“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.”
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.
Manilow, whose career spans five decades, has long been rumored to be gay, but has never discussed the topic publicly.
A source tells PEOPLE that Manilow is now “in a great place and he really doesn’t care what people think.”The National Enquirer, who reported the story first, says Manilow’s longtime friend and Palm Springs neighbor Suzanne Somers was the “best man.”