AceShowbiz - David Bowie's ex-wife Angie Bowie has opened up how he had to carefully consider how his sexuality came across. In a new interview, the "Starman" hitmaker's former spouse claimed the late musician had to "present as heterosexual with bisexual tendencies" to make it in America.
The late star's ex-wife, with whom she had 50-year-old son Duncan Jones, assisted in the creation of "Ziggy Stardust", his androgynous alien stage persona, and she has recalled how in the '70s in the U.S., they had to carefully consider how Bowie's sexuality came across. She said, "He had to basically present as heterosexual with bisexual tendencies to get by the American censors."
One way they could prove this was by having a child. Angie, who gave birth to Duncan in May 1971, continued, "I figured if I had a child they're not going to argue that he is hetero." She added, "And David had such a good relationship with his father, I could tell he was going to have a great relationship with Zowie [Duncan]."
Angie also recalled how she always wanted David to dress like "a star" no matter what time of day it was. However, the 72-year-old glam rock icon, who managed her then-spouse, insisted it was a working relationship they shared and she claims David started to develop an ego, which led to their demise as a couple.
Angie recalled, "At a certain point the applause starts to make them think they're something more than they really are." She further noted, "And it's like, no, you are not God."
Angie later said the "Let's Dance" hitmaker had vowed to help with her career too, but he failed to deliver his half of the promise. She claimed, "I had done a deal with David that first, we would work on his career, and then we would work on mine." And she ultimately got "fed up" with being his "trouble-shooter."
The pair divorced in 1980, after a decade of marriage. Later in 1002, David went on to tie the knot with widow Iman.
David died in January 2016, aged 69, following a private battle with liver cancer, and Angie, who has penned candid biographies about her relationship with the music icon, including 1993's "Backstage Passes: Life On the Wild Side with David Bowie", said it's only now that she is getting the credit she deserves for the creation of Ziggy.
Angie told MOJO magazine, "That's the response I get now on social media, people are giving me my credit."