David Bowie dead: Iman dedicates Instagram page to her husband in his final days

'My marriage is exactly as fabulous as you all would think'

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They met at a dinner party in Los Angeles in 1990, became officially an item just two weeks later and enjoyed 24 years of marriage before his sad passing on Sunday. 

Iman and David Bowie were one of the few high-profile couples who managed to keep their relationship private and endure the pressure created by both fame and the media. 

As the first black supermodel and a pioneering, heavily influential singer, Iman and Bowie were the ultimate trendsetting power couple.  

The couple in 2005

They had a daughter together, Lexi, in 2000. They often appeared in public together but rrarely spoke about their relationship or domestic life. When they did, it was always with deep admiration for each other, with Bowie reportedly once saying: “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 was equally affectionate in her descriptions of married life. 

“David doesn't fight,” Iman told Harpers Bazaar in 2010. “He is English, so he just stays quiet. I'm the screamer. Then he always makes me laugh. It's like cabaret. I keep him entertained too. I still fancy him—totally!—after all these years.”

In his final days, Iman dedicated her Instagram page to her husband by sharing pictures of Bowie’s most iconic personas throughout the decades. 


A photo posted by IMAN (@the_real_iman) on


A photo posted by IMAN (@the_real_iman) on


A photo posted by IMAN (@the_real_iman) on


A photo posted by IMAN (@the_real_iman) on


A photo posted by IMAN (@the_real_iman) on

In 2014, Iman admitted that while Bowie was overwhelmed by his feelings for her almost immediately after meeting her, she had no intentions of entering into a relationship with a “rock star”, yet soon found herself falling in love. 


“I was not ready for a relationship,” she told The Guardian. “Definitely, I didn't want to get into a relationship with somebody like him.

“But as I always said: 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. David Jones is a man I met.”

Of all of the quotes from and about the couple circulating again, there is one from Iman during a conversation with Nate Burkus in 2011 that perhaps best encapsulates their union:

 “My marriage is exactly as fabulous as you all would think.”