DJ Fatboy Slim checks into rehab

BBC, Wednesday, 4 March 2009

DJ Norman Cook has checked himself into rehab to battle an alcohol addiction, his manager has confirmed.

The star, who is better known as Fatboy Slim and had a number one with the hit Praise You in 1999, admitted himself to a specialist facility on Monday.

"Norman is voluntarily seeking help for his alcohol problem but he’s in good shape," manager Garry Blackburn said.

The 45-year-old married former Radio 1 DJ and presenter Zoe Ball in 1999 and have a seven-year-old son called Woody.

Blackburn said Cook, who has recently performed under the Brighton Port Authority moniker, had the full support of his wife and the rest of his family.

In the past, the DJ, who in 2007 won an Ivor Novello award for his contribution to music, has never made a secret of liking a drink.

He once said: "Sometimes it feels a little undignified but I never seem to get tired of getting drunk. I’ve tried going on stage sober and it wasn’t much fun.

"It takes a lot of alcohol to stop me thinking ‘What are you doing whirling that towel above your head?"’

In an interview with the Guardian last week to promote the Brighton Port Authority’s album, Cook admitted he could not remember some recording sessions due to the amount of alcohol consumed.

"I’d find myself looking at tape boxes going, ‘Martha Wainwright? I did a tune with her?’ … you know, time passes, alcohol was involved. It’s all a bit sketchy," he said.


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