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Zoe Ball ‘happiest she’s been in a long time’ as she goes public with new boyfriend

Zoe Ball 'happiest she's been in a long time' as she goes public with new boyfriend
Zoe is looking happy with new beau Michael (Picture: Rex Features/Backgrid)

Zoe Ball has been pictured for the first time with her new boyfriend, building firm boss Michael Reed.

The pair are thought to have met just before Christmas after her long-term boyfriend Billy Yates passed away last year; the radio host was photographed leaving Soho House with Michael, 47, in December, before they later made their way to Union private members club.

On Sunday 4 February they were seen in Brighton, enjoying lunch and a spot of shopping before Michael drove them both off in Zoe’s black BMW.

Zoe Ball 'happiest she's been in a long time' as she goes public with new boyfriend
The two took time together in Brighton (Picture: Backgrid)

Earlier in 2018 Michael treated Zoe to a romantic getaway, with a weekend away in Suffolk in a retreat that’s said to cost £400 per night.

A source close to Zoe admitted that things are ‘moving pretty fast’ between the two, but that’s she’s ‘head over heels’ for the Kent father-of-three.

‘He is love-bombing her and really pulling out all the stops to impress her,’ a source told The Sun

‘And, although he has a bit of a reputation, her friends are pleased because the relationship has pulled her out of a bit of a hole she was in.

‘She is the happiest she has been in a long which is great – she is back in a good place.’

6 months today @billwahweewoo ✨✨✨ no time at all, yet so so long to be without you & your wondrous ways, your love, your gorgeous monkey face, your voice, your laughter, your daftness, your glorious commentary on the worlds shenanigans, your mess, your big bear hugs & your dancing feets. You are so missed monkey. at times its impossible to comprehend what has happened. But you are at peace, and we can take comfort from that. And we all get a little bit stronger every day. Small steps eh. You are forever in our hearts & always in my pocket Snoops. Keep shining up there for us. Love you beautiful one ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨thank you to everyone who has reached out in these past few months & sent love or shared their own experiences with me, you have all helped me more than you could ever imagine. sending love back to all. Keep sharing, keep listening and let's keep on campaigning to find the support needed for those living with #depression #mentalillness #mentalhealthawareness ????#love

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Zoe’s former boyfriend Billy was found dead at home in May 2017.

Since his death, Zoe, The Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two host, has honoured Billy on World Mental Health Day.

In a post on Instagram she wrote: ‘So many emotions today #worldmentalhealthday there was so little help and support offered to my @billwahweewoo – only after he died did I learn about some of the amazing charities and support groups out there doing such great work for #mentalhealth #depression #suicideawareness.’

Zoe has also presented TV wearing a letter B necklace which is believed to be an ode to Billy.

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