David Bowie’s childhood friend is the reason why he had two different coloured eyes
David Bowie’s childhood friend, George Underwood, is the reason why the late music icon had his distinctive different coloured eyes.
Underwood, who went to school with Bowie, has revealed that the two had an argument over a girl which resulted in a playground fight. With both Underwood and Bowie liking the same girl, the two had a “short-lived falling out” in 1962 which turned physical.
According to Underwood, Bowie had forced his way into the reckoning in bid to date Carol Goldsmith, the girl they both liked having struck up a conversation at a 15th birthday party.
“Just to get the story straight, it was about a girl we both fancied,” artist Underwood told The Telegraph. “She came to my 15th birthday party – everyone was drunk at about eight, including David.
He added: “I was sensible and managed a date with her. David phoned me on the day and said she had told him she didn’t want to meet me because she wanted to go out with him.”
However, later that evening, Underwood visited his youth club only to find that the girl had been waiting with Bowie. “So I was very p*ssed off with him, and in the morning I got on the bus to school and overheard him talking about this girl he was going out with,” he said. “At break time I hit him [inadvertently causing one pupil to become permanently dilated, so Bowie’s eyes appeared to be different colours]. Later David said I did him a favour – everyone talks about his eyes, don’t they?”
The fight resulted in Bowie having a right eye blue in appearance while a left one a darker shade of brown, apparently due to suffering “a deep corneal abrasion and paralysis of his iris sphincter muscle.”
Bowie embraced his unique feature throughout his career as he donned his different stage personas right up until his death in 2016.