David Bowie and Iman had a storybook romance for 25 years

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Weeks before their 1992 wedding, David Bowie described his bride-to-be Iman as "a smoky blend of Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn" and two decades later in a 2002 interview she candidly told PEOPLE that she "still fancies him."

Bowie, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 69, two days after his birthday, had a storybook romance with the stunning Somali-born model. Their decision to keep their love story out of the spotlight, despite their superstar status, is what made them extremely endearing.

At points, they would remark about how they were just two people who fell in love with each other.

"I fell in love with David Jones," the supermodel told the Guardian in 2014, in reference to her husband's real name. "Bowie is just a persona," she explained. "He's a singer, an entertainer. David Jones is a man I met."

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David Bowie and Iman together through the years
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David Bowie and Iman had a storybook romance for 25 years
David Bowie and Iman (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
David Bowie and Iman in Wembley, London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Iman and David Bowie (Photo by Rose Hartman/WireImage)
Iman and David Bowie during Eduard Nakhamkin Fine Arts Gallery Benefiting The American Cancer Society - November 27, 1990 at Eduard Nakhamkin Fine Arts Gallery in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
David Bowie and Iman during Eduard Nakhamkin Fine Arts Gallery Benefiting The American Cancer Society - November 27, 1990 at Eduard Nakhamkin Fine Arts Gallery in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
David Bowie and Iman at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City, New York (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Iman and David Bowie during '7th On Sale' To Benefit AIDS Research - November 29, 1990 at 69th Regiment Armory in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED KINGDOM - CIRCA 1991: David Bowie's 1st Solo Art Exhibition, David Bowie And Iman (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - CIRCA 1991: World Aids Day Concert 'Symphony Of Hope', At Wembley Arena, London, David Bowie And Iman (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - CIRCA 1991: David Bowie_iman At The 'Sunset Boulevard' Adelphi Theatre Londaon, Davidbowieretro (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Iman and David Bowie during 'The Josephine Baker Story' Los Angeles Premiere at Director's Guild in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Iman & David Bowie during 'La Femme Nikita' Premiere at Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Iman and David Bowie during David Bowie and Iman at Spago's Restaurant - April 4, 1991 at Spago's in West Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 18: Iman and David Bowie at Les Bains douches during a soir?e dedicated to Francesca Dellera, on 18th September 1991 in Paris.(Photo by Alexis DUCLOS/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
David Bowie and his wife Iman - 'Bulgari' party in Paris - 1991. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
Iman and David Bowie during Unveiling of the 1991 Holiday Windows at Barneys at Barneys in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
David Bowie and Iman outside a theater, New York, New York, 1992. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Getty Images)
David Bowie & Iman during 1992 Cable ACE Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
David Bowie and Iman during 'Freejack' Los Angeles Premiere at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
David Bowie and Iman during 'Shakes The Clown' Los Angeles Premiere at Academy Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
British rock singer David Bowie and his wife Iman attends the premiere of the film, 'Nell,' directed by Jodie Foster, New York City, 1994. (Photo by Mark Freed/Getty Images)
English musician, singer-songwriter, and actor, David Bowie, with his wife, Somali fashion model, actress and entrepreneur, Iman, attend the 'Africa' opening, 1994. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Iman and David Bowie (Photo by Rose Hartman/WireImage)
LONDON - APRIL 20: Musician David Bowie and wife Iman at his art show on April 20, 1995 in London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Iman and David Bowie (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Iman and David Bowie (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Iman and David Bowie during 6th Annual New York Shakespeare Festival Benefit at Manhattan Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 27: Iman and husband David Bowie auctioning off celebrity plates to benefit Childrens Defense Fund's Black Community Crusade for Children at Denise Rich's penthouse. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Iman and David Bowie during David Bowie's 50th Birthday Celebration Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 03: Iman and David Bowie are on hand for the 16th annual CFDA Awards Gala at the New York State Theater. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Rock music superstar David Bowie (R) and his wife, supermodel Iman smile as they pose for photos after Bowie received a star on the world famous Walk of Fame 12 February in Hollywood, CA. Bowie, whose changing persona has marked him as one of rock music's most dynamic performers over the last three decades, recently released his latest album 'Earthlings.' (Photo credit should read VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 20: David Bowie, and wife Iman in London to launch his new Publication, and Publishing company, on May 20 1997, in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by UK Press via Getty Images)
David Bowie and wife Iman arrive at the 1999 MTV Music Video Awards held at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center in New York City on September 9, 1999. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect)
David Bowie and Iman during 'Meet Joe Black' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
Musician David Bowie and model Iman attend Seventh on Sale AIDS Benefit on November 29, 1990 at the Armory in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
370128 01: (USA SALES ONLY) Iman (L) and David Bowie at a fund raiser for The Urban League in New York City, Nov. 23, 1999. (Photo by Iris Zimmerman/Online USA/Newsmakers)
David Bowie and wife Iman during David Bowie Concert at Roseland at Roseland in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Iman and David Bowie at the gala benefit screening of the film 'Pollock' for the Film & Media Arts Program of the Guggenheim Museum, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. 11/20/2000 (Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect)
Iman and David Bowie backstage during Tibet House Benefit Concert 2001 at Carnegie Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Iman and David Bowie (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Iman & David Bowie (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
LONDON - JULY 9: Singer David Bowie and his wife Iman attend the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party at the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens July 9, 2002 in London, England. (Photo by John Li/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 09: Iman and husband David Bowie arrive at the Ziegfeld Theater for the premiere of the movie 'The Gangs of New York.' (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 3: Model Iman and husband, musician David Bowie attend the amFAR Benefit Honors Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on February 3, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
David Bowie and Iman during Liv Tyler's Wedding Reception - New York in West Village, New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Bill Davila/FilmMagic)
David Bowie and Iman during Costume Institute Benefit Dance: 'Party of the Year' - Arrivals at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MAY 1: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Model Iman (L) and her husband musician David Bowie attend the Vanity Fair 2003 Tribeca Film Festival launch party at The State Supreme Courthouse May 1, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agos
NEW YORK - MAY 5: (U.S. TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Singer David Bowie (R) and his wife model Iman stand backstage at The Film Society of Lincoln Center's Tribute to Susan Sarandon at Avery Fisher Hall May 5, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) David Bowie and Iman (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Iman and David Bowie during Interview Celebrates The Publication of Andy Warhol's Interview: The Crystal Ball of Pop Culture - The Best of the First Decade 1969-1979 at Stephan Weiss Studio in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Iman and David Bowie during 4th Annual Tribeca Film Festival - Vanity Fair Party at New York Supreme Court in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - JUNE 06: Model Iman and her husband David Bowie attend the 2005 CFDA Awards at the New York Public Library June 6, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Iman, Heidi Klum, Seal and David Bowie (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Iman and David Bowie at the Cipriani at 23rd St in New York, (Photo by Shawn Ehlers/WireImage)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 01: (US TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Singer David Bowie and his wife model Iman attend the Broadway opening of 'The Color Purple' at the Broadway Theatre December 1, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Iman and David Bowie during 5th Annual Tribeca Film Festival - Vanity Fair Party at The State Supreme Courthouse in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) David Bowie and Iman (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK - APRIL 24: Iman and husband David Bowie arrive for the Vanity Fair 2007 Tribeca Film Festival party at The State Supreme Courthouse April 24, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images For Tribeca Film Festival)
David Bowie and Iman (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 25: Iman and David Bowie at The 4th Annual 'Black Ball'Concert for 'Keep A Child Alive' Arrivals (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 23: David Bowie and Iman at the vanity fair Tribeca Film Festival Party held at The NY State Supreme Courthouse... (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
(L-R) Model Iman and musician David Bowie attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala 'Superheroes: Fashion And Fantasy' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: *Exclusive* (NO ITALY SALES) David Bowie and Iman inside Keep A Child Alive's 5th annual Black Ball at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 13, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK - APRIL 30: Iman and Musician David Bowie attend the premiere of 'Moon' during the 8th Annual Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) NEW YORK - OCTOBER 15: *Exclusive* Iman and David Bowie at Hammerstein Ballroom during Keep A Child Alive's 6th Annual Black Ball hosted by Alicia Keys and Padma Lakshmi on October 15, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JUNE 07: Model Iman (L) and musician David Bowie attend the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 7, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28: Musician David Bowie and supermodel Iman attend the DKMS' 5th Annual Gala: Linked Against Leukemia honoring Rihanna & Michael Clinton hosted by Katharina Harf at Cipriani Wall Street on April 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for DKMS)
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The pair first met at a party in Los Angeles. Rumor has it, Bowie was immediately smitten while Iman was more reserved. He once joked that he was so captured by her beauty he picked out their children's names -- she was more reserved. Both Iman and Bowie were previously married. Iman was married to basketball star Spencer Haywood and had a daughter, Zulekha Haywood, while Bowie was married to model and now reality star Angela Bowie.

Ultimately the pair couldn't resist the attraction and they tied the knot in a romantic and private ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland. They later had a child together, Alexandria Zahra Jones. Throughout their marriage, the pair often joked about what made their marriage work.

"David doesn't fight," Iman told Harper's Bazaar in an interview. "He is English, so he just stays quiet. I'm the screamer. Then he always makes me laugh. It's like cabaret. I keep him entertained, too. I still fancy him – totally! – after all these years."

David explained that the two have a special trick for keeping their relationship hot. "Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation generally does the trick!" he said in an interview with PEOPLE in 2005.

The day of his death, Iman filled her Instagram account with photos of her longtime love from his fans. She also shared a touching quote: "You will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory."

While the book may be closed on their storybook romance, the memories will live on long after.

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