As their love affair lasted well into the eighties it was obvious that, especially where Mick Jagger was concerned, this was far more serious then their affairs with women had ever been.
It might actually have been the longest relationship Mick Jagger has ever had with anyone. I’m talking about his affair with David Bowie.
According to the new book by Christopher Andersen, Angela (Angie) Bowie, whom famously found the pair in bed together, actually felt threatened by it, she told the author she felt David was serious about Mick — and, if he was, how she could ever compete with him. “Even though I cared,” she said, “there wasn’t much I was going to do about it . . .”
Ava Cherry, a backup singer who lived with the Bowies for a time, reportedly told a friend that “Mick and David were really sexually obsessed with each other. Even though I was in bed with them many times, I ended up just watching them have sex.”
According to Cherry, the relationship was more than just sexual. The two men became “very close” emotionally and “practically lived together for several months.” Shrugged Leee Childers: “Everyone knew what was going on between them. It wasn’t something either one of them was trying to hide.”
Bebe Buell says: “I used to get some pretty strange phone calls from Mick and David at three in the morning,” she said, “inviting me to join them in bed with four gorgeous black women.” Or, she added, “four gorgeous black men.”
Jagger wooed Bowie with roses and expensive champagne, while The Thin White Duke treated Jagger to trips to see the latest gay movies.
Bowie, who called Jagger Mike — never Mick — was in awe of Mick’s ability to electrify audiences year after year, but he respected the veteran rocker’s songwriting talent and business savvy. “He thought Mick was a financial genius,” Angie said. “We all did.”
Bowie and Jagger were soon spotted everywhere together without their wives: sitting ringside at the Muhammad Ali-Ken Norton bout, hanging out at the London disco Tramp, yelling and stomping their approval at a Diana Ross concert, or just cuddling up together on a hotel room coach. Neither superstar complained when one enterprising photographer snapped the two men in a moment of repose, Bowie tenderly cradling Mick’s head in his lap.
“Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger” reveals he’s also been intimate with late bandmate Brian Jones, Andy Warhol, Rudolf Nureyev, Eric Clapton, as well as an attempted tryst with Geraldo Rivera.
One of the stories reveals Jagger and late legendary ballet dancer Nureyev “playfully trapping journalist Geraldo Rivera in the middle of a sexual sandwich at a party; Rivera claims that this was Mick’s serious attempt to seduce him.”