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14 amazing, insightful David Bowie quotes on sexuality, fame and life in general

14 amazing, insightful David Bowie quotes on sexuality, fame and life in general

'I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir.'

As the world mourns the loss of David Bowie at 69, we’ve been reminiscing about all the ways in which the iconic musician inspired us.

From being unflappably open about his bisexuality to his trailblazing gender fluid style, the singer made it his life’s mission to push boundaries.

Here, we take a look back at 14 quotes from the British star that perfectly sum up his amazingly fearless attitude…

1 ‘It’s true – I am a bisexual. But I can’t deny that I’ve used that fact very well. I suppose it’s the best thing that ever happened to me. Fun, too.’

2 ‘I once asked [John Lennon] what he thought of what I do. He said, “It’s great, but its just rock and roll with lipstick on.”‘

3 ‘I get offered so many bad movies. And they’re all raging queens or transvestites or Martians.’

4 ‘I had no problem with people knowing I was bisexual. But I had no inclination to hold any banners or be a representative of any group of people. I knew what I wanted to be, which was a songwriter and a performer, and I felt that bisexuality became my headline over here for so long. America is a very puritanical place, and I think it stood in the way of so much I wanted to do.’

5 [On Freddie Mercury] ‘Of all the more theatrical rock performers, Freddie took it further than the rest. He took it over the edge. And of course, I always admired a man who wears tights. I only saw him in concert once and as they say, he was definitely a man who could hold an audience in the palm of his hand.’

6 ‘Maybe I am insane, too — it runs in my family — but I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. I felt very puny as a human. I thought, “Fuck that. I want to be a superhuman.”‘

7 ‘I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.’

8 ‘As an adolescent, I was painfully shy, withdrawn. I didn’t really have the nerve to sing my songs on stage and nobody else was doing them. I decided to do them in disguise so that I didn’t have to actually go through the humiliation of going on stage and being myself. I continued designing characters with their own complete personalities and environments. I put them into interviews with me! Rather than be me — which must be incredibly boring to anyone — I’d take Ziggy in, or Aladdin Sane or The Thin White Duke. It was a very strange thing to do.’

9 ‘I think fame itself is not a rewarding thing. The most you can say is that it gets you a seat in restaurants.’

10 [On his ex-wife, Angela] ‘Angela and I knew each other because we were both going out with the same man. Another one of her boyfriends, a talent scout for Mercury Records, took her to a show at The Roundhouse, where I happened to be playing. He hated me. She thought I was great. Ultimately, she threatened to leave him if he didn’t sign me. So he signed me.’

11 ‘James Dean epitomized the very thing that is so campily respectable today – the male hustler… He had quite a sordid little reputation. I admire him immensely.’

12 ‘Girls are always presuming that I’ve kept my heterosexual virginity for some reason. So I’ve had all these girls try to get me over to the other side again: “C’mon, David, it isn’t all that bad. I’ll show you.” Or, better yet, “We’ll show you.” I always play dumb.’

13 ‘As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time I’ve got left?’

14 ‘I’m an instant star. Just add water and stir.’