Sunday 24 September 2017

Zoe Ball says she's ready for 'more sex' as she faces up to menopause

Zoe Ball attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Zoe Ball attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Zoe Ball attending the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, Zoe Ball has been left 'devastated' by her boyfriend's death
Norman Cook and Zoe Ball on their wedding day in 1999
Zoe Ball arrives for the launch of 'Strictly Come Dancing 2016' at Elstree Studios on August 30, 2016 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Zoe Ball attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Zoe Ball dances with Kevin Clifton during a photocall to launch the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2015 at Birmingham Barclaycard Arena on January 15, 2015 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images)
British DJ Norman Cook AKA "Fatboy Slim" and wife Zoe Ball backstage at his "Kick & Spin Tour" on June 11, 2002 in Sapporo, Japan. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Lucy Mapstone

TV presenter Zoe Ball is embracing approaching 50 and has suggested she will have "more sex" to combat the symptoms of the menopause.

According to reports, the Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two presenter made the comments while addressing an audience at an event in London, during which she also spoke of her recent marriage split from DJ Norman Cook, otherwise known as Fatboy Slim, after 18 years.

She said she will turn to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) when she goes through the menopause, of which she said she is currently feeling the effects.

Ball, 46, told the audience: "I'm menopausal; I'm hot and hairy.

Zoe Ball arrives for the launch of 'Strictly Come Dancing 2016' at Elstree Studios on August 30, 2016 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Zoe Ball arrives for the launch of 'Strictly Come Dancing 2016' at Elstree Studios on August 30, 2016 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

"It is like my last hurrah. Is it going to get better? Do I do HRT or do I have the funny tea? This is the quandary."

Ball, who is believed to be in a new relationship, added: "Have more sex? I have just left my marriage.

"OK that is a good tip. HRT and more sex, I will take that."

The radio and TV regular said she is "starting to embrace the older age thing", adding: "You just stop caring about stuff so much which is nice."

British DJ Norman Cook AKA
British DJ Norman Cook AKA "Fatboy Slim" and wife Zoe Ball backstage at his "Kick & Spin Tour" on June 11, 2002 in Sapporo, Japan. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

She said: "I have had a bit of a year.

"I've had a bit of a year of self-discovery."

Ball and Cook announced their separation in September 2016, although they said they would remain "great friends" and would continue to support each other to raise their two children together.

Ball was speaking at Sarah Millican's monthly Standard Issue in Conversation event at London's Leicester Square Theatre.

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