Angela Bowie, the ex-wife to late singer David Bowie, broke down in tears on UK’s reality television program Celebrity Big Brother upon learning of his death on Monday. The 66-year-old former model’s brief emotional moment soon became viral as well as an instant teaser for the reality show’s next episode.
According to ET Online, the show’s producers are facing public scrutiny from fans who are angry that the popular reality show decided to use Bowie’s breakdown as promotional material. Some even described the teaser as being simply “disgraceful”.
“Really low and degrading from Channel 5 in broadcasting Angie Bowie’s reaction to hearing her ex-husband’s death,” wrote Twitter user Daniel Jenks, echoing similar posts made by other Celebrity Big Brother fans
Really low and degrading from Channel 5 in broadcasting Angie Bowie's reaction to hearing her ex-husband's death.
— Daniel Jenks (@DanielJenks89) January 11, 2016
Really distasteful from Channel 5 regarding showing Angie Bowie's reaction to the sad news of her ex-husband. Unnecessary ????
— Lily Hayes (@lil_hayes) January 11, 2016
First time Channel 5 have ever shown a "tomorrow on Big Brother" and its a clip of Angie grieving over David Bowie death. Disgraceful #cbb
— Greig Scott (@greigeh) January 12, 2016
Celebrity Big Brother responded back to critics and argued that Angela was told the tragic news off camera by her agent. Furthermore, she was also the one who chose to speak about David’s death in the Diary Room.
For those asking – Angie was told the tragic news about David Bowie off camera by her agent, then spoke to BB about it in the Diary Room.
— Big Brother UK (@bbuk) January 11, 2016
According to Us Weekly, contestants are barred from using telephones and are also prohibited from communicating with the outside world while being on the hit reality show.
Angela, who was married to the late rocker from 1970 to 1980, has already said that she would be staying put on Celebrity Big Brother. The show announced her decision on Monday.
“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,” Celebrity Big Brother said. “Appropriate support will be available to Angie at any time if needed.”
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In an episode of Celebrity Big Brother, Angela described her split from the rock legend, adding that they haven’t seen each other in over 40 years. “I go to great lengths to avoid him,” she admitted. “It was terrible when we broke up, it was awful,” she added, of her split with the musician in 1980.
Angela was just 19-years-old when she first met David. She starred in the 1973 Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars film and was a source of inspiration for Bowie’s hit songs, such as “The Prettiest Star,” “Golden Years” and “Cracked Actor.” Their son, Duncan Jones, who confirmed the singer’s death on Sunday, January 10, is estranged from Angie as well. Bowie had been married to Iman, a Somali-born model, since 1992.
David Bowie, whose talented work charmed millions of fans and influenced many artists and musicians across the world, passed away Sunday after enduring an 18-month battle with cancer. His death at the age of 69 came just two days after a release of a new album on his birthday. As a result, his passing has sparked a tremendous outpouring of tributes from celebrities and fans across the globe.
I'm devastated. David Bowie changed the course of my life forever. I never felt like I fit in growing up in… https://t.co/D1GnQzIRqw
— Madonna (@Madonna) January 11, 2016
RIP Bowie pic.twitter.com/uyOXmM2pYq
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) January 11, 2016
RIP to a true legend. David Bowie pic.twitter.com/hAfuRb67nv
— Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) January 11, 2016
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