It’s hard to believe it’s been two years since David Bowie’s death, but as devastating as his loss was to his fans and his peers, at least his music and his legacy will endure forever. So to celebrate his life, we’re taking a look at some little-known facts about the music icon.
1. Why he changed his name
When David Robert Jones decided to pursue his music career, The Monkees were at the height of their fame, and David was worried he would become confused with Davy Jones. So he changed his name to Bowie, and the rest is history! In a letter to a 14-year-old fan in 1967, Bowie wrote that his manager told him, “Nobody’s going to make a monkey out of you”.
2. His eyes are NOT different colours
Contrary to popular belief, Bowie did not have heterochromia, a genetic condition resulting in two different coloured eyes. However, he did have another ocular quirk – aniscoria, a permanently dilated pupil. It happened after a 15-year-old Bowie and his friend George Underwood got into a fight over a girl, and Underwood’s fingernail accidentally sliced Bowie’s eye. Luckily, there were no hard feelings and the two later collaborated several times.