It Takes Two host Zoe Ball has penned the most touching birthday tribute to her late partner Billy Yates.


The presenter posted a photo of the late film producer on her Instagram on Friday.


She wrote: “Happy Birthday Bface, one shining bright up there in the cosmos.”


The BBC Radio 2 host continued: “Hope you can see the shimmers of love that burn ever strong for you, from the daft beings dotted all over this planet down here, who’ll love your face forever & miss you more than ever.”



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Zoe and Billy dated for many months before he died by suicide on May 4, 2017.


Fans showered Zoe with support, knowing how hard this day is for her: “It would have been my Dads 75th birthday today. He passed away 2 years ago. Staying strong and celebrating his life tonight” one shared.


Another added: “I believe he came into your life to make you stronger and give you wings to fly high. You are amazing at what you do Zoe.”


“We cry because they matter & smile because they were loved,” another wrote.



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One fan said: “You have done so well, Zoe. It’s a dreadful thing to happen. My brother-in-law did the same. Much love to you.”


A close friend of the pair told The Mirror Zoe and Billy had such a special relationship. “They had a friendship and beautiful relationship, they were the love of each other's life.”



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Our thoughts are with Zoe Ball on this harrowing day.


If you or anyone you know is impacted by suicide, please call Samaritans on 116 123.