Mick Jagger & David Bowie had an intense, sexual & emotional affair in the 1970s

Yesterday, we discussed the possibility that Angelina Jolie and her “hypnotic” vadge played mind-games on Mick Jagger. The story originates in a new biography of Mick Jagger, although I don’t know if this biography is any way “authorized” – considering the dirt, probably not. The book is called MICK: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger, and in the excerpts yesterday, sources claimed Jagger was infatuated with Angelina in 1997, and he was always trying to call her and he was prepared to leave Jerry Hall for her. This apparently went on for years. Anyway, the NYDN has even more excerpts from the book, and these excerpts are all about Mick’s emotional and sexual affair with… David Bowie. For real? You can read the full NYDN story here. Here are some more highlights:

In 1973, Mick Jagger was still coy about his own sexual preferences, but Bowie made no effort to conceal the fact that both he and his wife were bisexual and often shared partners. “Mick looked at David and wondered if maybe this was the wave of the future,” said Leee Black Childers, former executive vice president of MainMan, the management firm that handled Bowie. “Mick was very conscious of doing whatever it takes to stay hot; David was the hottest thing around at the time.”

“It was the glitter era, and everybody wanted to be part of the bisexual revolution,” explained singer Chuckie Starr, who ran into Mick at a party in Beverly Hills the week that “Angie” hit number one. “Mick was no different. He was wearing rhinestones, blue eye shadow, and platform shoes.”

Angie Bowie also looked askance at the blossoming relationship between Mick and David, but for very different reasons. She thought her husband had nothing to gain from cozying up to Jagger, and that such a friendship might even cost him credibility with his hip, young fan base.

Bowie, who called Jagger Mike — never Mick — thought differently. Not only was he 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. Bowie also took Mick to gay films. “David,” said British TV producer Kevin Kahn, “is a born proselytizer.”

By October 1973, the Bowies were living on Oakley Street, just a stroll from Cheyne Walk. Angie had been out of town for a few days when she returned home one morning and went straight to the kitchen to make some tea. The Bowies’ maid, who had arrived about an hour earlier, approached the lady of the house with a peculiar look on her face. “Someone,” she told Angie, “is in your bed.”
Angie went upstairs to her bedroom, slowly pushed the door open, and there they were: Mick Jagger and David Bowie, naked in bed together, sleeping. Both men woke up with a start. “Oh, hello,” said Bowie, clearly taken by surprise. “How are you?”

“I’m fine,” Angie replied. “Do you want some coffee?”

Mick, blinking awake, remained silent. Angie returned a few minutes later with coffee and orange juice on a tray. While it was not a case of coitus interrupts, 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 was upset at the time, unsure if 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 . . . Maybe,” she tried to joke later, “they were writing ‘Angie’ when I caught them in bed together.”

[From The NY Daily News]

The excerpt goes on and on – Angie Bowie wanted to fool around with Mick but she “missed her chance” because she was having a giggle fit. Marianne Faithfull, Mick’s ex-girlfriend, had an affair with David Bowie for a few months in 1973. One of the various sources claimed, however, 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.” Oh, and both Bowie and Jagger had affairs with Bebe Buell (Liv Tyler’s Mom) who also boned “Elvis Costello, Rod Stewart, Jimmy Page, Aerosmith’s Steve Tyler, Todd Rundgren, and Prince.” Once Bowie and Jagger realized they were both sleeping with her, they tried to lure her into orgies. For the love of God. IT WAS THE SEVENTIES. This is what everyone did in the ‘70s. Let’s face it. If your parents were in their 20s in the 1970s, they were probably doing all of this. Trust me.

Update by Celebitchy: Here’s Mick and David doing “Dancing in The Street” circa 1985. I used to love this video! I’m getting a kick out of watching it again and imagining them sleeping together.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

 

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  1. Eleonor says:

    This, and the Stones tournée, and Keith Richards. And Angelina Jolie scared him “a little”??? What the hell did she do to that old fart??

  2. marie says:

    I heard this story a long time ago, can’t remember where though, doesn’t surprise me..

    The only thing that shocks me is both David and Mick signed off on the Dancing in the Streets video, it was horrible and I still have not forgiven them for offending my eyeballs..

    • Eleonor says:

      O__O I’ve just discovered it. I can’t decide if I’m shocked or amused.

    • Carolyn says:

      Agree – this isn’t a secret. Dancing in the streets was a MASSIVE song in it’s day and the video was widely considered a lot of fun and rather cool. Back in the day.

    • Selena Castle says:

      Really the vid and the single were a rush job because they both could not appear together at Bob Geldof’s Feed The World concert and there had been rumours for years about a collaboration. David treated it as a bit of fun and that’s all it was.
      Angie Bowie made a lot of sensational claims about David in that book. David did not confirm or deny any of them. Their marriage was a joke, they only ever really got married because Angie was due to be deported back to the USA in a few weeks.So David married her because they were good friends with benefits. At the time David did not believe he would ever fall in love again after Hermione. Everyone knew it, even Angie did, but she later claimed that she married for love. The woman was a leech and still is. She called herself Angie Bowie for years after the divorce and considers herself some kind of social commentator now.

  3. Michelle says:

    The Bowie rumors and the story of Angie finding them in bed together are well known.

    • blah says:

      Angela Bowie is full of it. She also said Mick named the song “Angie” after her as a conciliatory gesture, which is a complete crock. I’ve read her book and she’s got serious delusions of grandeur.

      When she divorced David Bowie, one of the provisions of their settlement was a gag order on her for 10 years preventing her from yapping to the press. The minute it was over she wrote a “tell all” book that was basically a big “look at me” whine complaining how people see her as nothing more than a hanger on and slightly elevated groupie. She made the claim about Bowie sleeping with Jagger, and when Bowie’s lawyers contacted her, mysteriously changed her story to “I just found them in bed together”, and then complained when all Howard Stern and Joan Rivers cared about was learning whether the rumour was true. As if they’d want to talk to her for any other reason. When pressed about “just finding them in bed together”, she never was able to give any more details asides from how she reacted.

      Obv Bowie was bi in the seventies- everyone and their mom was. In his case it was a publicity stunt to exoticise his image, and he’s gone on the record joking how he’s a “closet heterosexual”. I just think anything Angela Bowie claims should be immediately discredited.

      • Crazy Charlize says:

        Maybe in the circles you travelled in. I never met a single one.

      • blah says:

        Maybe in a previous life ;) I wasn’t born then.

        Seeing as you were around then you likely know better. I should change my statement to “every celebrity and their mom was bi”.

      • ZenB!tch says:

        Outside of the Sunset Strip, there was no more prevalence of bisexuality in the 70s than there is now. I somewhat remember the 70s and the rumors that Governor Brown was bisexual and while I had no clue what that meant I could tell based on the conversation at the grownups table that it was a bad and abnormal thing to be as per the average orange and pea green kitchened 70s American family. So no….

        Also there was an article in Rolling Stone recently where they more or less said Bowie was doing me in the 60s. Bowie is bi. He seemed to have moved along the scale from gay-leaning bi to straight-leaning bi but he is bi. OR he was desperate to make it and willing to put out… he was so drugged out in the 70s that Mick may have been the only one who was emotionally involved.

        Angie Bowie is certifiable, I know this. They took away her son and gave him to DAVID BOWIE WHO SAW NAZIS IN THE CLOSET HE WAS SO HIGH ON COKE (or something like that) but that doesn’t make her wrong. It just makes her a horribly unfit mother.

        Bowie got his act together and the son seems to have turned out normal based on his Twitter account. Maybe Bowie thought part of getting his act together was to fake straight – this makes sense in the 70s.

      • Melissa says:

        Everyone and their mother was bi in the ’70s?

        Hmm… I was actually alive and remember the ’70s. Calling B.S. on that one!

  4. Medusa says:

    This has been common knowledge for decades now.

  5. cupidityrox! says:

    I guess we have the seventies to thank for the std boom of the eighties..& onwards.. They both out fug the other

  6. Sara says:

    Back then they slept with everyone, men or women. Stars do it today too but they hide it.
    David and Mick had an affair and it’s common knowledge.

    The film Velvet Goldmine is inspired by that affair.

  7. Adrien says:

    This is old news. As old as the Mars candy bar rumors. David is perhaps bisexual. In his interview with Rolling Stones (the magazine), he claimed that he is bisexual only to retract later on. There was a 10 year gag order for Angie to talk about his life with Bowie and when it finally expired she dished that “Mick and David in bed” story to a talk show. Later, Angie backtracked and said she literally just saw the two in bed and didn’t catch them in the act.

    Edit: Nope, Bowie didn’t retract his bisexuality. It was his management who did that.

    • blah says:

      I don’t doubt he is, or was in any case. But like I said, I’m not accepting anything Angela Bowie says as “proof”.

    • Kate says:

      @ Adrien – I have a vague memory of Bowie being quoted in an interview with . . . Rolling Stone? . . . saying something to the effect that, “I was young! I was *experimenting*!” By that time he had custody of his and Angie’s son, Zowie (who changed his name), and I had the impression that times had changed and Bowie was distancing himself from his past.

  8. Katie Perry says:

    It could’ve been worse, they could’ve slept with – that troll Gaga!

  9. sup says:

    this was already well known.

  10. Agnes says:

    they’re so, well, gross, that i can’t really imagine them having sex with anyone, let alone each other. haha

  11. Julie says:

    liv tylers mom should try pokemon, gonna catch them all.

    i could imagine a few guys where it would look good if they had a gay affair but seriously jagger and bowie? with bowie you could argue that his special looks fit to his music but jagger is just plain ugly.

  12. Mia 4S says:

    I really thought this was common knowledge? I have to laugh sometimes when everyone gets all smart ass about stars who are supposedly closeted, bearded, and denying they are gay. Some are, sure. Still I think there are a fair number who aren’t lying when they say they are not gay, they’re bi-sexual. Hollywood would tend to attract people who don’t easily fit a catagory and as much as it still seems to freak people out sexuality is far from rigid for many.

  13. Amanda_M87 says:

    Nice mouth Mick Jagger’s got there…

  14. HK9 says:

    Everyone has known this since the ’70′s, how is this news??

  15. Patricia says:

    This is very old news.

    I think I first heard about it in the 90s, maybe even the 80s. And I’m sure it had been out earlier.

    It was well know they were both bisexual in the 80s. I remember that clearly. I adored Bowie and it broke my little heart ;)

  16. Jesse says:

    About our parents and other oldies fooling around in the ’70s. My husband is much older than I am and most of my friends think he is a sweet, old grandfather. The things he has casually told me about sex in the ’60s and early ’70s are amazing. Three-ways, open marriage, dozens of partners, and adultery at the drop of a hat. Definitely bear it in mind the next time you are with a sweet, old grandfather.

    • Happy21 says:

      Or grandmother…

      My brother was having a problem with his current squeeze about his disclosure of a threesome or two (she was horrified) and my aunt said “Oh God, even I’ve had a threesome!”

      She is the most demure, soft spoken person you’ve ever met. I never woulda thought.

      • ZenB!tch says:

        I’m glad I missed that part of the 70s. They had a show about it two or three summers ago on CBS.

        I have no desire to have sex with another woman nor do I have any desire to watch while two men have sex with each other. I am so glad I missed that period where people almost felt compelled to behave that way.

  17. bea says:

    I remember when they came onSNL to perform and they were both in drag. I think Bowie and Iggy Pop had an affair around this time.

  18. Sillyone says:

    On the home page Sam Ronson and David Bowie have their pics next to each other, they look a lot alike its kind of funny, but thats just me.

    • blah says:

      Sam wishes she was as pretty as Bowie!

      Personally, I’d pay to see Bowie and Swinton going at it. That would be some next level, hot alien clone sex shiz.

      • ZenB!tch says:

        YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

        Jim, one of my GBFs worships Bowie even more than I do… add a little crush to my worship.

        So last Academy Awards I posted on FB “OMG! Tilda Swinton looks just like Bowie”

        He replies “If you mean she looks like an absolutely perfect glowing, alien rock god…” (or something like that)

        My reply “That is exactly what I meant.”

        I think she was even wearing shimmer make up that day so she really did glow and look alien like.

    • Happy21 says:

      OMG I thought the same thing! I saw on my FB news feed about the “affair” and then when I came to CB I saw the Sam Ronson photo and almost clicked on it thinking it was this thread. Too funny!

  19. miriam says:

    Bowie is deeply sexy.

    Jagger on the other hand is just creepy.

  20. Little Darling says:

    Right, the most non news, albeit still entertaining, of the week. I always got the impression that they would both screw anything and everything back in those days. Poor trees and dogs suffered Terribly!!! ;)

  21. Dragonlady sakura says:

    I just threw up in my mouth…not about them being bi, but imagining these two wrinkled bags having sex with ANYONE!

  22. RHONYC says:

    that video used to crack me up. even as a kid, i loved the homoerotic tone of the whole thing! lol :-D

  23. Kaye says:

    Photographs do the aging Mick Jagger no favor, but he is one of the sexiest men I’ve ever seen. His performances (even now) are electrifying. This quality is hard to define but it is real.

  24. Ravensdaughter says:

    Gee, I knew that back in then, when I was in 5th/6th grade. I didn’t understand it, but I knew about it. My big sister was a big Bowie fan and in art school, so she told me all sorts of stuff I didn’t understand until later.

  25. Happy21 says:

    I remember when the song Dancing in the Streets was popular in the mid-80′s (I would have been about 8), I remember hearing that Mick Jagger and David Bowie *gasp* had sex together! LOL! So funny that I totally forgot that until now. When I saw the post it was like a flood of memory…

  26. Nev says:

    David Bowie.circa China Girl.

    his best look.

  27. Jayna says:

    It was the ’70s. Free love. They’re bisexuals. No biggie. Mick seems to prefer women. Bowie I would say 50/50. But his great love is Iman.

  28. Lindy says:

    Looking at pics of Bowie… He’s really beautiful. Beautiful bone structure, gorgeous eyes. Just a beautiful man.

  29. elle says:

    Yeah so like everyone else has already said: this is old news. But on a different note let it be known that David Bowie is one of the most beautiful people to ever exist.

  30. Cam S says:

    This news IS SO OLD! I knew about this is the early 80′s when I was in grade school. Bowie’s ex wife did the talk show circuit and blabbed

  31. Kim says:

    VERY old news. Weve heard all this decades ago.

  32. Bella Bella says:

    The Velvet Goldmine! Adore!
    Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a brilliant “Bowie” Maxwell Demon and Ewan McGregor doing is best Iggy Pop. YUM!!
    If you haven’t seen it it is a MUST WATCH! The plot gets foggy now and then but who cares? The costumes and the brilliant Christian Bale and Toni Colette are worth every second.

    “Today, there’d be fighting in the streets. But in 1972, it was more like dancing”

  33. Emily says:

    This is something I pretty much grew up knowing, since my dad loved the Rolling Stones and my mom loved David Bowie.

  34. MOON says:

    MY GOD
    OK..bowie wasnt bi he was probably doing some stuff w/men but i was just experimentation…he admitted it was a lie.AND THAT IDIOT JAGGER was so desperate to stay relevant…the only reason he was around Mr.Bowie was to keep his charts rival close “Mick Jagger, for example, is scared to walk into the same room as me even thinking any new idea. He knows I’ll snatch it.”

  35. jane16 says:

    The last pic of Bowie, he looks just like Geraldine Ferraro (RIP).

  36. Jovia says:

    The video makes me dance in my chair, it’s infectious all right, but I still don’t feel the chemistry between these two no matter what anybody’s bio says…

    I remember buying Sticky Fingers with my lawn mowing money and playing it in the backyard on a portable phonograph. Those were the days. LOL

  37. Mooshi says:

    I LOVE David Bowie’s voice. It’s so damn sexy.

  38. Chris says:

    Wow how fat do Lady Gaga’s thighs look in that photo?

  39. Trollydolly says:

    Why the horror? Two of the most famous, beautiful, androgynous, sexually provocative and talented men of the 60′s and 70′s F**k each other? wow! It’s the shrill ignorant judgemental idiocy of some commentators here who probably think anyone born before 1984 never had sex is why I want to scream.

  40. Bil says:

    But the real question is “Who was the bottom?”