Comic Relief: Zoe Ball praised as she addresses male suicide segment
Comic Relief 2019: Zoe Ball is praised by viewers as she addresses powerful male suicide segment after her late partner took his own life
- If you have been affected by the issues raised, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123
She tragically lost her partner Billy Yates in 2017 after he took his own life.
And Zoe Ball was hailed by Comic Relief viewers after she bravely addressed a poignant male suicide segment during the annual Comic Relief fundraiser on Friday night.
The radio presenter, 48, appeared sombre as she spoke about the short film which featured a family who lost their son to suicide.
Brave: Zoe Ball, 48, was hailed by Comic Relief viewers after she bravely addressed a poignant male suicide segment during the annual Comic Relief fundraiser on Friday night
After the film played, the star said that her heart went out to his family, before speaking further about the work Comic Relief does in relation to suicide.
She said: ‘Comic Relief is working with so many organisations in so many ways on issues of mental health. I learnt about some of them when I was doing my stuff for Sport Relief last year.
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‘There’s so much pain around and a call to donate on our number could help to ease that pain.’
Viewers watching at home were quick to praise Zoe on Twitter, with many observing that the segment must have been tough for her considering her own loss two years ago.
Tragic: Zoe tragically lost her partner Billy Yates in May 2017 after he took his own life following a long battle with depression
One viewer asked: ‘How is Zoe Ball holding it together? True professional.’
While another wrote: ‘@ZoeTheBall so strong delivering the segment on mental health and suicide after facing it yourself but such an important message. Very emotional to watch #RND19 #comicrelief.’
‘How hard must this be for Zoe Ball #comicrelief2019,’ commented a third watcher.
With another adding: ‘Zoe ball was incredibly strong there, felt for her. #RedNoseDay2019.’
Support: Comic Relief viewers were quick to praise Zoe, with many observing that the segment must’ve been tough for her considering her own loss two years ago
Comedian Romesh Ranganathan, 41, introduced the segment, appearing emotional as he spoke about the suicide of his friend.
Speaking to the camera, he said: ‘Last year, I lost a friend to suicide and we, his friends, would have given anything to change that. Tonight, you can change things for so many people.’
Last year Zoe broke down in tears recalling the last time she saw her partner before he took his own life in May 2017 after a long battle with depression.
The television star became emotional as she spoke about Billy during BBC documentary Zoe Ball’s Hardest Way Home, which aired in March 2018.
Emotional: The television star became emotional as she spoke about Billy during BBC documentary Zoe Ball’s Hardest Way Home, which aired in March 2018
Fighting back tears as she spoke about their final moments together, she said: ‘He got on his bike and he cycled off and he turned round and he blew me a kiss goodbye, and that was the last time I saw him.
‘And I feel really grateful that I got my goodbye in a way. And I think that was my goodbye.’
Zoe and Yates, a cameraman and technician, began dating following her marriage split from DJ Norman Cook in 2016 and were first pictured together in February 2017.
- If you have been affected by the issues raised, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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