Zoe Ball prides itself on a relentlessly cheeky style of broadcast that some of her listeners have a hard time finding the first thing in the morning.
But this week, when outrage flared over the disclosure of her gigantic BBC salary of £ 1.36 million, she moved on anyway. "Keep your good news posted, folks," she urged. "Busy show today."
Her own considerable good news was not mentioned materially, namely, that she will now take over Gary Lineker as the highest paid person on the BBC.
Since 49-year-old Zoe took over the reins on the Radio 2 breakfast show in January 2019, she has been given a £ 990,000 raise.
It costs almost £ 1 for each of the million listeners who have turned off since she replaced Chris Evans. She is wise to try not to rub her luck as the reaction was somewhat negative.
One royalty payer wrote, "Nothing against her personally, but can someone please explain why Zoe Ball is worth 60 times more than my daughter who is an NHS intensive care nurse?"
Another joked, "After all, I can make a legitimate contribution to Zoe Ball's lavish lifestyle without sending checks to her manager."
Zoe Ball Zoe shared a picture of her moving team on the day she moved in – and in the front of the picture was her boyfriend Michael Reed. (The couple is pictured above)
The BBC star has a £ 1 million raise and a lovely new home (pictured)
At the time of her appointment – but before the salary was announced – she said that she “is very happy with what the BBC will pay me for this job. . . I hope my co-workers will be happy that I got the deal that I made. I think, of course, that men and women should be paid equally. "
You can see how she could argue that she was only paid fairly compared to her predecessor, Chris Evans.
But what does it mean for you? As was to be expected, all the money from the gracious licensees changed their lives.
Her delightful country house in Ditchling, East Sussex, which she moved into after separating from husband Norman Cook, sold for £ 1.25 million and on August 24th she moved to a large county country house.
Reed was in a lawsuit with three former lovers – all blonde and beautiful. The last legal battle took place yesterday with Lorraine Ashdown (left), the mother of his young child. Before that, he played the model massage therapist Carrelyn Gardner (right). They lived together in Chislehurst and have daughters aged 20 and 15. It is reported that the couple had a lawsuit following the split in 2012
The new home of the BBC star. Reed and Zoe are said to have moved in together in April. Reed didn't respond to requests for comment, and neither did Ms. Ball's agent
The six bedroom house was built in the 1920s by a Russian aristocrat, Baron Vladimir de Wolff. It has a swimming pool, tennis court and several acres of gardens and was on the market for £ 1.5 million. It will offer more privacy, maybe no surprise given her star and salary are so firmly on the up.
You'd think it's a big place for a single woman with a college son and daughter who she shares care with her ex.
However, there is a new man on site to keep her company. Zoe shared a picture of her moving crew the day she moved in – and in the front of the picture was her boyfriend Michael Reed. In another moment shared in July, she wrote, “My husband in a van. Patience of a saint, strength of an ox. The hottest day of the year. Happy weekend x @ michaelreed99 ’
The beautiful 50 year old Reed has been with her for more than two years and she is clearly delighted. They were first spotted in Soho in December 2017 and have since vacationed together in Jamaica. They were also seen enjoying family time with their children Woody, 19) and Nelly, 10 from Norman Cook, aka DJ Fatboy Slim.
In the early days of romance, they spent a weekend on a juicing vacation in Portugal. He posted a picture of her on social media with the caption, "About this one – you make me so happy."
They are said to have moved in together in April. Reed didn't respond to requests for comment, and neither did Ms. Ball's agent.
Last night, one of her well-heeled new neighbors said, "We saw Zoe here for a few days this week and this weekend – she's only moved in some of her things so far." Michael helped her. “The neighbors of the house he rents in Chislehurst, southeast London, said this week that they usually see him every few days, often with his young child who lives nearby.
However, some fear that they may be looking for happiness in the wrong place. While Zoe has an undeniable talent for making money, Reed seems to have a knack for losing it.
It can also be determined that he was in a lawsuit with three former lovers – all blonde and beautiful.
The last legal battle was yesterday with Lorraine Ashdown, the mother of his young child. She says, "I am unable to speak to you while there is an active trial in the family court." Earlier this month she accused him of registering for benefits to avoid allegedly receiving £ 20,000 in maintenance arrears pays for children he allegedly owes.
She says, "He's such a duck and a diver and a chancellor, and I think he did this on purpose so as not to pay."
In child maintenance contracts, the “paying parent” only has to pay a “flat rate” of £ 7 per week when receiving benefits such as income support, unemployment benefit and universal credit. Reed has called the allegations about the filing "false". "I don't know if Zoe is aware of this, but she should tell him to sort it out," says Lorraine. "It is a shame that he leads the high life with her while avoiding his responsibility."
The six bedroom property was built in the 1920s by a Russian aristocrat, Baron Vladimir de Wolff
Says a friend, "He was a nightmare about child support. Lorraine had been working since his child was weeks old and it was nothing more than a fight while apparently putting two fingers on the system. I can imagine that he talked about it and that Zoe felt sorry for him. "
His weekly payments were set at just £ 11.82 in 2017 – but Ms. Ashdown appealed, insisting that he misrepresented his earnings.
A tribunal then ruled that year that Reed should have paid ten times that amount, making him liable for £ 19,290.94.
The amount should be paid in three installments in April, May and June. But Ms. Ashdown, 46, said last month that he didn't pay. In addition to his checkered romantic history, he was the director of a number of failed businesses, one of which went bankrupt only last November and owed HM Revenue & Customs £ 26,500.
The company, founded in 2016, was set up for the “development of construction projects”. In its first year of accounting through September 2017, the company reported net worth of £ 46,000 but went into voluntary liquidation last November with "nil" to offer preferred creditors and £ 3,555 owed to commercial creditors.
At this point, Zoe was well into her first year of bonanza. After the tragedy of former friend Billy Yates' suicide in May 2017, no one could give her any luck.
After splitting up with Norman Cook in 2016, she started dating Billy, a cameraman. She felt that he was the "love of her life". However, he suffered from depression and, despite therapy and attempts by her to help him, took his life in his London apartment.
Seven months after her death, while deep in grief, she began dating Michael Reed.
At the time, his child with former flame Lorraine Ashdown was only one year old. He had met Lorraine, formerly a television and radio host, three years earlier. Within a few months of their dating, she became pregnant and they separated before their child was born.
Previously, he had made a model massage therapist, Carrelyn Gardner, a romantic. They lived together in Chislehurst and have daughters, ages 20 and 15. The couple is reported to have had a lawsuit following their split in 2012.
Land registry entries indicate that Reed registered a February 2015 charge against the property Carrleyn now lives on. This states that it cannot be sold without his permission. She said this week, "At this point, I'm not going to say anything.
"My girls are older, so of course I want to have respect for them and their father."
The third woman in his past is Hannah Maynard, who lives near him in Chislehurst.
It was reported that she and Reed had "problems" which in turn led to some legal exchanges. A source said: "She got lawyers involved when it all went wrong – it was about texts and she wanted to stop Reed from contacting her."
Certainly it seems that there are some money problems at play for him.
He is the director of a company, Zero Zero Five, which is in voluntary liquidation, and has seven former corporate boards. One of them, Fab 10, was founded in October 2012 and voluntarily liquidated in November 2016. Its statement recorded an estimated deficit of £ 41,722 – including £ 4,837 from HMRC and £ 24,500 from Reed.
Other previous companies include Fabric Tensile, Fabric Ten, Sail Shade, Smart Shade, Bizykidz, and Deck-It.
With the exception of Sail Shade, which traded as Fabric Ten – an umbrella company – and was voluntarily liquidated in October 2011, all of these companies are inactive. At that point it owed HMRC £ 31,770, including £ 7,343.
There are some indications that Zoe's romance with Reed was struggling – they reportedly broke up last November when it was alleged she was "uncomfortable" with his taste for fame and high life.
"Zoe knew deep down the relationship wasn't going anywhere," a friend told The Sun at the time. "She was enjoying her time with Michael but came to the conclusion that he wasn't a goalkeeper, even though he believed they were serious.
“There were certain things she was uncomfortable with, like that he wanted to be a model and act. Her close circle feared he would use her to improve his own career. "
Another suggested, "In everything Zoe had to do with Billy, Work, and Norman, she was so busy, and unfortunately a new relationship was too much."
"It wasn't possible. They remain friends, but she is happily single and focused on her children and her work."
However, in March of this year they were together again and went shopping at a garden center. In the following month they are said to have lived under one roof.
His past loved ones may have their doubts about him, but it seems for now, at least, that the BBC's golden girl thinks he's on the money.
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