Zoe Ball has opened up about the death of her boyfriend Billy Yates to suicide last year, saying she accepts she couldn’t have done anything to save him.
Now the Radio 2 and ‘Strictly’ presenter has spoken openly about his death after completing a 350 mile cycling challenge for Sport Relief to raise awareness around mental health.
She tells Radio Times: “Billy didn’t tell me about his depression at the beginning, it’s only when you get to know someone that they really share stuff like that.
The people suffering don’t want sympathy.”
Despite knowing about Billy’s mental health struggles, Zoe admits there was little she could do to help.
“You can’t just sit down with someone when they are that poorly and say, ‘I want to help’.