They may have had very different public personas but, back in the Seventies, Lulu and David Bowie were drawn to each other. He was struck by her voice. For her, well, he was David Bowie.
She’s talked about their affair regularly over the years, since she wrote about it in her 2002 autobiography, I Don’t Want to Fight. “Has there ever been an odder couple?” she asked in that book.
"When he focused on me I felt like the only person in the room, in the universe, I found him intoxicating. It was the sexual chemistry which drew us together,” she wrote.
"He was just mesmeric and he had the best thighs I had ever seen.
"I was drawn to him but I knew it was never going to last. David wanted the darkness to emerge in me and if I had hung around long enough I could easily have become lost in it.
"His scene at the time was very druggy and weird and I never felt very comfortable with it."
Despite her secret affair with a man that her mother saw as“an “anti-Christ figure”, she says to the Daily Mail that she spent her early life craving convention and normalcy. “I was programmed to think that the answer to life was a white picket fence and three children, you know, the happy-ever-after. And it’s unrealistic,” she says. “When I was younger I was probably completely ruled by my emotions. But now that’s not the case because I put so much work into looking at myself objectively.”
When they were working together, he also, famously, suggested that she lose weight. Though many would balk at such an impertinence, Lulu says that she was not bothered. “He wasn’t suggesting I should lose weight because he fancied me more that way,’ she wrote. ‘It was more a professional observation. He was one of the pioneers of the emaciated, heroin-chic look and he thought it would help my career. It was typical of David.”
Though Bowie was notorious in his youth for his sexual appetite, the number of those who would wish to have a sexual relationship with him far outweighed those that did. And, today, she still feels very flattered that he singled her out.
“A thousand million times,” she adds. “I was not cool and he was cool, so I was unbelievably flattered.
“I think it influenced my life. But then I married [celebrity hairdresser] John Frieda. I didn’t stick around with David Bowie.”
Indeed, when asked if she had desired the children and white picket fence with Bowie, the answer is a resounding no. “That never even entered the frame.”
Lulu’s marriage to Frieda lasted for 14 years, until they divorced in 1992 – a time which Lulu has previously described “excruciating”. But the following year, Lulu’s career was boosted by another unlikely partnership, and another unexpected fling followed.
When she recorded the number one single Relight My Fire with Take That – then the biggest boy band in the world – she, then aged 44, and the 23-year-old Jason Orange had a very brief dalliance. However, she refuses to comment on whether she’s single at the moment.
Yet she does reveal who her current crush is: Barack Obama. “I want to meet him. It’s not that I want to take him away from his wife. I just think he’s fabulous. I’ve always had a crush on him. He’s just an amazing person. I like the way he thinks. He’s unreal,” she says.
Since Bowie, and an unusually high number of other stars, passed away in 2016, those who have been left behind have been coming to terms with the loss. When Bowie died in January 2016, Lulu did not know that he was ill, and had not spoken to him for years. “It’s so shocking when people like Bowie just die like that. George Michael just died like that – no warning. I mean someone like Leonard Cohen, we knew he was going to die, but even so…”