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"When I was 14 I fell in love with a girl. I was crazy about her. Only trouble was, my best mate had a bit of a soft spot for her too, but I was the winner," Bowie told biographer Mark Spitz, according to the Daily Express. "I moved in before he'd even made up his mind about how to approach her. Next day I was at school boasting to my mate about what a Casanova I was and he became terribly annoyed. In fact he threw a punch at me.
"It caught me in the eye and I stumbled against a wall and onto my knees," Bowie added. "At first he thought I was kidding. It wasn't a very hard punch but obviously caught me at a rather odd angle."
George Underwood, Bowie's friend and then foe, also gave his two cents to Spitz. "He knew damn well why I did it," Underwood said. "We both wanted to go out with her and I was lucky enough to get a date. On the day of the date David rang me up and said that she had to cancel. So I didn't go but he had made up the whole story. The girl stood around for over an hour waiting for me as I discovered later. It was a bastard thing to do and I was furious with him, so it developed into a fight between us. And during the punch-up I caught his eye with a fingernail."
The sphincter muscles in Bowie's left eye were torn and after some operations, his pupil remains permanently open. "For quite a while I was very embarrassed about it," Bowie said. "Although I could see very well out of the eye, it made me self-conscious."