iman & david bowie
*In the wake of the death of singer/actor David Bowie from cancer on Sunday, People has published a story that details the romance that was between Bowie and his wife of 23 years, supermodel, Iman.

You’ll no doubt be interested to learn that in all that time Iman says she never fell in love with David Bowie.

“I fell in love with David Jones,” the Somali-American supermodel told the Guardian in 2014, referring to the given name of the English rock legend, who died Sunday at age 69.

“Bowie is just a persona,” she explained. “He’s a singer, an entertainer. David Jones is a man I met.”

‘I Still Fancy Him After All These Years’: David Bowie and Iman’s Romantic Love Story in Their Own Words| David Bowie, Iman

Indeed, they managed to live – and treasure – a normal life together, despite the megafame that came with being the ultimate global trailblazers in their respective fields.

PEOPLE visited their New York City apartment in 2005, and found the family – with then-5-year-old daughter Lexi – to be the image of domesticity.

“We are very normal,” Iman said, explaining that she cooked dinner for her husband every night, that she took Lexi to music and dance lessons, and that Bowie and Lexi would play music together all the time.

Of his entrepreneur wife, Bowie told PEOPLE at the time: “She’s uncanny at keeping the business at her office and the woman at home. But she’s a mom 24/7.”

You read the rest of this story at People.

Meanwhile, (for those who didn’t know) it was cryptic when Iman wrote it Saturday, but her instagram message below is now totally clear.

Rise #imandaily

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