Zoe Ball ‘dumps’ hus­band Fat­boy Slim fol­low­ing 18 years of mar­riage

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Zoe Ball, 45, and Nor­man Cook, 53, - bet­ter known as Fat­boy Slim - have split af­ter 18 years of mar­riage.

The cou­ple an­nounced their sep­a­ra­tion on Satur­day but said they will re­main ‘great friends’ and con­tinue to co-par­ent their two chil­dren.

In a state­ment, the pair wrote: ‘With great sad­ness we are an­nounc­ing that we have sep­a­rated.’

The state­ment con­tin­ued: ‘Af­ter many ex­cit­ing ad­ven­tures to­gether over the last 18 years we have come to the end of our rain­bow.

‘We are still great friends and will con­tinue to sup­port each other and raise our beau­ti­ful chil­dren to­gether, liv­ing next door but one.’

A source told The Sun: ‘Zoe packed her bags and left. They have been ar­gu­ing a lot re­cently and she de­cided she’d had enough.’

The news­pa­per claims the mar­riage has been in trou­ble since Au­gust when the cou­ple fought dur­ing a trip to Ibiza.

The source added: ‘There was a row about her drink­ing and it all came out then. Zoe is sup­posed to be dry but she has been go­ing out drink­ing more and more with girl­friends.’

The news of their split comes nine months af­ter Zoe was seen em­brac­ing Franklin Lake singer Tay Tay Starhz, 22, at the De­cem­ber 2015 fes­tive wrap party for Strictly Come Danc­ing’s BBC2 spin-off show It Takes Two.

Zoe re­port­edly met the ris­ing pop star at Soho’s Free­dom night­club in the early hours of the morn­ing.

She re­vealed she was feel­ing worse for wear on Twit­ter the fol­low­ing day, writ­ing: ‘Ouch. It Takes Two wrap party last night. Piecing to­gether the crews drunken an­tics in Soho.’ (sic)

A spokesman for Zoe dis­missed her an­tics on the night out, in­sist­ing: ‘This was noth­ing more than a silly mo­ment at a Christ­mas party that meant ab­so­lutely noth­ing.’

Fur­ther play­ing down the in­ci­dent, Zoe later joked of her hus­band: ‘He has al­ways said he wants his grave­stone to read, “Nor­man was a very pa­tient man.” And that sums it up re­ally!’

The cou­ple have a six-year-old daugh­ter Nelly and 16-year-old son Woody to­gether.

Their ro­mance be­gan in 1997 af­ter they met in Ibiza and they mar­ried two years later - but split briefly in 2003 when it emerged she had an af­fair with a close friend of her hus­band’s DJ Dan Peppe.

Fol­low­ing the rev­e­la­tion Nor­man said he still loved Zoe and would take her back, as long as she promised never to see Peppe again.

The Praise You hit­maker con­fessed at the time: ‘I still love her. If you love some­one you’ll for­give them. I’ve spo­ken to her to­day and she is gen­uinely re­morse­ful.’

The cou­ple were both known for their hard par­ty­ing ways, but de­cided to give up al­co­hol af­ter the birth of their daugh­ter.

Cook said: ‘Zoe and I both gave up drink­ing so this baby is a present of our so­bri­ety. It was a tough start to the year but we’re both much hap­pier. It’s all set­tled in at the Cooks’ house­hold.’

How­ever, in 2014, Zoe re­vealed she had be­gun drink­ing again but in­sisted it was ‘all in mod­er­a­tion’,

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