“Celebrity Big Brother” contestants are normally cut off from the outside world, but producers of the Channel 5 series made the decision to break that rule on Monday following the death of singer David Bowie. Bowie’s ex-wife, Angie, is currently a contestant on the UK reality series.

According to Us Weekly, Angie, 66, entered the Big Brother house just last week. Although the contestants have been banned from using phones, the official Twitter page for the UK’s “Big Brother” revealed that they would be informing David Bowie’s ex about his death.

A rep for Channel 5 told Us Weekly that they can confirm Angie was told the “very sad news” off camera. The "Big Brother" UK Twitter sent out another update, revealing that Angie decided to stay on this season of “Celebrity Big Brother.” However, she has been given the option to leave at any time.

David Bowie met Angie in 1969 when she was just 19 years old. They married the following year and had their first and only son, Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones in 1971. The two officially divorced in February 1980.

Angie just recently opened up her split from the musician, revealing that they don’t speak and that she hasn’t seen him in 40 years.

“I go to great lengths to avoid him,” Angie explained before entering the Big Brother house (via UK Mirror). "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. He came to visit at first, and then he didn't want to visit me anymore."

Meanwhile, Duncan Jones released a statement on his father’s death, along with an old photo of him via Twitter.

David Bowie died Sunday, Jan. 10 after an 18 month battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.