Iman opened up to Oprah Winfrey about her successful marriage to David Bowie before his death


David Bowie's widow Iman opened up about her successful marriage to the late rock star on TV mogul Oprah Winfrey just before his death in January.

The 60-year-old supermodel is the subject of Oprah: Where Are They Now?, which is being broadcast on the mogul's OWN network this weekend in the US.

In an interview recorded just before the Let's Dance singer lost his cancer fight, Somali-born Iman talked about her life with the much-loved star.

"We both understand the difference between the person and the persona," she said in the teaser clip. "When we are home, we are just Iman and David. We're not anybody else."

The couple were married in 1992, two years after they met. Together, they have a daughter named Alexandria.

Iman with her late husband David Bowie
Iman with her late husband David Bowie (Yui Mok/PA)

Iman also has daughter Zulekha from her 10-year marriage to American basketball player Spencer Haywood, which ended in divorce in 1987.

On the subject of wedded bliss, Iman said timing was important. "I think the secret to a lasting marriage is timing, first of all."

She added: "You have to be at the right time in your life that you're ready for an ever-lasting relationship, that it becomes first, a priority in your life."

Iman with David Bowie
Iman with David Bowie (Peter Kramer/AP)

But the glamorous star added a warning: "If your career is important to you, don't get married and have children because something will give. I know we, as women, we want to be able to have it all. But we can't have it all at the same time."

Iman and David's marriage was the second marriage for both of them. The Brixton-born rocker's 10-year union with first wife Angie ended in 1980.

When David died, it was his son film-maker son Duncan Jones who confirmed the news on Twitter. The 44-year-old is expecting his first child with wife Rodene Ronquillo in June.

Duncan Jones and David Bowie
Duncan Jones and David Bowie (Jason DeCrow/AP)

In Where Are They Now?, Iman stated that her priority was finding the balance between her professional life and her personal one.

"By 3 o'clock, I'm out of here. Then I become total wife," she said.