David Bowie's widow, Iman has recently talked about the difficulties of living with his legacy, nearly three years after his death.
In a new interview with Net-a-Porter, Iman says that grieving fans aren't the same as a grieving wife. “People take pictures of me in the street, and say [while touching her arm], ‘I am so sorry for your loss,’” she explains. “I’m like, ‘Don’t touch me. You just took pictures of me, how can you be sorry?’ 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.”
The ex-model also adds that sometimes she doesn't want people to see her sadness but they would tell her how strong she is. While rolling her eyes, Iman says that she's not strong, she's "just trying to keep it together".
Married to Bowie for 24 years, Iman insists that she would never remarry. “I mentioned my husband the other day with someone, and they said to me: ‘You mean your late husband?’ I said, no, he is always going to be my husband.” She concedes: “I do feel very lonely. But do I want a relationship? I can’t say never, but no, not now.”
Businesses also continue to contact her to get profit out of her family. When she shared a photo of their daughter, Lexi online to mark her 18th birthday, many agencies and designers had called her to try and hire Lexi as a model which Iman insists that it is not what Lexi wants.
Bowie and Iman have fiercely guarded the privacy of their marriage and family ever since they were hitched and they never spoke about one another in interviews.
I know why they wanted to her to model – it’s because she is David Bowie’s daughter.
Lexi thinks her mum is overprotective but Iman recalled advising her daughter that “this can all wait, it isn’t going anywhere. Have a life that is private while you can, because one day soon it is going to be public, so enjoy this.” Iman says that Lexi is good at painting and is currently taking a gap year (against Iman's wishes).