Tuesday 22 May 2018

Tears of Bowie's ex on 'Big Brother' anger fans

Bowie’s ex-wife, Angie, on the set of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’
Bowie’s ex-wife, Angie, on the set of ‘Celebrity Big Brother’
A woman reads a card as crowds place floral tributes beneath a mural of singer David Bowie in Brixton, London, yesterday

Rachel Alexander in New York

David Bowie's ex-wife Angie broke down on 'Celebrity Big Brother' on learning of his death from cancer.

Angry fans accused Channel 5 of exploiting his death for ratings on Monday night.

The British station insisted that she was told off camera yet still transmitted footage of the former model. The episode featured events from Sunday in the Big Brother House plus the new footage as part of a preview for Tuesday's show.

The 66-year-old was seen being comforted. "It's so very sad," she said. "Stardust has gone."

The couple split after 10 years and have one son, the successful film director Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones (44).

Sitting in the Diary Room, an emotional Angie said: "I haven't seen him for so many years. I can't make a big drama out of it ... I just feel like an era has ended with his passing ... I'm so very sad."

Through tears, she later added: "Stardust is gone."

She has been in the house since January 5 and opted to stay in after learning of her former husband's death.

Talking to fellow house mates about her decision, she said: "I'd prefer to be here but I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't. If I leave, I look callous. If I stay, I look callous."

The former model had previously spoken about her ex-husband several times after entering the house and accused him of turning their son against her. She said: "I don't see him (Duncan) at all. He doesn't like me. But my daughter loves me, so it's good."

On the question of why her son chose not to see her, she said: "I guess David told him not to."

She was married to Bowie from 1970 until their divorce in 1980. They had one son, Zowie, who later changed his name to Duncan.

Although producers said she had been informed of Bowie's death in private, viewers accused Channel 5 of using her grief in a "shameful" bid for ratings.

Thousands took to social media to express their outrage.

Meanwhile, the number of the entertainer's songs listened to online leapt by more than 2,000pc as the world mourned his death.

There was also a spike in fans tweeting their favourite Bowie songs, with his 1977 hit 'Heroes' proving the most popular.

Figures from global streaming service Spotify show there was a jump of 2,822pc in the hours following the announcement that he had died from cancer.

The latest available figures from iTunes show that all five top places on the UK album charts are occupied by Bowie, with his new album 'Blackstar' in first position.

The singer died from cancer in New York just days after celebrating his 69th birthday.

Bowie's death will be marked by a memorial concert at New York's Carnegie Hall on March 31. The concert, titled 'The Music of David Bowie', was already arranged before the star's death from cancer - but was originally intended as a tribute show.

A statement on the organisers' website said: "The unexpected death of David Bowie has turned this tribute, which we have worked on for the past seven months, into a memorial concert."

The show will feature a performance by Bowie's producer and collaborator Tony Visconti's house band, as well as Cyndi Lauper, The Roots, and Bettye Lavette. Up to 20 artists are expected to perform.

Tickets went on sale on Monday immediately following Bowie's death, and have now sold out. Previous concerts at Carnegie Hall have celebrated the music of Prince, Paul Simon and David Byrne.

The organisers added: "While the series has featured surprise appearances and performances of honorees several times in the past, this year's concert will certainly be remembered as a poignant celebration of his music by his friends, peers and fans.

"We are all deeply saddened by this news. The timing of our public on-sale date is bizarre ...and the show is taking on many more emotions."

Fans around the world raised a glass to their hero yesterday and drinkers at a dusty Outback pub toasted their most famous visitor. More than three decades ago, the mercurial musician made the 650km drive from Sydney to the tiny outpost of Carinda in parched western New South Wales state to shoot the video for his 1983 hit 'Let's Dance' at Carinda's only pub.

The pub's current owner, Malcolm George, said the town of fewer than 200 people hadn't known that Bowie was coming.

And they have never been allowed to forget the visit, which took their rustic watering hole to a global audience. "People still come in asking, 'Is this the pub where Bowie sang?'" George said.

Irish Independent

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