's unclear why the case is pressing forward.
Sources say the 86-year-old will be seeing doctors ... and it's certainly possible her lawyer could ask the judge at the next hearing to keep her off the stand because of her age and health.
The recent Fresh Prince reunion photo — which actor Alfonso Ribeiro posted to Instagram earlier this week — will hardly be featured on former co-star Janet Hubert’s refrigerator.
Hubert, who played the show’s original Aunt Viv (she was eventually replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid four years into the production), was noticeably absent from the image, which was taken at a event thrown by a charity to which former co-star Karyn Parsons belongs. Hubert slammed the pic in a since-deleted Facebook post and said so long as she’s absent, there will never be a true reunion.
“I know the media hoe [sic] Alfonso Ribeiro has posted his so called reunion photo,” she wrote. “Folks keep telling me about it. He was always the ass wipe for Will. There will never be a true reunion of the Fresh Prince. I have no interest in seeing any of these people on that kind of level.”
Hubert insisted the photo hadn’t shaken her, but that she does hope the truth about her alleged feud with Will Smith in the early ’90s does reach resolution.
“I am not offended in the least, by this photo…it was an event for Karen’s charity,” she wrote. “It does however prompt me to take some meetings in Hollywood to pitch my memoir…and tell of the behind the scenes story before I leave this earth.”
West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat in the second of a four-match T20 International series at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Thursday.
The West Indies have retained the same eleven that suffered a six-wicket defeat – their fourth consecutive T20 loss to the Pakistanis – in the opening match in Bridgetown.
They are seeking a series-levelling victory ahead of the final two matches at the same venue at the weekend.
Pakistan introduce newcomer Fakhar Zaman Following the outstanding debut performance in Barbados of leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who took the Man of the Match award with figures of three for seven, Pakistan.
The 26-year-old left-handed batsman and occasional left-arm spinner is getting his first taste of senior international action at the expense of Mohammad Hafeez.
Teams: West Indies – Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Evin Lewis, Chadwick Walton, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree, Kesrick Williams.
Pakistan – Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali.
Michael Strahan’s role at “Good Morning America” is still ruffling feathers at the morning show. Sources claim fellow anchors on the show are sick of ABC bosses giving him preferential treatment.
“They roll out the carpet for [Strahan] while seasoned talent is treated like dirt. He’s been given a lot of opportunity, flexibility, when the others who have been working there longer don’t get that kind of treatment,” a source said.
Strahan signed a special deal that allows him to continue to analyze football at “Fox NFL Sunday” and host ABC’s “$100,000 Pyramid.” But he was forced to drop most of his lucrative endorsement deals when he joined the morning show.
Meanwhile, pop anchor Lara Spencer, “feels like her role has been minimized with Strahan. There’s not a lot of love between the two. They know how to put it on for the cameras, but he’s doing a lot of what Lara should be doing [on the show] and she’s not happy. She’s the pop person.”
We also hear that George Stephanopoulos is over it. “He’s bored with the fluff. He goes into work, does the show and leaves by 8:57 a.m. He doesn’t interact. He’s been phoning it in for quite some time,” the source said.
An ABC News exec insisted that Spencer has fully welcomed Strahan into the fold. “That’s just bulls - - t. They get along great. She loves having someone with his sense of humor on the show. Michael is lovely with the staff . . . And as for Lara, she has far more airtime in the 8 a.m. hour and is loving the studio audience.”
Plus, other stars are juggling just as many outside projects as Strahan.
“The idea that George is phoning it in is absurd. He gets to ‘GMA’ at, like, 3 in the morning. He works 16 hours a day,” the exec continued. “He goes home because he does all of the special reports in addition to ‘GMA,’ and he’s calling sources and getting ready for his Sunday show. He comes back to the office in the afternoon . . . And he’s incredibly engaged in the news coming out of DC right now.”
An ABC rep added: “We’ve tripled our lead over the ‘Today’ show [in total viewers]. The show has never been better.”
Is Ellen DeGeneres okay? Rumor has it, her wife Portia de Rossi wants the host of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to enter rehab after she was taken to Emergency Room following an accident.
Ellen was recently rushed to ER after she tripped and injured her finger following a night out. "So, you know how in gymnastics when you do a one-handed cartwheel and you have to spread the weight evenly between all your fingers? Well, I had two glasses of wine and fell into a door," she shared.
She went on, "Portia [de Rossi] and I were coming home from a dinner party. We were at the door, the dogs were so excited to see us and I caught the lip of the top step. I was a foot away from the door and I fell into the door and it did something to my finger, I knew something was wrong."
A friend of Ellen tells Radar Online, "Ellen needs help and she needs it now. She can joke all she wants about this, but it's not funny. And this could spell the end of her marriage. Ellen has been honest about her addiction fear and has discussed it with family and friends many times."
A representative for Ellen and Portia hasn't responded to a request for comment.
If The Fresh Prince‘s Banks family transcended fiction, we now know what this year’s Christmas card would look like — the cast of the cult classic ’90s sitcom just staged an epic reunion.
Alfonso Ribeiro, who played the uber-privileged Carlton from 1990 to 1996, shared an image of the show’s cast to Instagram last night (March 27) that finds Will Smith, Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Daphne Maxwell Reid (Vivian) and Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey) enjoying some beach views. Sadly, the image was missing one critical component of the show: James Avery, who died on New Year’s Eve 2013 after complications that stemmed from open-heart surgery. Avery played the lovably uptight Uncle Phil.
“Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family. Wishing that James Avery was still with us to make this complete,” Ribeiro wrote 21 years after the show’s final episode aired, and fans of the show flooded his comments with adoration.
“Oh how legendary! Wish I could give them all a huge hug! It was great growing up watching you all, making me laugh,” one wrote, while another noted “Been waiting for years to see a picture like that. thank you guys.”