Zoe Ball praises Coronation Street for Aidan suicide storyline

The presenter’s partner, Billy Yates, was found dead at his home last year

Radio and television presenter Zoe Ball has praised ITV soap Coronation Street for the way it approached the issue of male suicide in character Aidan Connor’s exit storyline.

In an hour-long episode screened on May 9, Aidan, played by former X Factor winner Shayne Ward, was found at his flat by his father Johnny (Richard Hawley) after taking his own life.

The special edition of the programme showed the impact Aidan’s death had on the show’s characters, including his sister Carla (Alison King) and Corrie stalwart Gail (Helen Worth).

Zoe Ball said last month she is
Zoe Ball said in March she is ‘getting stronger’ after her partner Billy Yates’s suicide last year (Ian West/PA)

Zoe’s partner, cameraman Billy Yates, was found dead at his home in south London last year.

In March, the BBC Radio 2 presenter spoke about the grief and personal struggles she has gone through since his suicide last May.

Zoe wrote in a tweet on Monday: “Finally braved the Aidan storyline on @itvcorrie. Lots of tears.

“Gail’s speech, Johnny’s grief, Carla’s slow melt. Brilliant writing, acting and directing. (broken heart emoji) #MentalHealthAwarnessWeek”