Iconic singer and songwriter Barry Manilow, known for his chart-topping hits and unforgettable performances, is now singing a new tune as he embraces the joys of becoming a grandfather.
The acclaimed 80-year-old singer-songwriter shared the delightful news with People magazine, revealing that his husband Garry Kief’s daughter, Kirsten, 47, has welcomed a precious little girl into their family through adoption.
This heartwarming addition not only brings immense joy to Kirsten but also marks a momentous occasion in Manilow’s life as he steps into the cherished role of a first-time grandfather.
“Garry’s daughter Kirsten adopted a little girl, and so I’m now a grandfather,” he told the publication
“I’ve never, ever thought about having a baby or having anything to do with [being] a father or any of that.
“I’m watching this little girl—she’s 2½—grow up and learn. This is a brand-new experience for me, and I really am enjoying it.”
Since Manilow revealed his joyous news, social media has been abuzz with well-wishes and congratulations from fans, the outpouring of support reflecting the widespread admiration for Manilow, not just as an artist but as a person.
Congratulations, what a wonderful news! Many thanks for sharing with your fans! All The Best, Love ????❤️? pic.twitter.com/5h6XAQlyql
— BarryManilowCouldItBeMagicAtLast (@CarolineSalfati) October 18, 2023
Awesome … maybe record us an album of lullabies ? Congratulations
— HollywoodD (@DavidTheBrea) October 19, 2023
I’m glad Barry
— Sean McInnis (@swilliem21) October 18, 2023
Congratulations to Kirsten, Garry and yourself! Love blooms ???
— Nancy Hebert (@nmanilow) October 19, 2023
Wonderful! 2023 has been quite a year for you ❤️
— jenniferjuniper (@jenniferjunip) October 19, 2023
Congratulations to the best singer of all time
— frank papa (@frankiepapa) October 18, 2023
Many blessings to your family on your new granddaughter.. I know you’ll be singing her to sleep every nite.. much love and Mazel Tov ? ♥️♥️♥️♥️
— Darkchylde ?????? (@Nkat_2448) October 18, 2023
The arrival of his first grandchild will no doubt come as welcome news, offering a ray of joy and hope for Manilow, especially following the recent loss of his dear friend Suzanne Somers.
Somers, renowned for her roles in Three’s Company and Step By Step, sadly passed away one day shy of her 77th birthday on Sunday, October 15.
The news of Somers’ passing was confirmed by her publicist R Couri Hay who also verified that she had been battling breast cancer.
Manilow took to Instagram to deliver a heartfelt tribute to his close friend who he considered “the sister I never had”.
“Suzanne and I were friends for decades. She was the sister I never had and my close confidant forever,” he wrote.
“We shared triumphs and heartaches. Her fame in so many fields overshadowed her real talent as one of our greatest comedic actors, a loving mother, an amazing homemaker, and one of the world’s best cooks.
“I will miss her dearly and hope that she is now out of pain and at peace.”
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