Zoe Ball has shared an emotional message on her Instagram account, revealing that she is currently celebrating being two years sober.
The mum-of-two announced the heartwarming news on Monday, revealing that it comes after ‘two of the toughest years of my life’.
Last, year, Zoe sadly lost her boyfriend Billy Yates to suicide – and the year prior to that, split from her husband of 16 years, Norman Cook.
She wrote, ‘Special moment. 2 years no booze – through two of the toughest years of my life, I’m not sure I’d have survived intact had it had not been for my sobriety & #recovery’.
Zoe continued, ‘Sending out some big love & #gratitude to everyone at #Lifeworks #Woking & my dear friends in the fellowship, & some extra big love to my family & special magic loved ones who encouraged me to get help & have supported me through everything ❤🙏🏼✨✨✨
‘Thoughts and strength and love for any folk out there starting the path to recovery #strength #love #onedayatatime #serenityprayer🙏 #aameetings #rehab #addictions #recovery #calm #care #love #gratitude’.
Zoe’s 202,000 followers were quick to praise the brave star after her revelation. One wrote on the post, ‘I take my hat off to you Zoe. A fantastic achievement given your circumstances over the last two years.’
While another agreed, ‘Amazing to read this @zoetheball such an awesome achievement. Well done 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼’.
The Strictly star has always been open about her struggles with booze.
Speaking to Closer magazine, she confessed that she and ex Norman Cook only managed to conceive after they both gave up the drink, saying “Me and Norm call [daughter] Nelly our gift of sobriety.”
Discussing her addiction, she said, “I tried to straighten myself out several times, but I’d always go back – it’s so hard when everyone around you is drinking.”
Zoe also revealed that the moment she knew she needed help came when her house in Hove was trashed following a wild, boozy party.
She said, “I sat sobbing, knowing if I didn’t stop I’d end up in a mental home. I called a therapist I’d been seeing and asked for help.”