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Evan Rachel Wood: 'David Bowie saved my life'

Published 13/06/2016

Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood "blacked out completely" when she met David Bowie as a teenager.

Actress Evan Rachel Wood credits late singer David Bowie with saving her life.

The bisexual star was lucky enough to meet the British legend when she was 15-years-old, and while she was so starstruck she can barely remember what happened, she insists the rocker was crucial in helping her accept her sexuality and who she really was.

"I met Bowie when I was 15 backstage at his Reality tour and blacked out completely," she recalled to Billboard. "I have no memory of the encounter except just looking into his different-coloured eyes.

"He saved my life. You couldn't define him, and when I was growing up, that’s how I felt about myself. I've struggled with gender norms my whole life, always feeling like I wasn't black-and-white; I was in this grey area, and grey areas really scare people because you can't define them."

Evan is now an advocate for LGBT rights but when she was younger, she was confused by her feelings, until David came into her life.

"It was like he was always producing this message of hope and understanding, always reaching out." she explained. "He was so in your face, but never in a 'f**k you' way. He was an ever-revolving, ever-changing work of art; so fluid, so unapologetic, but uplifting at the same time."

The Let's Dance singer passed away in January (16) after a secret battle with cancer. His death was announced while Evan was working on new music with her new duo, Rebel and A Basketcase.

"I grew up idolising David Bowie, and we were in the middle of writing the album when he died," she added. "It gave us a whole new source of inspiration, a feeling like we had to keep the torch burning.

"He's been propping me up throughout every chapter of my life and so it was so strange losing him the second I decided to put music out into the world... I guess that’s very profound."

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