David Bowie was “vulnerable and scared” of abandonment.
The late ‘Space Oddity’ star’s life will be the subject of a new BBC documentary ‘Finding Fame’, and his cousin Kristina Amadeus has opened up on the musician’s mental health during the film.
She said: “I think he was vulnerable and scared of being abandoned.
“But one of the porkies that David perpetuated for a very long time was that he came from a family where insanity seemed to be the norm, and it just wasn’t true.
“Yes, [his brother] Terry had his breakdown, but I believe it was a bad acid trip.”
The documentary – which is set to air on BBC Two on February 9 – was directed by Francis Whately, who was also the mind behind previous Bowie films ‘Five Years’ and ‘The Last Five Years’.
This third project reveals a period of the iconic singer’s life when he was a struggling and heartbroken musician.
Former flame Hermione Farthingale – who left him in 1969 and sparked the songs ‘Letter To Hermione’ and ‘Let Me Sleep Beside You’ – was also interviewed for the documentary.
She said: “We were soul mates, it wasn’t a one-sided relationship at any stage. We did fall in love, it took maybe five minutes maximum.”
While Bowie – who sadly lost a secret battle with cancer in January 2016 – was working in a photocopying shop with Hermione when they dated, he made sure not to settle as he worked towards superstardom.
Filmmaker Francis added: “This film should be shown in every secondary school. Keep on trying until you find your way.