Ahead of this weekend’s fifth anniversary of David Bowie‘s shocking death, Iman has spoken about her endless love for the rock icon and his everlasting musical legacy. The supermodel, who was married to Bowie from 1992 until his death from liver cancer on January 10, 2016, at 69, spoke to Harper’s Bazaar UK about keeping the flame of memory alive.
“David is in our hearts and minds on a daily basis, for all of us,” she said of herself and her familiy. “You know, this was my true love. My daughter once asked me if I would ever marry again and I said, ‘never’.” The couple met in 1990 and Iman said the attraction was “immediate and all-encompassing. I couldn’t sleep for the excitement of our first date.”
And while his music is never far from our ears, Iman said Bowie is all around, whether you know it or not. She told the magazine that the anniversary of his death is always the “saddest time,” but she find hope in the idea that he is “hiding in plain sight. His fans are still around. His music is still relevant.” Iman also shared a heart-swelling story about what sounds like a sign from beyond on that awful day five years ago. While the family is typically together on Jan. 10th, last year she was by herself in the redwoods in San Francisco and, “I went on a hike and a bluebird flew in front of me. A bluebird, above all things!”
The 65-year-0ld model described her lockdown routine at her upstate New York country home, where she’s been hiking, cooking, reading and painting, another tribute to her late love. “David was a painter; my daughter is a painter. I never painted in my life, so I’ve taken it up. I learnt that I don’t have to be good at something to start doing it,” she said. ” Just get out of your own way, go for it.” Bowie’s final single, “Lazarus,” featured the lyrics, “You know, I’ll be free/ Just like that bluebird/ Now ain’t that just like me.” For the record, the tour guide told her that bluebirds are “very rare” in that area, “so now, instead of remembering it as sad, it is more of a joyous day.”
And not for nothing, she has her trusty companion, 14-year-old Cavanese dog Max, with her at the upstate compound and in another unbelievable coincidence, just like Bowie, he has one blue eye and one brown eye. “You couldn’t make it up. When I walked him, people would stop me in the street and say, ‘You planned this!'” she said.