Angie was called to the Diary Room and told the sad news that David had died from cancer aged 69 on Sunday.
Angie had not seen David for more than forty years and, at first, remained calm and composed.
“I haven’t seen him in so many years, I can’t make a big drama out of it,” she said. “I just feel like an era has ended with his passing. I’m so very sad.”
Breaking down in tears she added: “The stardust is gone.”
John Partridge and David Gest came to the Diary Room to offer support for Angie, who has decided to remain in the house.
“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,” a statement read.
David Bowie: Life in pictures
David Bowie: Life in pictures
David Bowie in 1960s
Davy Jones; life before David Bowie
David Bowie in 1964
David Bowie 'In Mime' at the Middle Earth Club, London, 1968
David Bowie in 1969
David Bowie performing his final concert as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, 1973
David Bowie in 1973
David Bowie, with his wife Angela (Angie) and his son Zowie, after receiving an award for his latest record "Ziggy stardust" in Amsterdam, 1974
David Bowie in the 1970s
David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, confirmed his death on Twitter
David Bowie in the 1980s
David Bowie gives a press conference presenting the Japanese movie 'Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence' directed by Nagisa Oshima, during the 36th International Film Festival in Cannes, 1983
David Bowie performs on stage during a concert in La Courneuve, 1987
David Bowie during his concert in West Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany, 1987
David Bowie shakes hands with Princess Diana, 1993
David Bowie autographs copies of his newest album 'Outside' at the grand opening of a Herald Square music store 26 September 1995 in New York
David Bowie performs at the Panathinaikos stadium in Athens during a rock festival, 1996
David Bowie and his wife, supermodel Iman smile as they pose for photos after Bowie received a star on the world famous Walk of Fame 12 February in Hollywood, 1997
David Bowie getting ready to perform 'Earthling' at the Phoenix Music Festival in 1997
David Bowie on stage performing during the Tibet House Benefit Concert in New York City, 2001
David Bowie Meltdown concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London, June 2002
David Bowie performing during his concert at the Stravinski hall stage of the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, 2002
David Bowie in 'Last Call with Carson Daly' TV programme taping in New York, 2003
David Bowie walks with his with wife Iman and daughter Alexandria (2) in New York, 2003
David Bowie performs on stage on the third and final day of 'The Nokia Isle of Wight Festival 2004' at Seaclose Park, in Newport, UK
David Bowie poses with a pig, 2004
David Bowie and Kate Moss at the 2005 CFDA Awards dinner party at the New York Public Library in New York City, 2005
David Bowie and model Iman arrive to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, 2008
David Bowie anf Tilda Swinton at the MoMA's 6th Annual Film Benefit in New York, 2013
Flowers are left below a mural of David Bowie on the wall of a Morley's store in Brixton on 11 January 2016
“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.”
The Diary Room scene was broadcast as a teaser at the end of Monday night’s Celebrity Big Brother, sparking a backlash and forcing a spokesperson for the show to clarify on Twitter that Angie had first heard the news from her agent off camera.
C5's decision to show Angie Bowie's reaction to the news of the death of her ex-husband, for entertainment purposes, is indefensible. #CBB— Rich Kemp (@mrrkkemp) January 11, 2016
So despicable that CBB showed Angie Bowie's reaction to her ex-husband's death even if she was told off camera. It should have been private.— Adrienne (@adriennerennie) January 12, 2016
I'm not sure what disgusts me more. That Angie Bowie has decided to stay on CBB, or that CBB is using a clip of her sobbing as promotion.— Labyrinth Wiki (@LabyrinthWiki) January 12, 2016
Disgusted at #CBB for showing the footage of Angie Bowie breaking down. What a hideous violation of her privacy.— Rachel Ellen Pugh (@Siren_Sister) January 12, 2016
CBB's decision to show Angie Bowie being told of David's death on camera is a new low. A private moment that should never become television.— Dave Vitty (@davidvitty) January 12, 2016
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
David and Angie married in 1970 but divorced ten years later. They had one son together, filmmaker Duncan Jones, who has been estranged from Angie since he was 13.
David Bowie’s unexpected death has sent shockwaves around the music world after he released new album Blackstar, a “parting gift” according to producer Tony Visconti, on his birthday last Friday.
Celebrity Big Brother continues at 9pm tonight on Channel 5.