MADONNA has remembered her late interior designer friend DAVID COLLINS by writing an emotional tribute as the introduction to an upcoming book of his work.
The Material Girl star mourned the loss of Collins last summer (Jul13), when he died just weeks after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer.
Madonna cleared her schedule to pay her respects at his funeral in Ireland and now she has written a foreword for David Collins Studio, a new book featuring his design work, which is due for release next month (Jun14).
She writes, "Yes, David helped me decorate my homes in New York and London... When I think of David, I think of blue. Then again, when I think of David, I feel blue - because I miss him! When I look around my houses in New York or London, I am struck by what an influence he has had on me. He has left his souvenirs everywhere: his touch, his taste, his flair and his blue. He has influenced the way my homes look, of course, but he's had a much bigger impact on my life.
"He showed up when I was feeling lonely and working in London for a long period of time without a single friend to drink with, gossip with or cry on the shoulder of."
She continues, "After I gave birth to my son Rocco, I was feeling fat and unattractive and convinced that I resembled a milk truck. David took me shopping, bought me slimming clothes... He threw a corset at me and insisted we go dancing to sweat off those extra pounds of baby fat - such a sensible man!... In my darkest hours (and there were plenty of those) he always managed to say something that made me laugh and stop feeling sorry for myself...
"When he found out he was sick, he underplayed it. And because of this, I was not able to be there for him in the final weeks of his life and I never got a chance to say goodbye. So David, wherever you are, I hope you are reading this. I miss you."