Christie Brinkley shared a sweet post Tuesday on Instagram recounting how she has helped David Bowie and Iman conceive their daughter Alexandria amidst the couple’s fertility struggles, Us Weekly reports.
Brinkley, like Iman, is a former supermodel whose modeling career took off during the ’80s. If Christie’s Instagram post is any indication, she and Iman have stayed good friends even after they left the runway for good. Brinkley’s Instagram photo showed David Bowie and Iman happily posing with their newborn daughter, Alexandria “Lexi” Zahra Jones.
“Iman always told the story in such a charming way… ‘It took two blondes to get me pregnant David Bowie and Christie Brinkley!'” Christie captioned.
“‘You see…’ Iman explained to me, ‘in Somalia they say if you are having trouble getting pregnant you must hold a baby all day’ so I handed her my baby, Sailor, and she held her all day long…and sure enough, it worked! After 7 years trying without luck… Iman got pregnant! So beyond her great beauty and business savvy, and beyond Bowie’s music and art, I always felt a sweet connection to this stunningly gorgeous and creative couple. Today my heart aches For Iman, and Alexandria for their untimely and unbearable loss. My deepest sympathy.'”
David Bowie, 69, and Iman, 61, met for the first time in 1990. Bowie described the meeting as “love at first sight.” However, Iman, who went through a divorce in 1987, wasn’t ready to enter into a commitment at the time. Two years later, Bowie and Iman tied the knot in a private ceremony in Switzerland. In 2000, after struggling with fertility issues, David and Iman were finally able to conceive a daughter. After 25 years of marriage, Iman described the relationship as “complimentary and as passionate as ever.” The “Ziggy Stardust” singer had a son, Duncan Jones, from a previous relationship while the Somali-American supermodel had hers, Spencer, from her previous marriage.
During an interview with Hello! magazine, David and Iman recounted how having Lexi has made them even closer as a couple.
“We’ve always been very close, but if it’s possible we’ve been drawn even closer. There’s a joy or a contentment that’s almost palpable to both of us.
“Overnight, our lives have been enriched beyond belief.”
Bowie was a devoted father. Since Alexandria’s birth, David turned down numerous movie roles to spend more time with his daughter. As his biographer David Buckley said, “He missed out on much of Zowie’s young life, and wanted to spend as much time as possible with Lexi.”
“Jan. 10, 2016 – David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” his son Duncan wrote on his father’s official Facebook page.
Iman took to Twitter to share a photo containing the words, “The struggle is real, but so is God.”
Ivo Van Hove, Bowie’s close friend and director of “Lazarus,” said that David was determined to cling on to life as he faced the final stages of liver cancer. Ivo added that it was Bowie’s daughter, Alexandria, who inspired the iconic singer in his battle against the disease.
“I could see the tears behind his eyes, because he was not a man to show off his emotions. He was really in deep fear. I felt he was not in a death struggle but a struggle for life – he wanted to live on. He has a daughter of 15 and he really wanted to go on, but it was physically not possible. He was ill, but he wanted to live – for his wife and daughter, and for music. That became obvious to me time and time again during our collaboration.”
Bethan Hardison, Iman’s close friend, told People that she’s “holding up” following her husband’s passing.
“She’s fine. We’re fine. We’re holding up. It comes in waves, you know. He’s [David Bowie] a great loss – not just a loss as an artist, but as a human,” she said.
[Images via Christie Brinkley/Instagram and AP Images]