Angie Bowie has decided to remain in the Celebrity Big Brother house after being informed of the death of her ex-husband David.
TV producers in the UK confirmed the mother-of-two's representatives spoke to her off-camera on Monday to tell her of the singer's passing as she continued to be cut off from the outside world on the show.
The American former model, 66, has been appearing on the Channel 5 reality show since last Tuesday and has been making headlines with her claims about her failed marriage to the legendary singer.
A statement from Channel 5 read: "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."
Following the passing of the 69-year-old star, the TV show's producers have confirmed they will be informing Angie of the news away from the cameras as soon as possible.
The sad turn of events had earlier prompted viewers to speculate if Angie will end up leaving the CBB house.
Bowie's death would make many of Angie's recent stories about their relationship inappropriate as she hasn't held back with her negative opinion of her ex-husband on the show.
Describing their divorce in an episode of the reality show last week, Angie admitted she hadn't seen Bowie for about 40 years.
She said: "I go to great lengths to avoid him. Did you think I was going to be polite, to be nice, so that people like me? No. It was terrible when we broke up, it was awful."
Bowie's death following an 18 month battle with cancer was announced on his official Facebook page.
A spokesman for the singer said: "David Bowie died peacefully surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."
Angie and David were married from 1970 to 1980, which produced a son, Zowie, who later changed his name to Duncan Jones.
Jones, an award-winning film-maker and screenwriter, has been estranged from his mother since he was 13.
Angie told viewers that her son "hates me", and accused Bowie of causing the rift. "I don't see him at all, he doesn't like me. I guess David told him not to [talk to me]. It does seem odd."
In a 2011 interview, Duncan told the Mail On Sunday's Live magazine: "We stopped communicating when I was 13 and it was the right choice then and I'm convinced it's still the right choice now. She's a woman who didn't have a very positive effect on my upbringing so I think it was the right move."
Jones posted a childhood photo with his dad, admitting he was devastated by his death.
- Daily Mail