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David Bowie's secret 'tragic' relationship with Perry Farrell


Jane’s Addiction star Perry Farrell has confessed he had a “tragic relationship” with David Bowie as he kept “screwing up” and letting him down.

The pair became friends years ago but fell out after Perry made a series of blunders that “annoyed” his musical hero.

The rocker said the relationship deteriorated after he lost his phone and accidentally gave away the secretive star’s phone number.

In an interview with NME , he explained: “I kept screwing up as a young man.

“I would do stupid things, like one time I left my cellphone in a cab.

“The cab driver got a hold of it and started texting him, ‘Yo, David, what’s up?’ in my name

“Then [Bowie] would be like, ‘Perry, what are you doing?’ This guy was constantly texting him and trying to get hold of him.”

Perry Farrell with David Bowie, and Pixies star Frank Black, Ian Astbury and Depeche Mode star Martin Gore

He said Bowie wasn’t angry but was a bit “annoyed”.

However, it worse when Perry accidentally did it again – this time giving away Bowie’s private email address.

He went on: “So I thought, ‘I do want to help this person, and I’m going to get David Bowie to help me too!’

“I forwarded the [email] to David and it had maybe a chain of 200 people…

“I didn’t understand about blind CCing in those days, so I effectively gave, like, 200 people access to David’s private email.

“Again he texted back, saying, ‘Perry, what are you doing?'”

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Perry thought he would finally get a chance to make it up to the superstar after Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti invited him to take part in a musical event celebrating his music.

However, Bowie died in 2016 before the concert in New York could take place.

Perry is refusing to give up though and he’s now determined to make up with Bowie in the afterlife.

He added: “I never use the term ‘dead’, because I do know that the afterlife people are very much conscious – so maybe I’ll have the chance to catch up with him some day and thank him for being such an amazing artist that I really studied and aspired to be.”

Bowie died in January, 2016 at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer.

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