Zoe Ball has shared a tribute to her boyfriend Billy Yates, on the three month anniversary of his unexpected death.
Cameraman Billy was found dead at his South London home on 4 May and in the weeks that followed, Zoe took time out from professional commitments, spending time with family and friends before returning to her Radio 2 show in June.
She’s now posted a tribute to Billy on Instagram:
Underneath the snap, she wrote: “Miss my Happy Feets Boy so. Big time loving you always @billwahweewoo 3 months today. Ever grateful for all the love & support.”
After a series of hashtags - including #healing #acceptance #recovery #gratitude #memories #love and #mentalhealth” - she added: “I wish I had a time machine.”
Zoe has spoken about Billy, who she is believed to have begun dating in February, a number of times since his death, and on the day of his funeral she posted a picture on Instagram.
The snap showed Billy on a sunny beach and the TV star added the caption: “Goodnight my beautiful Boy. I’ll be loving you always.”
Upon returning to Radio 2, Zoe thanked listeners for 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.
“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.”
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