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Zoe Ball Makes First Public Appearance Since Death Of Boyfriend Billy Yates

The cameraman took his own life in May.

01/07/2017 08:35

Zoe Ball has made her public appearance since the death of her boyfriend, Billy Yates.

The presenter was spotted at Phil Collins’ BST Hyde Park concert in London on Friday.

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The 40-year-old ‘Antiques Roadshow’ cameraman was found dead at his home in Putney, South London on 4 May.

Zoe is thought to have begun dating Billy following her split from her husband of 17 years Norman Cook - better known as DJ and music producer Fatboy Slim - in 2016.

Last month, Zoe paid a touching tribute to Billy as she returned to her BBC Radio 2 show.

The DJ had been absent from her afternoon slot while grieving for cameraman Billy., who took his own life.

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As she took to the airwaves for the first time in four weeks, Zoe thanked listeners for all their support.

“So glad to be back here at Radio 2 - if a little wobbly - bear with me today,” she said.

“As most of you know I’ve been away for the past four weeks - been a pretty tough time actually, having lost my dear, dear boyfriend, Billy.

She continued: “I would really like to thank you, the listeners, for all your kind thoughts and for reaching out with love. Especially many of you who’ve experienced your own loss and grief in similar circumstances.

“Your messages have meant the world to us all, so, I send you all love from the bottom of my heart.”

She then dedicated a song to Billy, playing soul track ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)’ by Frank Wilson.

Explaining her choice, Zoe said: “Billy was a truly special chap, and the things he loved to do, he loved to make everybody laugh, he loved to love and he loved to dance.

“So Billy Will Yates-face, this one is for you angel.”

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