Radio 2 host Zoe Ball took day off to mourn tragic boyfriend who died by suicide on two-year anniversary of funeral

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ZOE Ball took a day off from Radio 2’s breakfast show on Thursday — exactly two years after boyfriend Billy Yates’s funeral.

The BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan stepped in to do the honours, telling listeners Zoe was absent for “personal reasons”.

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Zoe Ball took the day off from Radio 2’s breakfast show on Thursday exactly two years after boyfriend Billy Yates’s funeral[/caption]

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Friends of Zoe say she took the day off because she knew how difficult the anniversary would be for her[/caption]

Beeb cameraman Billy was found hanged at his South London home on May 4, 2017, aged just 40, following a battle with depression. His funeral was three weeks later, on May 23.

Friends of Zoe, 48, say she took the day off yesterday because she knew how difficult the anniversary would be for her.

Yesterday was also the 81st birthday of her dad, 1970s and ’80s kids’ telly legend Johnny Ball. One friend said: “It is a really hard time for her.”

Less than a year after Billy’s death, Zoe took part in the Hardest Ride Home challenge, in which she cycled from Blackpool to Brighton to raise money for Sport Relief and mental health awareness.

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Billy, a BBC cameraman was found hanged at his home on May 4, 2017, following a battle with depression[/caption]

Less than a year after Billy’s death, Zoe took part in the Hardest Ride Home challenge in his memory


The gruelling ride took her five days. Highlights were broadcast in a one-off documentary shown on March 21 last year on BBC1.

During the programme she spoke emotionally about the challenge, during which she raised more than £1million.

Zoe began dating Billy after splitting from superstar DJ husband Fatboy Slim, 55, in September 2016. She is now in a relationship with construction boss Michael Reed, who she met through a mutual friend.

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Zoe is now dating construction boss Michael Reed[/caption]

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Zoe took over from Chris Evans as the host of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show in January[/caption]


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