David Bowie's ex-wife Angie has given her first interview since the singer's death. The 66-year-old, who was told the tragic news while taking part in Celebrity Big Brother, said that she had no idea David was ill, but that she had no regrets about their lack of contact.
The pair married when Angie was 20 and stayed together for ten years before their divorce. The exes had one child together, Duncan, who is estranged from his mother.
Recalling the moment she was told David had died, Angie said: "It was fine except I couldn't believe it. I thought I would die first. I don't think anyone knew [he'd been unwell]."
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Angie Bowie said she had "no regret whatsoever" about her and David's lack of contact
"In fact let me take this opportunity to say I think he staged his passing rather well," she said. "Our rancour with each other almost kept us going and I realised I wasn't angry anymore and I thought, 'oh my God'."
The former model, who was making an appearance on Loose Women, added that she had "no regret whatsoever" about their distance. "He was obnoxious when he was obnoxious and that's it," she said. "But I realised the possibility that I would never hear from him again."
Angie was also asked about her relationship with her film director son, who was born Zowie and later changed his name to Duncan Jones.
"Last time I saw him he was 13 or 14," said Angie of her estranged son Duncan
"I had Zowie for David," she said. "I said to him I will never fight you for custody. David and his father were this close and what kind of a person would I be if I used my son as a weapon in my tool belt when we got divorced? Is that not disgusting behaviour?
"Last time I saw him he was 13 or 14. It wasn't a tricky age, he was busy working, studying doing what children do, what I did at 13 and 14."
"Yeah I'm sorry I don't really have much else to say about it," she concluded. "That's how I feel about it and it hurts me and when something hurts me I put it in something in the back of my head and I close the door. You can ask me till you're blue in the face and I will say, 'yeah whatever'."
After the breakdown of their marriage Angie had a relationship with punk musician Drew Blood, the father of her daughter Stacia. Since 1993 she has been in a long-term relationship with Michael Gassett.