BBC 2 Radio personality Zoe Ball comes clean about her battle with the bottle in the new issue of Grazia magazine. The popular radio and television host has struggled with alcohol for over a decade, admitting that there are large portions of it that she doesn't remember. But with the birth of her second baby in January, a girl named Nelly, she and husband Fatboy Slim (born Norman Cook), now celebrate life without alcohol.
"I tried to straighten myself out several times, but I'd always go back – it's so hard when everyone around you is drinking," Ball says.
Ball reveals that she pondered going to rehab on several occasions, however she didn't trust Cook to take care of their son, Woody, due to his excessive drinking. She ultimately feared that if she didn't figure things out, she would land in a mental institution.
"I sat sobbing, knowing if I didn’t stop I'd end up in a mental home. I called a therapist I'd been seeing and asked for help," says Ball.
The couple, who married in 1999, endured countless arguments about their alcohol issues. Ball's biggest challenge was getting Cook to get clean at the same time, and they briefly split in 2003 when Ball took up her husband's good friend, DJ Dan Peppe. Eventually the two got back together, but getting sober would continue to be an uphill fight until 2009.
"It's bloody tough, bloody painful, trying to get sober on your own. The harder I tried, the more Norm went in the other direction," Ball adds.
In March 2009, Ball explains that Cook sought out professional help once and for all. "I remember feeling so anxious. But he did it. What a man – he's strong, he's changed, he's unbelievable and we are solid." (The Daily Mail)
What an amazing comeback for these two! Fatboy Slim, who is best known for his 1998 radio dance hit "The Rockafeller Skank," is still thriving in the music scene. His latest album is 2010's Here Lies Love, an interesting collaborative effort with ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. The 22-song set is built around the life of Imelda Marcos, former first lady of The Philippines, and features guests vocals from the likes of Tori Amos, Santigold, Sia, Róisín Murphy, among many others. Included below is the enchanting "Here Lies Love" featuring our lovely Florence Welch.
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