Iman never liked people addressing Bowie as her "late husband."
We've grown up hearing "true love" and "soul mate" in films and books. A few of us have seen couples in real life who symbolize this kind of love. It won't be wrong to assume that as we went from one stage of our lives to another, we never stopped searching for "true love." While some found their forever person, some are still searching. Then there are some who lost their soul mate after they found them.
Those who lose their partners often spend the rest of their life coping with grief and/or learning to love again. But neither is easy. David Bowie's wife is one person who refuses to move on and holds on to the memory of her husband ever so tightly. Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, a Somalian supermodel, said Bowie was "...always going to be my husband,” when the term "late" was added in front of the word husband. Her devastation of losing her husband to cancer was quite visible to everyone.
Bowie fell in love with Iman the very first day that he met her. Iman had just retired from her modeling career when she met the musician at a dinner party back in 1990; she was introduced to him by her hairdresser, reported Biography.
The couple was very private about their relationship but in 2000, Bowie opened up about it and told Hello! Magazine, “My attraction to her was immediate and all-encompassing. I couldn’t sleep for the excitement of our first date. That she would be my wife, in my head, was a done deal. I’d never gone after anything…with such passion in all my life.”
Later in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the Modern Love singer revealed the first time he asked Iman out. Describing the attempt as "corny," he said that he asked her out for "afternoon tea." Iman chimed in and revealed that the only word that came out of the singer's mouth was "tea?" She also added, “He doesn’t drink tea; he never drinks tea. He had coffee."
Two years after they met, the love birds cemented their relationship by taking the vows in 1992, after Bowie proposed Iman in Paris with so much romance and passion that she just couldn't say no to. Talking to The Guardian in 2004, she revealed that she wasn't entirely sure about being with Bowie in the beginning.
"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."
They welcomed their daughter Alexandria Zahra Jones in 2000. Their daughter, who goes by Lexi, has step-siblings from both of her parents' earlier marriages.
Fate was the reason they met and fate was also the reason Iman lost Bowie
Bowie was diagnosed with lung cancer. The Space Oddity singer was made aware of the seriousness of his cancer just three months before his death, reported The Guardian. According to the documentary David Bowie: The Last Five Years, it was during the filming of his last single, Lazarus, that the singer got to know that his treatment had to be stopped.
Iman couldn't cope with the fact that the love of her life was suffering from a terminal illness. om lung cancer. However, she was by his side at every step. The couple always insisted on keeping their lives private, and so they hid his illness as well so that they could focus on his health. But his end was nearing. Through the years they got so good at not giving any updates, that the news of Bowie's death on January 10, 2016, not only came as a shock to his fans but to his colleagues as well.
Iman, being the person who keeps to herself, didn't respond to anything related to her husband's death except for her occasional posts on Instagram their anniversary or Valentine's day. These were enough to tell the world how deeply she loved and missed him, reported Biography.
Heartbroken, even after two years of Bowie's passing, Iman opened up about her pain for the first time during an interview with Porter Magazine. “People take pictures of me in the street, and say [touching my arm]: ‘I am so sorry for your loss.’ I’m like, don’t touch me. You just took pictures of me, how can you be sorry?” she said.
She continued, “I get the fans’ grief, but it’s not the same. They have lost someone they look up to; we have lost a husband and a father. And sometimes, I don’t want people to know how sad I am.”
Rolling her eyes she added, “People say to me, ‘Oh, you’re so strong,’ I’m not strong – I am just trying to keep it together.” When she was asked if she was looking out for love, her answer made it clear to anyone who thought she had moved on. She said, “I will never remarry. I do feel very lonely. But do I want a relationship? I can’t say never, but no, not now.”
Both Iman and her daughter got tattoos on Bowie's second death anniversary dedicated to the beloved husband and father, making it clear that absolutely no one can replace his love for them.