Zoe Ball reunites with ex Norman Cook for first time in 25 years on Radio 2

Zoe Ball reunites with ex Norman Cook for first time in 25 years on Radio 2

June 23, 2023

Norman Cook Accuses Zoe Ball Of Knowing ‘Nothing’ About Him

Zoe Ball and Norman Cook reunited on BBC Radio 2 for the first time in 18 years to chat about Fatboy Slim’s upcoming Glastonbury set.

The 52-year-old introduced her ex-husband on the Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, saying: “I now welcome to the show somebody you may know from The Housemartins… Beats International – I forgot what you were called then.”

The 59-year-old – who was in Brighton and “prepping for Glastonbury” – laughed and said, “And such things as our marriage,” before claiming that his ex-wife knew “nothing about him”.

The Radio 2 broadcaster asked if he remembered the first time that he attended Michael Eavis’ festival and whether he played or was “hanging out”.

He replied: “No, we [The Housemartins] played the Pyramid Stage in 1986. Do you not know this? You know nothing about me!”

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“I know nothing about you,” Zoe joked. “I’ve tried to block it from my memory – no, only kidding.”

Elsewhere in the chat, the radio host admitted that the pair hadn’t had a “natter on the microphone, on a radio show or a telly show for quite a long time”.

Norman joked that there had been an “embargo” on the pair professionally – due to being married in 1999 and also because of their divorce in 2016.

Zoe stated: “I think most of my listeners know that I can be quite unprofessional at times, but talking of nattering on the radio, I can’t remember the last time we talked on the radio, but I do remember the first.”

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A clip of the first time Zoe and Norman were on BBC Radio 1 together in 1998 with Kevin Greening was played before the former asked if her ex-husband had any “fond memories of that night in Ibiza?”

Norman said: “Absolutely, yeah. I mean it launched 18 years of fun and frolics.

“It was a very pivotal moment in both of our lives wasn’t it? And not many people get an audio record of their early flirting.”

Zoe laughed and said: “Which I think is probably a good thing, to be honest with you” before stating that she found the recording on a CD “in the loft the other day”.

The broadcaster said: “I thought it would be quite good to play to the kids and the grandkids” before Norman admitted he also still had a copy of the CD hanging on the “wall of my office”.

“Every now and then Nelly [the pair’s 13-year-old daughter] says, ‘Can we get that down and play it?’ but I don’t want her to hear the shameful behaviour of her parents when they were younger.”

Zoe laughed and said: “Unfortunately, I think she already knows too much. Even at thirteen.”

You can listen back to Zoe Ball chat with Norman AKA Fatboy Slim on BBC Sounds.

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