Zoe Ball has revealed she is taking some time away from Radio 2 as her mother Julia has been diagnosed with cancer.

The presenter, 53, said she and her family were going through ‘tough times’ amid her mother’s diagnosis but praised her for being ‘brave’.

Taking to social media, Zoe shared a photo of her mother surrounded by family members along with another of her receiving chemotherapy.

Alongside the post, she wrote: ‘Heartbreakingly our beautiful Mama Julia has been diagnosed with Cancer. 

‘As many of you know from experience, these are extremely tough times. Mum is being incredibly brave.

Zoe Ball has revealed she is taking some time away from Radio 2 as her mother Julia has been diagnosed with cancer

Zoe Ball has revealed she is taking some time away from Radio 2 as her mother Julia has been diagnosed with cancer

The presenter, 53, said she and her family were going through 'tough times' amid her mother's diagnosis but praised her for being 'brave'

The presenter, 53, said she and her family were going through ‘tough times’ amid her mother’s diagnosis but praised her for being ‘brave’

Taking to social media, Zoe shared a photo of her mother surrounded by family members

Taking to social media, Zoe shared a photo of her mother surrounded by family members

‘My brother Jamie & I are completely in awe of the brilliant Doctors, Nurses & support teams looking after Mum. Thank you.

‘Gratitude to our families & our extended family & friends at home & at work for their support at this time.

‘Sending out love to people reading this who are battling cancer, or awaiting diagnosis & also to the folk looking after their dear ones who are poorly.’

Zoe added that Gaby Roslin would be filling in for her on her breakfast show while she spends time with her mother. 

She added: ‘I’m trying to be at work on breakfast as often as I can but occasionally need to be home with my Mama.

‘Thanks to Gaby for stepping in. Lots of love ❤️’.

Zoe presents The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show from 6:30am to 9:30am, having taken over from Chris Evans in 2019. 

She was inundated with well wishes from friends and followers after making the news of her mother’s diagnosis public. 

Zoe wrote: 'Heartbreakingly our beautiful Mama Julia has been diagnosed with Cancer. 'As many of you know from experience, these are extremely tough times'

Zoe wrote: ‘Heartbreakingly our beautiful Mama Julia has been diagnosed with Cancer. ‘As many of you know from experience, these are extremely tough times’

She was inundated with well wishes from friends and followers after making the news of her mother's diagnosis public

She was inundated with well wishes from friends and followers after making the news of her mother’s diagnosis public

Actress Amanda Abbington wrote: ‘Sending you and your beautiful family so much love my darling. The most love.’

Fellow radio presenter Adele Roberts added: ‘Thinking of your amazing mum and sending so much love to you all.’

Julia Bradbury wrote: ‘So sorry to hear this Zoe. Wishing you and the family love & courage through this ❤️❤️’.

Former Strictly Come Dancing star Ola Jordan penned: ‘Sending you and your Mummy lots of love ❤️’. 

In a 2013 interview with The Mail on Sunday, Zoe told how after her parents split up, she lived with her father and step mother. 

She said her mother had been going through a difficult time then after the death of her third husband who had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease the year before.

‘I am looking after my mum a bit now; I see her pretty much every day. She is gorgeous,’ Zoe said.

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