‘Celebrity Big Brother’ criticised for airing footage of Angie Bowie crying upon hearing news of ex-husband’s death

'CBB' housemate was married to the late musician from 1970-1980

Channel 5 and Celebrity Big Brother have been criticised after broadcasting footage of David Bowie‘s first wife Angie Bowie in tears after being informed of her former husband’s death.

The sad news was broken to Angie Bowie off camera yesterday, with Monday night’s episode teasing a clip of the housemate discussing the tragic news in the show’s diary room. The full footage is expected to air on Tuesday evening.

Angie Bowie is shown saying: “I haven’t seen him in so many years, I can’t make a big drama out of it. It just feels like an era has ended with his passing. I’m just so very sad… Stardust is gone.”

The decision to show footage of Angie Bowie crying has led to much criticism from viewers. One fan wrote: “C5’s decision to show Angie Bowie’s reaction to the news of the death of her ex-husband, for entertainment purposes, is indefensible”.


Upon hearing of the news of David Bowie’s death, Angie Bowie has decided to remain on the show.

The Channel 5 representative said: “​Following the very sad news of David Bowie’s death, we can now confirm that Angie Bowie has been informed off camera by her representatives. She has taken the decision to continue in the programme. “

“The decision to remain in the house is entirely her choice, and she has been given the option to leave at any time if she changes her mind. Appropriate support will be available to Angie at any time if needed.”

Angie Bowie was married to David Bowie from 1970 to 1980, and is the mother of his son Duncan Jones.

Angie Bowie entered the Celebrity Big Brother house last Tuesday (January 4), and discussed the impact of her divorce from David Bowie on the show. “I got a really bad broken heart when we split up, ’cause I didn’t have a job. My job was managing David and I had no job, I was off loaded and I couldn’t work with anyone else as a manager. That’s the reason why I was heartbroken,” she told fellow housemates.

READ: David Bowie: The NME Obituary