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Fatboy Slim: I forget all my worries when I’m on stage

The star, 53, and presenter Zoe Ball, 46, separated after 17 years of marriage last September.

DJ Fatboy Slim has said his music is providing “escapism” during a “traumatic year”.

The star, 53, and presenter Zoe Ball, 46, separated after 17 years of marriage in September.

Ball was later devastated when her boyfriend, TV cameraman Billy Yates, died, at the age of 40.

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Fatboy Slim and Zoe Ball in 2015 (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Fatboy Slim, real name Norman Cook, told the Daily Star: “My music and shows have always been about escapism…

“Because my life was really happy, I was providing that escapism for the crowds. And now they’re providing that escapism for me.

“Having hit a traumatic year, for those two hours when I’m on stage I forget all my worries and I feel like I can escape.”

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Fatboy Slim (Yui Mok/PA)

The star, who has a “slightly wonky back” because of all the years behind turntables, added: “A lot of people have been telling me: ‘You’re on fire in your shows! The worse your personal life gets, the better your DJing gets’. It’s because I’m letting off steam.”

The DJ, who has two children, Woody, 16, and Nelly, seven, with Ball, added: “A lot of the creative periods in people’s life are during times of turmoil and heartache.”

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