October 26, 2016

‘Completely overwhelmed’ David Bowie’s former lover opens up about singer’s tragic death

DAVID BOWIE’s former lover, Mary Finnigan, has said that she has been left “completely overwhelmed” by the legendary singer’s death.

David passed away on January 10, aged 69, after an 18-month secret battle with cancer.

Mary first met the Heroes hitmaker in 1969, after hearing him play the guitar at her neighbour’s house in Beckenham.

The pair eventually ended up moving into together, after Mary “offered him her spare bedroom at a theoretical £5 a week”.

She told OK! magazine: “He didn’t have many gigs so he spent a lot of time in the flat, but he was never idle. He wrote songs continuously.”

David even played the 77-year-old journalist his hit song Space Oddity.

“He played it in the kitchen while I was making lunch on the day he moved in. But the difference between the versions that happened at home and The Three Tuns pub, and the final studio production, was enormous,” she added.

Despite addressing the shock news in numerous interviews, Mary admitted she’s still struggling to get to grips with it all.

She went on: “I haven’t even started to. I had a wave of sadness this morning when I was sitting in a café and then another when I was waiting for my yoga class, which completely overwhelmed me.

“I’m sure that’s going to carry on for quite some time.”

Mary previously said, when describing the moment that she found out about David’s passing: “I just burst into tears. I was absolutely devastated. Can’t believe it.

“I don’t think anybody knew. Certainly the fans didn’t. As far as I know nobody knew he had cancer. That was a complete surprise, they kept it absolutely quiet as far as I know.

“I was in my early 30s and he was 22 when we first met. We lived together, we played together, we were lovers, and we founded a folk club largely to get some cash flow, and it was almost instantaneously successful.”

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