Michael Ball, 60, has been left “absolutely devastated” after he was forced to cancel an upcoming show with Alfie Boe, 48. A statement on his Instagram revealed he had been struck down with Covid.
A statement read: “Sadly, due to Michael contracting Covid-19, we regret to inform you that the Michael Ball & Alfie Boe show at Chewton Glen will not be taking place tomorrow evening (Tuesday 12th July).
“We are working hard to reschedule the show and hope to announce a new date very soon.
“We will keep you informed of any further developments as soon as possible.
“Michael sends his apologies and is absolutely devastated that he’s unable to perform with Alfie tomorrow evening, but he hopes to see you all soon.”
In an interview last year, Michael explained why his beloved wife prefers to keep out of the spotlight.
“She’s a bit older than me,” he said.
“She was once one of the most famous women in the country, lauded by everyone. And she doesn’t give a monkey’s about it.
“She’d never give an interview about it, she’s not interested in looking back,” he added to The Big Issue.
When the couple first met, Michael was performing in the musical Aspects of Love while Cathy had finished her time on Ready Steady Go!, which had made her a household name.
She’d gone on to work on the BBC show Newsroom South East as an entertainment journalist.
As part of the role, she interviewed Michael for his musical and the pair struck up a relationship in the 1990s.
Cathy also had a brief appearance co-hosting a show with Alexei Sayle and Jonathan Ross in 1991.