The couple have split after 17 years of marriage

Zoe Ball and Norman Cook made a heartbreaking announcement at the weekend.

The couple told fans that they’d broken up after 18 years together, posting a moving statement on their respective Twitter accounts.

This read: ‘With great sadness we are announcing that we have separated.

‘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.’

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Zoe, 45, and 53-year-old Norman – AKA Fatboy Slim – married at Sometset’s Babington House in 1999 and have two children together.

Zoe Ball and Norman Cook

Zoe Ball and Norman Cook married in 1999

Son Woody was born in 2000 and daughter Nelly arrived in 2010.

This isn’t the first time they’ve split. They ended things back in 2003, when Zoe admitted to having an affair with DJ Dan Peppe, but they reconciled three months later.

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Zoe Ball, Norman Cook and Woody Cook

Zoe Ball and Norman Cook had son Woody in 2000

So what led them to separate this time? Well, neither of them have spoken out. But there are a few rumours flying around, hinting that it was Zoe’s decision.

According to The Sun, a pal said: ‘Zoe told heartbroken Norman he was boring. Zoe packed her bags and left. They have been arguing a lot recently and she decided she’d had enough.

‘All the arguments have been over the same issue – Zoe wants to go out and have fun, and Norman would rather stay at home.

Zoe Ball

‘His sobriety was incredibly hard-won and he doesn’t want to compromise it. Zoe 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 teetotal, she loves a party and will get stuck into a night out.’

Hmm. Whatever the case, we’re sending our love to the whole family at this difficult time.