Fatboy Slim and ex Zoe Ball would ‘disown’ son Woody if he went on Love Island

DJ Norman Cook and his ex-wife Zoe Ball both urged their son not to do reality TV but relented saying: “It’s in his genes.”

Son Woody left Norman, whose alter-ego is Fatboy Slim, and BBC Radio 2 star Zoe horrified when the 19-year-old proposed going on Channel 4’s The Circle.

“Me and his mother both thought it could be a potentially terrible idea,” he says. “We didn’t really want him to do it. The thing is, we spent all our lives trying to keep him out of the limelight and trying to protect him.

“Then the first chance he dives straight into that whole maelstrom that we tried to protect him from, but I suppose it’s in his genes.”


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But he adds laughing: “We would disown him if he does Love Island .”

Norman, who split with BBC Radio 2 host Zoe in September 2016 after 17 years of marriage, said it was “surreal” watching him on the show.

The student, who is the elder brother to Cook and Ball’s daughter, Nelly May Louise, 10, finished fifth in the hunt for the £70,000 top prize.


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“As a parent you want your child to be happy and come across well. We were kind of nervous about it but then he was really cool.

"The idea of the first time ever not seeing my son for a month was strange but then I watch him every night on the television instead.”

Woody is currently on holiday in New Zealand and hopes to catch up with his dad, 56, when he does a series of Australia DJ gigs this week.


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“He said I’ll nip over and see you and I pointed out it’s a five hour flight,” he laughs.

“It’s quite fun everybody knowing more about my son from his social media than I do because I’ve so far only had one word from him.”

Norman, who is headlining Hi-Tide festival at Dreamland, in Margate, this July along with Madness, said that he was also attempting to off-set his carbon for the first time when he flies Down Under.

“I mean the greatest thing about the fires in Australia is it’s really woken up people to this really happening,” he says. “This isn’t some crackpot scientist telling you. This really is happening on your doorstep.”

The star recently sampled a Greta Thunberg speech in one of his sets.

“There were proper goosebumps. The whole crowd was united. Most of my stuff is kind of throw away but I'm very proud to be sort of carrying on the message."

Fatboy Slim's performance at The Hi-Tide festival is on July 4. Madness headline the following day.

The festival will be one of the headlines events helping to mark Dreamland Margate’s 100 anniversary in 2020.

*Tickets on general sale from hi-tidefestival.com axs.com and dice.fm at 9am on Friday 31 January.

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