Two women admit to having had flings with David Bowie when they were just 14 and 15-years-old but insist it wasn't sexual abuse
Dana Gillespie, a young woman who had met Bowie after watching him perform in Soho in 1964 said they had sex. She was 14-years-old and he was 17.
David Bowie is the Starman who flew down from heaven, gave us some awe-inspiring music, and then left us feeling empty when he died in January 2016. GQ Editor Dylan Jones, the author of one of the many books written about the musical genius, even said that Bowie is a "continually expanding balloon that refuses to burst". The idea, then, is established that Bowie was one-of-a-kind. That's why when comedian David Baddiel spoke of a middle-aged Bowie as a man who seduced teenage groupies on his podcast, it left the listener with a jarring sensation.
Baddiel said in the January 28 podcast that he had been told of a story by one of his female friends of an alleged "romance" with the singer and Rolling Stone frontman Mick Jagger while they were on holiday in Mustique, a private island in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. He said: "This woman was 16 at the time and Bowie would have been in his 40s."
He continued: "She and her best friend had one of many drinking nights with Bowie and ended up back at their shack with David. David was clearly keen on a threesome and had put some work in to create it. The way he did this, according to her, was to take all his clothes off and put Let’s Dance on cassette and dance naked."
The Daily Mail spoke to two women who were under the age of consent, which was 16 when they had sexual relations with the superstar. Lori Mattix, who had a liaison with Bowie when she was 15-years-old, said: "I never thought of David Bowie as a pedophile. He would f**k anything. If he liked it he would f**k it."
An early girlfriend of his, Dana Gillespie, said: "As far as sex went, if it moved, he was there. Man, woman, old or young. Times have changed and it doesn’t always look so good in black and white now, but in those days we were just having fun; there were no rules."
It was also said that for Bowie, sometimes used sex to his advantage. Former wife Angie said: "Using sex was what David did. He used sex to endear himself to people, so they loved him and did things for him and worked hard to promote him. It was the pure selfishness of wanting to succeed." At other times, however, Bowie made it seems as if his promiscuous nature was just a habit that he had too much fun to try and stop. Bowie said in a 1997 radio interview: "I was hitting on everybody. I had a wonderfully irresponsible promiscuous time."
In Bowie's home in Chelsea, the main part of the house was a 4ft deep bed that came to be known as the Pit. This is where he and ex-wife Angie would host orgies. Gillespie was a mutual friend of both Bowie and Angie during this time. The young woman met Bowie after watching him perform in Soho in 1964 and that's when they had sex. She was 14-years-old and he was 17.
Gillespie told Jones in the book: "I have never thought of David as someone who liked young girls in particular. He liked bright women. It has been suggested to me that him sleeping with me when I was 14 was 'statutory rape' but I have said to writers, look, you can’t put that in because, yes, I was young but we were just having fun."
"He would play my guitar and listen to my songs, and play me his. I remember he once phoned me up to tell me that he had just written Space Oddity. He wrote the song Andy Warhol for me. We were friends for the first ten years of his career, I didn’t see him really after 1975. I wouldn’t call myself a girlfriend, we did all of that and got it out of our system. It was not the kind of relationship where I would ever have wanted to be Mrs. Bowie."
Bowie's stardom was no doubt growing phenomenally and it was hard to escape from the hungry eyes of the "baby groupies" in LA at the time. Californian spitfire Sable Starr, famous for romancing Iggy Pop when she was just 13, led the pack to have sex with the visiting British stars. One girl in the group was called Lori Maddox, better known as Lori Mattix. She was just 14 when she met Bowie for the first time. She later joined his Spiders From Mars tour in 1972. She turned him down one night but then she was summoned to his room one night five months later. It is then that Mattix said Bowie took her virginity by slipping into the bathtub with her. She was 15 and also experienced her first threesome with Bowie and Starr.
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She reflects on all of this with some level of satisfaction. She said: "I don’t even think he thought about my age, he was so anti-social and breaking boundaries everywhere. I don’t think it was a thought for him and I don’t think he was hanging out with a lot of underage people. We were young then and he was 25, that is still young as well.
Mattix continued: "Do I regret it? No, life goes on. I am 60 years old and it was 45 years ago. People should get over it. You go through a journey in life, I don’t believe in mistakes, I believe there is a destiny for everybody."