David Bowie’s wife Iman on precious 'David' necklace: 'I’m wearing this until my death'
David Bowie’s wife Iman has spoken publicly about her late husband’s death for the first time, saying it had been a “tough year, but I’m holding up”.
Speaking at Tom Ford’s show at New York Fashion Week, the model said she was wearing a necklace with the name “David” in memory of the singer.
“I’m wearing this until my death,” she said, holding the gold necklace.
She said it had been made by fashion designer Hedi Slimane.
Told by a television reporter that she was a "survivor", she replied: "Not as much as you think."
She added: "It's just been a tough year, but I'm holding up".
Bowie died in January at the age of 69 after a secret battle with cancer. He died two days after the release of his 25th album, Blackstar, which was described by his producer and friend Tony Visconti as Bowie's "parting gift".
He left £70 million in his will, with half going to Iman, 61, £25 million going to his son Duncan Jones, 44, and £25 million to daughter Alexandria, 15.
The couple met in October of 1990 and friends said that they had been "inseparable" thereafter.
The couple married in Tuscany after two years together and Alexandria was born in 2000.
Iman has been seen near the apartment she and Bowie shared in Manhattan but the Tom Ford show was her first public appearance since the star’s death.
On Instagram she documented her "first night out since last year" and showed pictures of herself getting ready.
She wrote: "Made it my first night out! Thanks @tomford for a very glam but intimate presentation".
Her only previous comments on Bowie’s death were a Twitter message posted after his death which read: "Love & Gratitude".
Before his death she said the secret to a long-lasting marriage was timing.
"You have to be at the right time in your life that you’re ready for an everlasting relationship, that it becomes first, a priority in life," she said.
"If your career is important to you, don’t get married and have children, because something will give."