On what would have been his 79th birthday, former Miss World Cindy Breakspear shared a heartfelt message to her former partner, Reggae legend Bob Marley.
Marley passed away in 1981 at the age of 36 from the skin cancer melanoma. Marley married Rita Marley in 1966 and remained married to the I Threes singer until his death. Breakspear later shared that she was not aware of the marriage initially and was already pregnant with their son, Damian, by the time Marley’s mother revealed it.
In addition to a posthumous birthday message to Marley on Tuesday, Breakspear also shared several photos of her, the Reggae artiste, and their son on her Instagram page. Among them is the now-famous photo of the couple on a beach.
The montage also included side-by-side pictures of Damian as a toddler and the Grammy-winning artiste as we know him now. Captioning the photographs, Breakspear noted the impact Marley has had globally and expressed that she cherishes the son that they share.
She further reminisced on the time they shared while he was still alive, highlighting the time they spent together in Jamaica and abroad.
“…the beautiful times we shared—from 56 Hope Road to your mother’s home in Delaware and Miami, New York, Oakley Street in London, The Bahamas, Trinidad, and beyond. The memories are countless, but our love for you is endless. Happy Birthday to the people’s hero, loved and revered by all,” Breakspear wrote.
Notably, Cindy disabled the comments section under the post.
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Breakspear met Marley prior to winning Miss World 1976 while she resided in Kingston at a flat in the 56 Hope Road compound where Marley lived and rehearsed with the Wailers. It was there the couple began their controversial romance.
The relationship would garner constant media attention, both because Marley was already married and because he was Rastafarian and she was an ‘uptown’ girl of light complexion.