David Bowie thanked his childhood friend for punching him in the face, after the blow gave the star his different coloured eyes.
George Underwood, who was friends with Bowie from the age of nine, punched the singer when they were teenagers after they both became romantically interested in the same girl.
Describing the incident as a “short-lived falling out” in 1962, Mr Underwood told the Telegraph that tensions boiled over after Bowie meddled in his attempt to take Carol Goldsmith out on a date after she came to his 15th birthday party.
“Just to get the story straight, it was about a girl we both fancied,” Mr Underwood, now an artist, said. “She came to my 15th birthday party – everyone was drunk at about eight, including David.
“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, this did not stop Mr Underwood from going down to their local youth club later that evening, only to find out that Miss Goldsmith had been waiting for him all along.