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David Bowie is "not my late husband, he’s my husband," says Iman who never wants to get married again

David Bowie is "not my late husband, he’s my husband," says Iman who never wants to get married again

"I definitely feel his presence," Iman said, "especially when I look out over the glorious sunsets at our home because David loves sunsets."

Nearly six years ago, the world lost superstar David Bowie to cancer while his wife, Iman, lost the love of her life, a devoted husband, and a great father to their daughter, Alexandria "Lexi" Jones.

Iman knew him not as one of the most successful recording artists of all time but as David Jones, the real man behind the veneer of a rock star. Years after his death, Iman still can't imagine being a wife to someone else and had an immediate answer to give her daughter when she asked if she would ever remarry.

"No," she told TODAY. "People say to me when they talk, ‘Oh I loved your late husband,' and I said, ‘He’s not my late husband, he’s my husband,’ so that’s how I feel about it. This was truly the love of my life, and I just wait until I meet him again."



 

It was only during the pandemic when Iman realized she hadn't properly dealt with the grief of losing her husband.

"I had a daughter who was a teenager when her father passed away, so I was really more concentrated in helping her go through her grief," the 66-year-old entrepreneur and retired supermodel shared. "But I thought, oh yes, I did go through my grief, but I actually did not."

"Last year I went to my house estate, this beautiful property that I haven’t spent time there since my husband passed away, and there I was stuck for the year and I was forced to deal with it," she continued. "All of a sudden grief knocked on the door and became a companion. And I went through all of it, and now it is the joy that I remember."



 

While speaking to PEOPLE about their relationship, she revealed, "David said it was love at first sight. It took me a few months but I got there."

After their first date, Iman traveled to Paris for a runway show and recalled stepping into her hotel room to find it packed with Gardenias that Bowie arranged for.

"He properly wooed me," Iman said of the man, who was waiting at the airport when she returned back from the same trip to LA.

"Early on, we were walking down the street and my shoelace came undone and he got on his knees to tie it for me and I thought he's the one," she added.



 

As a tribute to the "epic romance" that Iman shared with Bowie, the cosmetics pioneer and CARE global advocate has come out with the fragrance, Love Memoir, to honor the 26 blissful years they shared together. It is the very first fragrance Iman has created and is exclusively available at HSN and hsn.com.

Continuing to deal with the loss of her husband, Iman said, "There are days that are harder than others but the memories are not all sad of why the person isn't here. The memories are now of how great it was. Sometimes I have to remind myself that I had 26 years. So I have that to sustain me."



 

"I definitely feel his presence," Iman added, "especially when I look out over the glorious sunsets at our home because David loves sunsets. So in that way he is ever present."

Cover image source: Getty Images | Photo by Evan Agostini

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