According to a new Mick Jagger biography, Jagger and Bowie were sexually involved with one another.
It doesn't come as a surprise to the world that in the '80s, David Bowie and Mick Jagger were seen everywhere together. Whether they were filming "Dancing in the Street" or hanging out with Playboy model and lover to both men, Bebe Buell, the two seemed to be best friends. But with the release of the new Mick Jagger biography, Mick: The Wild Life and Genius of Jagger, their friendship appears to have been a little more serious.
According to NY Daily News, David Bowie and his wife Angie made it known that they were bisexual and shared partners, whereas Jagger was still coy about his sexual preferences. But Jagger, who was infatuated with Bowie, wondered if maybe bisexuality was where the future was headed.
"It was the glitter era, and everybody wanted to be part of the bisexual revolution," explained singer Chuckie Starr, who ran into Jagger at a party in Beverly Hills the week that "Angie" hit number one, reveals the book. "Mick was no different. He was wearing rhinestones, blue eye shadow, and platform shoes."
So, it's no shock that soon the duo was seen everywhere with 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 couch."
The real shock, however, came to Angie Bowie when she walked in from being out of town for a few days when her maid told her that someone was in her bed. When she walked upstairs to find a naked David Bowie and Mick Jagger in bed together, Angie "felt absolutely dead certain that they'd been screwing. It was so obvious, in fact, that I never even considered the possibility that they hadn't been screwing."
Angie may have been one of the few people to walk in on Bowie and Jagger, but she definitely wasn't the only one who knew what was going on between the two stars. David Bowie's back-up singer, Ava Cherry 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."
Even Bebe Buell got in on the action according to the biography. "I used to get some pretty strange phone calls from Mick and David at three in the morning inviting me to join them in bed with four gorgeous black women." Or, she added, "four gorgeous black men."
Whether or not this comes as a total surprise to you is up to you to decide. It's in our current times that labels have been given and boundaries set, but stemming even as far back as Greek Mythology, love was love, sex was sex, and there was no real need to categorize it.
Maybe the two were lovers, but at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter. What we do know is that they were damn good musicians whose music stands the test of time.