David Bowie wife: Who is Iman?
David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer-songwriter and actor. A leading figure in the music industry, he is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Bowie was acclaimed by critics and musicians for his innovative work during the 1970s.
David Robert Jones was born on 8 January 1947 in Brixton, London. His mother, Margaret Mary “Peggy” (née Burns; 2 October 1913 – 2 April 2001), was born at Shorncliffe Army Camp near Cheriton, Kent. Her paternal grandparents were Irish immigrants who had settled in Manchester.
She worked as a waitress at a cinema in Royal Tunbridge Wells. His father, Haywood Stenton “John” Jones (21 November 1912 – 5 August 1969), was from Doncaster, Yorkshire, and worked as a promotions officer for the children’s charity Barnardo’s.
The family lived at 40 Stansfield Road, on the boundary between Brixton and Stockwell in the south London borough of Lambeth. Bowie attended Stockwell Infants School until he was six years old, acquiring a reputation as a gifted and single-minded child—and a defiant brawler.
Who is Iman?
Iman Abdulmajid born on 25 July 1955, is a Somali fashion model, supermodel, actress and entrepreneur. A muse of the designers Gianni Versace, Thierry Mugler, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Yves Saint Laurent, she is also noted for her philanthropic work. She was married to rock musician David Bowie from 1992 until his death in 2016.
Iman was born Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid in Mogadishu. She was later renamed Iman at her grandfather’s urging. Iman is the daughter of Mariam and Mohamed Abdulmajid. Her father, a diplomat, was the Somali ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and her mother was a gynecologist. She has four siblings: two brothers and two sisters.
Iman is Muslim. She has credited how her faith has helped her through the dark times. She is fluent in five languages: Somali, Arabic, Italian, French, and English.
Iman was first married at age 18 to Hassan, a young Somali entrepreneur and Hilton hotel executive. The marriage ended a few years later when she moved to the United States to pursue a modeling career.
In 1977, Iman dated American actor Warren Beatty. Later that year, she became engaged to American basketball player Spencer Haywood, and they married soon after. Their daughter, Zulekha Haywood, was born in 1978; in February 1987, the couple divorced.
In 1990, Iman met English musician David Bowie on a surprise blind date set up by a friend in Los Angeles.
On 24 April 1992, Iman married David Bowie in a private ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland. The wedding was then solemnized in Florence, Italy on 6 June. Bowie named his instrumental piece ‘Abdulmajid’ after her, which was later converted into a symphony by Philip Glass.
Their daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones, was born 15 August 2000 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Iman is also stepmother to Bowie’s son from a previous marriage, Duncan Jones. Both children bear Bowie’s legal surname.
Iman and her family resided primarily in Manhattan and London. When Bowie died on 10 January 2016, she wrote in tribute to him that “the struggle is real, but so is God.”