TV presenter Zoe Ball has candidly spoken about her early dates with her ex-husband, DJ Fatboy Slim, aka Norman Cook. In an interview on the podcast Table Manners, Ball revealed that their dates in the 90s primarily revolved around drinking rather than dining. Despite going to fancy restaurants, Cook would often forgo dinner in favor of his favorite alcoholic beverage, the White Russian cocktail.
Reflecting on their first slightly messy date, Ball confessed that their choice of having crab turned out to be less than ideal. She described the experience as "bits flying off all over the place" and cautioned against eating crab on a first date.
Ball and Cook, who separated in 2016, remain great friends. The TV personality emphasized their close bond and the fact that they have both embraced sobriety. She also revealed that Cook now determines his tour dates based on the restaurants he wants to visit, a reflection of how their priorities have shifted over the years.
During the podcast interview, Ball also shared an amusing anecdote about running into the late George Michael when she was just 14 years old. She recounted how she was picking grass for her guinea pig with a miniature wheelbarrow outside her house when the pop icon drove past her in a convertible sports car. Despite her teenage excitement, it was the only time she ever saw George Michael.
In recent years, Ball has left behind her partying days and has opted for quieter nights at home. Following her battle with alcohol, she now enjoys watching the show Gardeners' World and indulging in crumpets before bed. She humorously referred to her new party strategy, the "French exit," where she leaves events early and heads home to relax.
Zoe Ball's candid revelations about her past relationships and encounters with celebrities offer a glimpse into her personal life and the changing priorities she has experienced over the years. Despite her wild reputation in the 90s, Ball has found contentment in a quieter lifestyle and cherishes her friendship with ex-husband Fatboy Slim.