Are Zoe's wild days over?

by TONY BONNICI, Daily Mail

Full-time mum:
Zoe Ball

She was the unofficial spokesman of the ladette generation, regaling radio audiences with tales of her drunken nights out.

But now Zoe Ball is turning her back on her wild ways.

She announced yesterday that she is giving up her daily presenting job so she can see more of her husband Norman Cook and their three-yearold son Woody.

"I can't wait to spend more time with my son," she said.

"I'll be able to do all the normal things again like take him to school and put him to bed, basically be a full-time mum."

Miss Ball's decision to swop her five-times-a-week drivetime show on the London-based Xfm station for a single Friday night slot will be seen as further evidence of her reconcilation with 40-year-old DJ Cook, who performs as Fatboy Slim.

She walked out on him a year ago after admitting an affair with another DJ, Dan Peppe.

It was three months before she returned to the family's £2million mansion in Brighton to give the four-year-old marriage another try.

Shortly after the couple were reunited last spring, a friend said

Miss Ball, 33, and her husband were "like teenage sweethearts again".

Xfm bosses said Miss Ball's decision to leave the afternoon slot was entirely her own.

It means she won't be going head-to-head with her ladette friend Sara Cox, who once succeeded her as presenter of Radio One's breakfast show.

Miss Cox is due to take over the BBC pop station's afternoon drivetime slot early in 2004 to make way for Chris Moyles.

Miss Ball's afternoon replacement will be Lauren Laverne, of whom she said: "She'll give Coxy a run for her money."


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