Guns N' Roses' Slash Caught David Bowie Naked With His Mom
Maybe Slash (born Saul Hudson), 47, wears sunglasses all the time because there's something he's still trying not to see. Legendary Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, who was ranked No. 65 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2011, recently recalled a childhood incident in which he saw his mother, costume designer Ola Hudson, in a state of undress with rocker David Bowie, 65, whom she was dating at the time.
"My mum started working with David professionally at first," Slash told Australian radio station Triple M. "Then it turned into some sort of mysterious romance that went on for awhile after that. She did his wardrobe for his whole Thin White Duke period and The Man Who Fell to Earth movie that he did."
And then Slash, who was eight years old at the time, got an eyeful of a side of Bowie not everyone was able to see — or at least not often. "I caught them naked once," Slash revealed. "They had a lot of stuff going on, but my perspective was limited. Looking back on it, I know exactly what was going on," he laughed. "When I look back on that whole combination of people, I can only imagine how freaky it was."
Bowie and Hudson reportedly dated after she had broken up with Slash's father, explaining why Slash has referred to himself as "resentful" of the relationship in the past. "He was the new guy in the house," Slash explained to Rolling Stone in 1990.
Perceptions change, however. Now Slash remembers Bowie as "cool ... I liked David a lot," he said.
Hudson, who also had a career designing for John Lennon and Ringo Starr, 72, died of lung cancer in 2009 at the age of 64. Bowie celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary with supermodel Iman, 57, in June.
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