BRUCE DICKINSON – who was married to Paddy Bowden from 1990-2019 – reportedly felt his now-estranged wife seemed to be “happier and more settled” before she tragically died.
Iron Maiden star Bruce Dickinson, 61, has opened up on his relationship with ex-wife Paddy Bowden, who tragically died on Monday. The heavy metal singer reportedly felt that Paddy was in a “good place” before she passed away.
While Bruce and Paddy were married for 29 years, the couple filed for divorce in November last year.
Bruce moved to Paris with Leana Dolci, 46, and despite splitting from Paddy, the star felt their relationship had “improved”.
A source revealed Paddy and Bruce were in “a good place” although their divorce proved to be “difficult”.
Friends of the rocker who was reportedly “stunned” by the passing of his former spouse, told The Sun: “Paddy has had her issues and of course the divorce was difficult, as it would be for anyone, but actually things between her and Bruce were much better.”
They went on to explain how Bruce hoped Paddy was feeling “happier” before she had passed away.
“Shes taken some time away and he was living in Paris but their divorce was progressing surprisingly smoothly and the family remained close as a whole, so Bruce hoped she might be happier and more settled.”
Express.co.uk contacted a representative on behalf of Bruce Dickinson for comment and they responded with: “There isnt any further comment from Bruce.”
Paddy and Bruce shared their three children, Kia, 28, Austin, 29 and Griffin, 27 together.
The singer song-writer confirmed the devastating news in a statement which read: “This is a tragedy which appears to be a tragic accident.
“Our children and I are devastated,” the father-of-three continued.
Bruce concluded: “Out of respect for Paddy we wont be making any further comment at this hugely painful time for our family.”
A spokesperson confirmed emergency services attended her Chiswick home in West London.
They stated: “We were called at 9.42am today to reports of a person unwell in Barrowgate Road, Chiswick.
“We sent two ambulance crews to the scene – the first one arriving within two minutes.”
They concluded: “Sadly, the patient had already died.”
It comes four years after Bruce had beaten his stage three throat cancer.
Bruce was given the all-clear six months after his chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
Speaking about surviving cancer with Rolling Stone magazine, the star spoke about his enthusiasm to live.
Bruce explained: “Living is living now, every minute, every second, for right now.”
The singer admitted he thought about dying as soon as he was diagnosed with the disease.
He told NME: “Frankly as soon as I was diagnosed [I considered it]. But it wasnt in the forefront of my mind because I wasnt dying at that moment.”