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Fatboy's new baby a 'gift of sobriety'

Reformed drinker Norman Cook says he and wife Zoe Ball's new child is "a present of our sobriety".

The DJ-producer (46) became a father for the second time when radio presenter Ball gave birth to daughter Nelly last month -- a sibling for nine-year-old son Woody.

Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, said today he was enjoying fatherhood, claiming it is "easier" with girls. The DJ said Nelly felt like a gift, following his stint in rehab to overcome alcohol addiction last March.

"Zoe and I both gave up drinking so this baby is a present of our sobriety. It was a tough start to the year, but we're both much happier. It's all settled in at the Cooks' household," he said.

"It's a bit scary the first time, but this time round, our lives are a lot more comfortable -- there's a confidence and a comfort in it and it helps that she's a girl. Girls are much easier than boys, well, so far. It's only been a month. She's fairly quiet at the moment, shall we say?"

Cook added: "Being sober now, I've got a new lease of life and a lot more energy."