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When English singer, songwriter and rockstar David Bowie (David Robert Jones) passed away on 10 January 2016, the world sent their sympathies and prayers to his wife of over 20 years, supermodel Iman Abdulmajid.

Video screenshot, from Oprah: Where are they now?

The couple, who married in 1992, amidst much media interest, was also said to have one of the most successful marriages in Hollywood and amongst celebrities. 

While we took a look at the lessons we could learn from Iman and David, Iman herself, revealed what made their marriage work, in an exclusive interview with popular talkshow host, Oprah Winfrey, in Oprah: Where Are They Now?

Video screenshot, from Oprah: Where are they now?

Here are our key takeaways:

1. Separate work and your personal lives clearly
“My typical day includes looking at products, organising photoshoots, all that… and then by 3 o clock, I’m outta here. And I become total wife.

“We both understand the difference between the person and the persona. When we’re home, we are just Iman and David. We’re not anybody else.

2. Timing is everything
“I think the secret to a lasting marriage is timing. First of all, you have to be at the right time in your life that you’re ready for an ever-lasting relationship, that it becomes first, a priority in your life.

“If your career is important to you, don’t get married and have children. Because something will give. I know as women, we want to have it all. But we can’t have it all at the same time! So make your priority what you want at that time.”