Producers of Australia’s Big Brother say they haven’t told a contestant that her father died last week, but say they’re acting according to her family’s wishes.

Personal trainer Emma Cornell, 24, is competing in the show filmed in a purpose-built house on Queensland state’s Gold Coast, reports CNN.

Her father, Raymond, died of cancer last Wednesday and was buried on Monday in Adelaide, said a spokesman for Big Brother’s producer, Endemol Southern Star.

The spokesman, who declined to be named, said the family had asked the producers not to tell Cornell about her father’s death. “We’re abiding by her family’s wishes in not informing her,” he said.

“It wasn’t a difficult decision. We’re just respecting their wishes.”

However, Chris Hall, director of the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, said Emma Cornell was entitled to know of her loss.

“To withhold this information is a breach of trust,” Hall said. “She should be told as soon as possible in a private and sensitive way, and be given choices how she deals with that information.”

Emma’s boyfriend, Tim Stanton, told the Sydney Daily Telegraph newspaper that Cornell knew her father was gravely ill, but his death would shock her because he was not expected to die so soon.

Big Brother has had even more problems in Australia than the UK version, with two men ejected from the house last year for molesting a woman.