TV broadcaster Zoe Ball has said she is “devastated” after the expiry of her boyfriend.
Strictly Come Dancing presenter Zoe, was intensely in love with Antiques Roadshow cameraman Billy Yates, she started dating with Billy after her marriage to DJ Norman Cook came to an end.
On Thursday night, the Antiques Roadshow cameraman Billy Yates was found lifeless, he was found by police at his apartment in Putney, southwest London.
Police was called at 6:40pm on Thursday, 4th May to a housing address on Lower Richmond Road, SW15 subsequent reports of a man found deceased,” the Metropolitan Police said.
“Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended. A man, believed to be aged 40, was pronounced dead at the scene.”
According to Police his expiry was not being treated as suspicious.
According to a close friend of Zoe, “Zoe is overcome with grief. She is completely and utterly devastated. Billy had made her happy again after the most horrendous year when her marriage broke down. This was completely out of the blue. She had no feeling that this was coming and is in total shock. As far as we know this occurred at his house in London and it was friends who raised the alarm. She’s going to need a lot of time to grieve. This just feels so unfair because Zoe had finally found happiness with Billy. They had so many exciting plans for their future. It’s devastating. There’s nothing else other than devastation today.”
Zoe Ball’s last retweeted from Samaritans which read: “ If it really doesn’t feel like the force is with you today, we’re here and ready to listen #TalkToUs#MayTheFourthBeWithYou”
Zoe Ball’s spokesperson said “Zoe is devastated and requests that during this difficult time the media respect her privacy as well as the privacy of her friends and family.”
Billy Yates used to work with Ball at the BBC news. And the both had been in a relationship from the time of September last year.
As Zoe Ball is devastated and not feeling like to do her programs. Kate Thornton will be stepping forward and present Ball’s weekly program on Saturday afternoon at 3pm, says BBC’s spokesman.
Zoe Ball was earlier married to DJ Fatboy Slim, who is also known as Norman Cook. Zoe Ball torn apart from Norman after eight months of when she was seen smooching 23-year-old boy band vocalist Tay Tay Starhz in a nightclubof London. However it’s believed that their matrimony had been having problems for some time.They declared their divorce after 18 years together in September.
The couple had two kids; both of them claimed they would stay “great friends” after their split.