Is David Bowie Jewish?

David Bowie was not Jewish. The singer and songwriter was born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947 in Brixton, south London. His mother, Margaret Mary "Peggy" (née Burns), from Kent, worked as a waitress, while his father, Haywood Stenton "John" Jones, from Yorkshire, was a promotions officer for the children's charity Barnardo's. The family lived near the border of the south London areas of Brixton and Stockwell.

Regarding David Bowie's religion, he said, in 2005, "Questioning my spiritual life has always been germane to what I was writing. Always." He added that he was bothered by being "not quite an atheist".

Bowie showed an interest in Buddhism that began in 1967. He frequently studied in London under the Tibetan Lama Chime Rinpoche before becoming a solo artist. During a 2001 interview, Bowie claimed that "after a few months of study, he told me, 'You don't want to be Buddhist ... You should follow music.'"Bowie later wrote the song "Silly Boy Blue" in tribute to Rinpoche on his 1967 album David Bowie. In the 1960s he also studied with the crazy wisdom tulku Chögyam Trungpa.

While David Bowie was not Jewish, he did take classes in the Jewish mystical tradition of Kabbalah. David Bowie died on January 10, 2016 from a months long battle with cancer. He was married to the supermodel Iman and the couple has one daughter, Lexi.

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