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TV star Zoe 'still struggles' after partner's death

By Lucy Mapstone

Zoe Ball has said she is "getting stronger" after her partner Billy Yates' suicide last year, but that she still struggles with moments of grief.

Cameraman Mr Yates was found dead at his home in May at the age of 40, and TV presenter Ball last week cycled more than 350 miles over five days, from Blackpool to Brighton, raising more than £500,000 for Sport Relief in a fundraiser inspired by him.

Ball told the Radio Times that, while she still struggles with unsuspected moments of heartache, she is gradually feeling better.

"I'm getting stronger," she said.

"I'm a tough old cookie. My family have been through a lot."

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