DJ Fatboy Slim has split from Zoe Ball

Zoe Ball and Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim have split. Photo / Getty
Zoe Ball and Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim have split. Photo / Getty

Fatboy Slim and Zoe Ball have split up.

The 53-year-old DJ - whose real name is Norman Cook - and the 45-year-old presenter insist they are still "great friends" but their "exciting adventures together" are now over, 17 years after they tied the knot.

The couple - who have kids Woody, 16, and Nelly, six, together - said in a statement: "With great sadness we are announcing that we have separated.

Zoe Ball, Norman Cook and their Son Woody Cook attends the UK Gala screening of Man Up on May 13, 2015. Photo / Getty
Zoe Ball, Norman Cook and their Son Woody Cook attends the UK Gala screening of Man Up on May 13, 2015. Photo / Getty

After many exciting adventures together over the last 18 years we have come to the end of our rainbow.

"We are still great friends and will continue to support each other and raise our beautiful children together, living next door but one."

British DJ Norman Cook AKA Fatboy Slim and wife Zoe Ball backstage at his Kick & Spin Tour on June 11, 2002 in Sapporo, Japan. Photo / Getty
British DJ Norman Cook AKA Fatboy Slim and wife Zoe Ball backstage at his Kick & Spin Tour on June 11, 2002 in Sapporo, Japan. Photo / Getty

Insiders claim the couple had had a number of rows over Zoe's desire to go out partying.
A source told The Sun on Sunday newspaper:

"There have been a series of arguments, all over the same issue - Zoe wants to go out and have fun, and Norman would rather stay at home.

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"His sobriety was incredibly hard-won and he doesn't want to compromise it.

Zoe Ball and husband Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim at the Worthy Farm in Pilton, United Kingdom. Photo / Getty
Zoe Ball and husband Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim at the Worthy Farm in Pilton, United Kingdom. Photo / Getty

"Zoe completely understands that, but she is in a very different place. She doesn't want to be sat on the sofa of an evening having a cup of tea.

"Despite being previously tee-total, she loves a party and will get stuck into a night out.
"Recently they've struggled to reconcile their different attitudes and it's caused a lot of tension."

Problems are said to have began in August, when they terminated a trip to Ibiza early following a row.

The source added: "There was a row about her drinking and it all came out then. Zoe is supposed to be dry but she has been going out drinking more and more with girlfriends."

The couple split previously in 2013, but later reconciled.

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