Angela Bowie, 66, is the first wife of music legend David Bowie, whose real name is David Jones. She was born as Mary Angela Barnett on September 25, 1949. Angela is part of a rock folklore era and is reported by The Mirror to be the woman who actually helped David Bowie create Ziggy Stardust. Their marriage lasted 11 years and ended in 1980. David Bowie did not marry again until 1992. In their marriage together, they had a one son, film director Duncan Jones. Duncan was, at times, called Zowie.
The former Mrs. Bowie says that she and David Bowie met through their mutual friend, record executive Dr. Calvin Mark Lee. In an interview with The Mirror, Angela Bowie actually recalls the first time she and Bowie slept together, when she was just a teenager. She explained:
I remember exactly where and when David Bowie and I first slept together. It was in London in the summer of 1968 after an evening at the Speakeasy – the night King Crimson celebrated their new recording contract and Donovan got up and sang Buddy Holly songs with them. David came back to my little room above the Nomad Travel Club in Paddington. He was pretty drunk and we were both pretty exhausted when we fell into my little bed together.
Angela described Bowie as cold at first and with “the instincts of a bisexual alleycat,” though his longtime wife Iman may share a difference in opinion. Angela said that when he started to warm to her, he talked about things like this:
David talked about his childhood in Brixton; about his father, a gentle Yorkshireman who had worked as PR man for Dr Barnardo’s; about his firebrand mother who’d had an illegitimate child; and about that child, Terry Burns, nine years David’s senior and his great hero. David told me how Terry had introduced him to music, politics, and poetry – and also to a haunting fear. Diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, he was in and out of mental institutions until 1984, when he threw himself under a train.
Wikipedia reports that Angela says Bowie actually had a relationship with Mick Jagger at some point.
Throughout her career, Angela Bowie has been an American cover girl, model, actress and musician. Her father was a mining engineer and Army veteran, but both of her parents sadly died in 1984. After her marriage to Bowie, Angela had a long-term relationship with punk musician Drew Blood and they had a daughter together named Stacia.
On January 5, 2016, Angela Bowie actually entered as a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother. She was informed of David Bowie’s death off-camera, as reported by The Guardian. Angela told Big Brother that:
I haven’t seen him in so many years I can’t make a big drama about it… but I feel an era has ended, it’s so very sad.
She then burst into tears, explaining that an era has ended and the stardust is gone.
In previous episodes of the show, Angela said that her ex David Bowie had turned her son against her and that her other baby daddy doesn’t like her. She then said that perhaps David had told him not to talk to her either.
Clearly, upon hearing the news of his death, she is saddened by his passing and will probably feel regret about those words.
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