DJ Chris Evans fought back the tears as he spoke about the break up and divorce of ‘the love of my life’ Billie Piper.

Discussing the latest volume of autobiography Memoirs of a Fruitcake, Chris held a sell-out crowd enthralled at the Hay Festival, in mid Wales, as he gave an intimate glimpse of his often tempestuous life.

The virtuoso performance took the form of a verbal roller-coaster ride which touched on the highs and lows of a tumultuous career.

Chris, the BBC Radio 2, Weekday Breakfast Show host, outlined his whirlwind romancing of Billie, then a singing star.

He explained how he had wooed her with a Ferrari full of roses after buying the luxury car just one hour before in 2000. A stunned salesman in the central London showroom told Chris such things were not done, then went on to do it at the DJ’s insistence. “One hour later it was outside her flat full of roses, as many as I could buy, with a note saying ‘Will You Marry Me?'”

He went on to describe the tempestuous period that both he and Billie had lived up until that moment, intimating they were well suited to each other. “We both needed fixing and thought we could each fix each other,” he said.

Brought back to the subject of Bilie, however, Chris fought back the tears as he described their divorce: “We were totally in love and we were together for all the right reasons.”

He added: “But to go back to the metaphor of fixing each other. We were fixed, where do you go from there? It was not inevitable, but it was obvious when it happened and the greatest disservice we could have done for each other was carry on.”