‘He is not my ”late husband” – he is my husband’: Iman reflects on her grief after David Bowie’s death from liver cancer six years ago
Iman reflected on her grief after her husband David Bowie’s death from cancer – as she graced British Vogue’s January cover on Wednesday.
The supermodel, 67, opened up about how she refuses to refer to him as her ‘late’ husband and discussed her difficulties over finding space to grieve privately after he passed away.
Iman was married to Bowie from 1992 until 2016, when he died from liver cancer. The couple had one daughter together, Alexandria Zahra Jones, 22.
Opening up: Iman reflected on her grief after her husband David Bowie’s death from cancer – as she graced British Vogue’s January cover on Wednesday
Speaking about how she has adjusted six years on from his death she told the publication: ‘He is not my ‘late husband’. He is my husband. I don’t mind at all being referred to as ‘David Bowie’s wife’. But I always remind people that I existed before I met him.
‘And he was also very particular. He never introduced me by saying, ‘Meet my wife.’ He’d always say, ‘Meet Iman, my wife.’ So we both already had our own identity. We were separate but together.’
On finding the space to grieve privately after his death she added: ‘It was too much. Too much. We lived a very private life and suddenly it felt like there was a target on mine and my daughter’s head.
Tough: The supermodel, 67, opened up about how she refuses to refer to him as her ‘late’ husband and discussed her difficulties over finding space to grieve privately after he passed away
‘It got to the point where we had to leave our home [in New York City] because the public were always at the front door. Which I admire. I get it. But there was a point where it was like: ‘OK, go home now.’
‘You had people who would take your picture, sell it and then come to you and say, ‘I feel your pain.’ She continues, breaking into a laugh, ‘And, I’m like, ‘No, b***h, you don’t feel my pain, get away from me.’
As for what the future might bring she went on to say: ‘I think of myself now as a mom and grandma first,’ […] ‘That’s my place in life.’ Then adds, with another laugh: ‘I can’t really wear heels anymore. I know my limitations.’
Honest: Speaking about how she has adjusted six years on from his death she told the publication: ‘He is not my ‘late husband’. He is my husband’
For the cover she stunned in a flowing chiffon red dress with a high-neck design before changing into a draped purple dress for another look.
In another more edgy shot she wore a quirky red glove and black roll-neck as she pulled a pose.
Last year Iman revealed she will never remarry five years after her legendary rock star husband David lost his battle with cancer on Jan. 10 2016.
The star told PEOPLE magazine that it was ‘love at first sight’ when she met David on a blind date in Los Angeles years ago and still feels his presence after all this time.
Love: Iman was married to Bowie from 1992 until 2016, when he died from liver cancer. The couple had one daughter together, Alexandria Zahra Jones, 22 (pictured in 2008)
‘David said it was love at first sight,’ she said of their connection. ‘It took me a few months but I got there.’
She added: ‘I knew him as the man, David Jones, his real name, and not the rock star.’
Bowie kept his liver cancer battle mostly private, and succumbed to the disease just days after turning 69 which coincided with the release of his 25th and final studio album Blackstar.
Five years after his death from cancer, she created her first fragrance, Love Memoir, as a tribute to their ‘epic romance.’
The idea came to her in the throes of grief while she was sequestered in their country house in the mountains in upstate New York, a place that had once been too painful for her to visit.
‘I just got very sad and would rush back to the city,’ she said. ‘I thought I had processed [the loss] but I had not.’
And as many know, the grieving process isn’t linear: ‘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 great it was.’
She added: ‘Sometimes I have to remind myself that I had 26 years. So I have that to sustain me.’
Their daughter Alexandria asked if she ever had thoughts of remarrying again. ‘I said “No, I will not.” I still feel married,’ she recalled.
Iman also noted: ‘I definitely feel his presence, especially when I look out over the glorious sunsets at our home because David loves sunsets. So in that way he is ever present. Through my memory, my love lives.’
The January issue of British Vogue is available on newsstands and via digital download from December 20.
Loyal: Last year Iman revealed she will never remarry five years after her legendary rock star husband David lost his battle with cancer on Jan. 10 2016
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