WASHINGTON, April 22 (UPI) -- Former supermodel Iman and widow of late musician David Bowie revealed a secret to their lasting marriage in an interview conducted before his death.
"We both understand the difference between the person and the persona," the 60-year-old model said. "When we are home we are just Iman and David. We're not anybody else."
"You have to be at the right time in your life that you're ready for an everlasting relationship, that it becomes first and a priority in your life," she added.
The interview was conducted before Bowie's death in January.
She advised young women looking to "have it all" to prioritize instead. "If your career is important to you, don't get married and have children, because something will give," she said. "I know we as women, we want to be able to have it all, but we can't have it all at the same time. So make your priority of what you want at that time."
Iman and David Bowie married in 1992 after knowing each other for two years. The pop star died of cancer on Jan. 10 in New York. He was 62 years old.
The model's mother, Maryan Baadi Abdulmajid, died shortly after her husband. She announced the news on Twitter in early April.
"She instilled ... the fact that nobody can take your self-worth unless you give your consent," she said of her mother in a 2014 interview. "She always said to me that there is nothing that the boys can do -- because I had two brothers -- that you can't do, if not better."