Neil Sedaka, an American pop singer, has had his fair share of rumors for someone who has been a part of Hollywood for so long. Among them, speculations about his sexual orientation are perhaps the oddest. It’s strange because the ‘Grammy’ winner has been married to his wife for over 57 years. The couple has even raised two fully grown children.
So, why is the musician rumored to be gay despite the fact that he married someone of the opposite sex? What sparked all of these theories about the star’s orientation? Continue reading to find out!
|Full Name||Neil Sedaka|
|Date of Birth||13 March 1939|
|Age||82 years old|
||5 feet 5 inches|
|Profession||Vocalist, pianist, and composer|
|Father Name||Mac Sedaka|
|Mother Name||Eleanor Sedaka|
|Net Worth||$120 million|
Gay rumors began soon after working with Howard Greenfield
Sedaka’s musical collaboration with fellow artist, the late Howard Greenfield, is regarded as a watershed moment in rock and roll history. Their collaboration lasted over twenty years, during which time they created some of the most endearing melodies of the Brill Building era and sold millions of records.
However, this long-term relationship has given rise to a few theories about Sedaka’s sexual orientation. Greenfield was openly gay at the time, which fueled speculation that the American pianist was also gay. The ‘Oh! Carol’ singer, on the other hand, chose to remain silent and never responded to those rumors.
The rumor was later put to rest when he married his now-wife, Leba Sedaka. However, after more than a half-century, similar rumors began to circulate following the release of the singer-2016 songwriter’s album, I Do It For Applause.
The Long Island Music Hall of Fame inductee sang about a young male stud’s irresistible beauty in the album’s song ‘Super Hottie.’ ‘Should I Begin The Dance,’ another song was a tango about a male brothel. Because of his provocative and steamy lyrics, there was widespread speculation about whether he was gay or not. However, just like the previous time, Sedaka remained silent and did not address the subject.
His Proven Method for Having a Happy Married Life
While his sexual orientation is still being debated in online forums, the fact remains that an award-winning musician is a married man. On September 11, 1962, the 1983 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee married his long-time wife, Leba Sedaka. On June 26, 1963, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Dara Felice Sedaka.
After four years, in 1967, the family of three was complete with the addition of their second child, a son named Mark Charles Sedaka. Since then, the four-person family has been living in harmony and enjoying their time together. Furthermore, the renowned record producer’s family grew when his son Mark married his partner, Samantha Sedaka, and welcomed three children.
When asked about the secret to his long-lasting marital life by Dailymail, the musician stated that he has always respected and loved his partner. He also revealed that he and his wife had gone through a lot of ups and downs and that they had struggled, cried, and laughed together.
Net Worth and Proud Grandparent
Sedaka took to Instagram on July 24, 2021, to express his pride as a grandfather whose granddaughters were off to college. In total, he has two children and three grandchildren. Apart from spending time with his adoring family, Sedaka also promotes his New York Times Bestselling children’s book, Dinosaur Pet. He spends a lot of time on social media.
He posts about his family when he isn’t posting about his mini-concerts. Neil Sedaka’s net worth is estimated to be $100 million as of 2021 by celebritynetworth.com. This is no surprise given that he has written or co-written over 500 songs and sold millions of records.