Meet the woman who broke David Bowie’s heart.
To most of us, David Bowie was a superstar of unimaginable proportions. His career spanned over five decades and was acclaimed by just about everyone for his often, innovative work. His stagecraft and presentation were without parallel. His musical creativity significantly influenced popular music. David Bowie was one of the world’s best selling artists, selling an estimated 140 million albums worldwide. He was introduced to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. A superstar!
But David Bowie, the powerful and enigmatic artist was just like the rest of us in terms of love.
His first love broke his heart.
“He was a lovely, kind, original, sweet person of whom I was — and still am — incredibly fond, and that is how I will remember him,” said Hermione Farthingale in a recent interview.
Yes! It’s hard to believe but when Bowie was just 21, he met and fell in love with a beautiful dancer and actress Hermione Farthingale. Hermione’s well to do father did not approve of this relationship and was very disappointed when she left home to live with a young Bowie.
The young lovers set up in the top floor of a Victorian house in South Kensington. Bowie was later to describe this period of his life as the time of his life.
Nothing prepared Hermione for Bowie’s chauvinistic behavior toward her, as well as his promiscuity and after only one year Hermione left Bowie. She landed a part on the musical “Song Of Broadway”, and moved to Scandinavia to take part in the play. That’s when she met a fellow actor and moved on from Bowie, breaking his heart.
Hermione is believed to be the inspiration behind many of his hits.
Bowie and Hermione exchanged messages as recently as 2013 when he appeared in the video “Where Are We Now”. This is Bowie’s video where he wore a T-shirt with “Song Of Norway” printed on the front of the T-shirt.
When David Bowie passed away, he had lived in SoHo for over 10 years. David Bowie, his wife Iman and daughter Alexandria were direct victims of the September 11 attack.
David Bowie loved SoHo. He enjoyed early morning walks throughout the SoHo neighborhood and would visit Dean & Deluca, Bleecker Street Records, McNally Jackson Books, amongst others.
Photo by Adam Bielawski