Watch: David Bowie’s Ex-Wife Learned of His Death While in ‘Big Brother’ House, Chaos Ensued

Angela Bowie, David Bowie’s ex-wife, learned about his death while in the “Celebrity Big Brother” house in the U.K., and in her grief chose to share the information with fellow houseguest Tiffany “New York” Pollard. That information was then spectacularly misunderstood, and the kind of meltdown that fuels reality TV ensued.

After Bowie was informed about her ex-husband’s death by her representatives off-camera, she opted to continue filming the reality series — but the show’s producers still came under fire from viewers for including footage of Bowie grieving the late musician.

Things took an even more painful turn after Bowie chose to confide in one of her companions in the house. Pollard recognized that Bowie had been crying and asked what was wrong. The late musician’s ex-wife had been notified of his death and decided to privately tell Pollard about it, saying simply, “David died.” This was where the train derailed.

Pollard believed that Bowie was talking about another contestant in the house, Liza Minnelli’s ex-husband David Gest, and began to panic. She asked how he died, and Bowie said he died of cancer and that it “just happened.” Pollard proceeded to tell the rest of the housemates, despite Bowie’s pleas not to, and after a major meltdown, the houseguests took Pollard to Gest’s bed, where he had been sleeping.

Rather than calming her down, Pollard become more upset after learning that Gest was alive and became convinced that Bowie tried to trick her on purpose.

Despite viewer complaints, “Big Brother” stood by its editing decisions for the episode, releasing a statement to Buzzfeed: “It is always the show’s aim to represent and reflect the day’s events accurately to viewers.”

David Bowie died Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer. He had just turned 69.

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  1. Todd Darrah says:

    It safims me to know that Some people will do just about anything, won’t they? How low can you go?

  2. S.L. says:

    This show looks like the visual image of hell on earth. Who watch this crap??? These people are disgusting.

  3. mazal chajbi says:

    I think he wanted people to remember him for his songs. His last album was released only a few days ago. It creates an unforgettable …

  4. lee says:

    I think the outcry’s out of proportion, I’ve a feeling Viz comic fan Bowie might have found this ridiculous show descending into something beyond farce pretty hilarious.

  5. timeranna63 says:

    I really agree, How can 1 be a bitch . She should say sorry to Angela and show support due to her lost then be a Bitch of her own misunderstanding..

  6. Diana Park says:

    ummmmm, I think some of that is real…..She has history with him, and also had a child with him…

  7. gkn says:

    Disgusting. The most tasteless voyeurism I’ve seen in awhile.

  8. Steve McKay says:

    The combined IQ in this video is still smaller than the calories this slice of cheese I’m holding right now.

  9. Mike says:

    They told the ex off camera. She chose to bring it into the show.

  10. tonilost says:

    how did that lowlife Pollard make someone’s grief all about her? Angie was there before Bowie made it and besides being nutty she was part of his first successes. When they came to NY together in the early 70’s they went to see the NY Dolls, the rest is history.

    • well if ur family member died won’t u want comfort as u grief.. I would and deathg ain’t easy to take alone. It be plastic if U gone one and not letting it out and hey it no secret the world knows the world. cries. so she has the rights to express her feeling since Big brother told her. Until some1 over reacted then gave support..

  11. Sharon Duncan says:

    Almost speechless. I said almost. This isn’t the place nor the time to speak though. Came across this shit accidentally. In consideration and respect for family and friends talk this crap down.

  12. Marie says:

    Wonder why she couldn’t show this type of sincerity when he was alive and she was talking sh*t about him.

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