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Zoe Ball sports wedding ring on Strictly spin-off after split

Zoe Ball has returned to her TV presenting duties after announcing the end of her marriage to musician Norman Cook.

Zoe Ball ignored her marriage split by wearing her wedding ring while hosting TV show Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.

The British presenter, 45 confirmed she had separated from DJ husband Norman Cook, 53 on Twitter on Saturday (24Sep16) after 18 years as husband and wife.

However she appeared entirely unaffected when hosting dance contest Strictly Come Dancing's spin off show on Monday (26Sep16).

Smiling throughout she made no direct reference to the turmoil in her love life, and was even still wearing her wedding ring, sparking speculation the couple may have had a change of heart over their love split.

Her unruffled appearance came just two days after Norman and Zoe released a statement announcing she had moved out of the family home into a house nearby.

"After many exciting adventures we have come to the end of our rainbow," the couple's Twitter statement read. "We're still great friends and will continue to support each other and raise our beautiful children together living next door but one."

Zoe and Norman have two children, a 16-year-old son and a six-year-old daughter.

According to reports their split is due to the TV star's love of the party scene, in contrast to the Fatboy Slim mucisian's preference for the quiet life.

"In their most heated rows she has called him boring and said she wants more from her life," a friend of the couple tells the Mail on Sunday newspaper. "The decision came as a bolt out of the blue for Norman. He adores Zoe."

The first signs of recent trouble in their marriage came in December last year (15), at the end of the last series of It Takes Two when Zoe was pictured drunkenly snogging 22-year-old singer TayTay Starhz at the show's wrap party.

The couple have split up before, temporarily parting ways in 2003 after Zoe admitted embarking on an affair with DJ Dan Peppe.

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