A former backup singer for David Bowie claims she was the ‘tasty filling’ filling of a heated love affair with the rock star and his friend Mick Jagger.
In 1972, when Ava Cherry was just a 19-year-old aspiring model, she met Bowie – who died on January 10, aged 69 – at a Stevie Wonder after-party and was ‘so in awe’.
That night began a lengthy live-in relationship for the two, which Bowie’s then-wife Angie ended with a ‘screaming-shouting-throwing-things fight’, Cherry, now 62, said.
Cherry’s stories bring up the old rumors that Bowie and Jagger were lovers – a rumor both rockers have long denied.
Singer Ava Cherry met David Bowie at a Stevie Wonder after party in 1972, and the pair soon became live-in lovers. She claims that once she slept with Bowie and his close friend Mick Jagger (right, with Bowie) at the same time
Cherry soon became a backup singer for Bowie and he said the relationship was ‘no big deal’ because he was in ‘an open marriage’
‘He was tall and handsome, and his hair was red and it was sticking up,’ Cherry told the New York Post of the night she met Bowie. ‘He walks over to me, and he says, “Very nice to meet you, Ava”, with this English accent. I was going nuts. He said, “You’ve got a unique style. I like your style”.’
The pair went to dinner and held hands while watching a performance by the jazz great Charles Mingus.
Bowie then took Cherry to his room at Gramercy Park Hotel, where they listened to his new album Aladdin Sane, Cherry said.
‘Then the inevitable happened, which was wonderful love with this man,’ she said. ‘I was totally hooked. I was gone.’
In the morning, however, a woman showed up at the hotel room.
‘She was kissing and hugging him, and I was like, “Who is this woman?”‘ Cherry told The Post.
‘David says [to her], “This is Ava Cherry”. The woman says, “Oh, hello, darling, how are you?'”She was acting very normal.
‘She hung around for about 15 minutes and then she said, “Got to go now. Nice to speak to you, Ava”.
‘When she closed the door, I looked at him and said, “Who’s that?” He said, “That’s my wife, Angie”.’
But Bowie told Cherry not to worry and it was ‘no big deal’, because the couple had ‘an open marriage’.
Cherry eventually became Bowie’s backup singer and live-in lover.
‘[We had] this synchronicity, this connection that I had not felt with any other man,’ she said.
Bowie was married to Angie Bowie at the time of the affair. She ended the extramarital relationship with a ‘screaming-shouting-throwing-things fight’ when Bowie moved Cherry into their marital London home
Cherry’s stories bring up the old rumors that Bowie and Mick Jagger were lovers – a rumor both rockers have long denied
She said she often spent time with Bowie and his good friend Mick Jagger.
‘I’m not going to say that I didn’t make love to the both of them, because I did,’ she told The Post. ‘They made love to me. It’s called a cookie. I was the tasty filling.
‘It was wonderful, just like it should have been – everybody on their respective side doing whatever they do. We were friends.’
In her 1993 book, Backstage Passes – Life On The Wild Side With David Bowie, Bowie’s ex-wife Angie made veiled suggestions that Jagger and Bowie were lovers.
The controversial 2012 biography Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger, author Christopher Andersen also alleged that the rockers had longterm love affair.
A relationship between the two stars has long been rumored, but Bowie and Jagger have denied the accusations.
It was when Bowie’s wife at the time Angie came home one day in 1973 to the abode she shared with her husband in London, that Andersen claims the real nature of Bowie and Jagger’s relationship was revealed when Angie allegedly found them in bed together.
Cherry, pictured here in 1975, once said that Angie caught her in bed with Mick Jagger and Bowie, but was left unfazed
In the controversial 2012 biography Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger, Cherry said the men were ‘sexually obsessed with each other’
She appeared unfazed by the incident and brought coffee and orange juice into the room.
Andersen alleges in his book that the pair’s sexual relationship is also confirmed by Cherry.
Soon after the incident, when Bowie moved his mistress into the London home, Angie was not as accommodating to the young singer.
‘I think she thought I was like every other girl he had an affair with, that it was short-lived and I would just be someone there for a couple of weeks and be gone,’ Cherry told The Post.
‘But after she saw the love he had for me, she was like, “I don’t want her to live here anymore”.
‘It was a screaming-shouting-throwing-things fight. She was irate. [She screamed] “Get her out”.’
Cherry provided background vocals for Bowie’s 1975 Young Americans, but the couple broke up soon after. Five years later, Bowie and Angie divorced.
Cherry and Bowie had a brief reconciliation, but split when Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones invited Cherry to join the band on tour, Cherry said.
‘I think when David heard I was hanging out with Mick, he wouldn’t talk to me because I don’t think he wanted Mick and I to be alone,’ said.
Cherry, whose current single is That’s How Loneliness Goes, plans to record a tribute to Bowie on her upcoming album.
‘He was prolific in so many ways, and he was an innovator,’ she said. ‘I just took it in, every single thing. I drank in what he was feeding me.
‘It was a wonderful adventure. It was just a young girl’s dream to be with all these fantastic guys that were so talented and prolific.’
After nine years of marriage, Bowie and Angie (left) divorced in 1980. Cherry joined the Rolling Stones on tour shortly after she and Bowie broke up. Pictured right is Bowie and Jagger