David Bowie, who died on Sunday aged 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer, is survived by his wife the Somalian supermodel Iman Abdulmajid, and his children Duncan Jones, the son from his marriage to first wife Angie Bowie and his daughter with Iman, Lexi who is 15.
Bowie married the supermodel in a romantic ceremony in Tuscany on 24 April, 1992.
The couple were often regarded as one of the most stable in the public eye having been married for 23 years.
They were also known for keeping their marriage particularly private. In 2013 Iman, 60, was interviewed by Naomi Campbell for Interview magazine and told her: “We are very private so we decided from early on that we will keep the press and editors and everybody out of our house.”
Iman and David Bowie. What a beautiful couple. pic.twitter.com/ImtK9ZObrd— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) January 11, 2016
Iman has not yet commented on her husband’s death but yesterday posted a poignant tweet about a “struggle”.
Only a few times over the many years did the pair reveal details about their life together. Bowie reportedly once said: “You would think that a rock star being married to a supermodel would be one of the greatest things in the world. It is.”
Iman too gave just a few accounts of her talented husband, providing an insight into the man many are mourning today.
David Bowie: Life in pictures
David Bowie: Life in pictures
David Bowie in 1960s
Davy Jones; life before David Bowie
David Bowie in 1964
David Bowie 'In Mime' at the Middle Earth Club, London, 1968
David Bowie in 1969
David Bowie performing his final concert as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1973
David Bowie in 1973
David Bowie, with his wife Angela (Angie) and his son Zowie, after receiving an award for his latest record "Ziggy stardust" in Amsterdam, 1974
David Bowie in the 1970s
David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, confirmed his death on Twitter
David Bowie in the 1980s
David Bowie gives a press conference presenting the Japanese movie 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence' directed by Nagisa Oshima, during the 36th International Film Festival in Cannes, 1983
David Bowie performs on stage during a concert in La Courneuve, 1987
David Bowie during his concert in West Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany, 1987
David Bowie shakes hands with Princess Diana, 1993
David Bowie autographs copies of his newest album 'Outside' at the grand opening of a Herald Square music store 26 September 1995 in New York
David Bowie performs at the Panathinaikos stadium in Athens during a rock festival, 1996
David Bowie and his wife, supermodel Iman smile as they pose for photos after Bowie received a star on the world famous Walk of Fame 12 February in Hollywood, 1997
David Bowie getting ready to perform 'Earthling' at the Phoenix Music Festival in 1997
David Bowie on stage performing during the Tibet House Benefit Concert in New York City, 2001
David Bowie Meltdown concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London, June 2002
David Bowie performing during his concert at the Stravinski hall stage of the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, 2002
David Bowie in 'Last Call with Carson Daly' TV programme taping in New York, 2003
David Bowie walks with his with wife Iman and daughter Alexandria (2) in New York, 2003
David Bowie performs on stage on the third and final day of 'The Nokia Isle of Wight Festival 2004' at Seaclose Park, in Newport, UK
David Bowie poses with a pig, 2004
David Bowie and Kate Moss at the 2005 CFDA Awards dinner party at the New York Public Library in New York City, 2005
David Bowie and model Iman arrive to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, 2008
David Bowie anf Tilda Swinton at the MoMA's 6th Annual Film Benefit in New York, 2013
Flowers are left below a mural of David Bowie on the wall of a Morley's store in Brixton on 11 January 2016
Here’s Iman’s most poignant quotes about the iconic performer:
“I fell in love with David Jones. I did not fall in love with David Bowie. Bowie is just a persona. He’s a singer, an entertainer.” The Guardian, 2014.
“We have fun with each other. He’s very English in a way that he’s a gentleman.” - Interview, 2013.
“David is even more of a homebody than I am. At least I go to parties once in a while. I also think that there is nothing that he hasn’t seen. He’s been to all the parties that there are.” The Guardian
“No! Honey, I have hips… I will never fit.” On discussing whether they ever share clothes in Interview magazine.
“My father taught me how to be a parent and gave me a positive connection with men because he is a gentlemen. And that’s what attracted me to David. He is a gentle soul.” Harpers Bazaar, 2010.
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