Fatboy Slim In Rehab
Norman Cook aka Fat Boy Slim has been partying a little too hard in recent years and has checked into rehab to address alcohol issues.
Seems that being one of the most popular and successful producer/DJs in the world is enough to make you drink. And then keep drinking. And then have a nightcap. And then one for the road. And then another one to prove you never get drunk on a weeknight oh dear, the room is spinning.
Cook, 45 - who has a nine-year-old son - has admitted before he relies on a tipple before he goes on stage.
He said: "Fatboy Slim is my alter ego he's confident, a bit of a show off.
"It takes me until midnight to psyche myself into him. Externally, the difference between me and him is a bad Hawaiian shirt and half a bottle of vodka.
"Sometimes it feels a little undignified, but I never seem to get tired of getting dunk. I've tried going on stage sober and it wasn't much fun."
Cook has been an industry mainstay since the late 1980s. While he made his debut as a member of the Housemartins, it was Beats International that really established his name. 'Dub Be Good to Me' was one of the biggest singles of 1989 and remains a club favourite. Cook formed a number of side projects in the early 1990s and enjoyed more chart hits with Freakpower ('Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out') and Pizza Man ('Sex on the Street').
Still, he's best known for his Fatboy Slim alter-ego, scoring international hits with 'Rockafella Skank' and 'Praise You'.
More recently, Cook has been involved in organising the huge Big Beach Boutique parties in Brighton. These have attracted up to 250,000 people to the coastal town. Oh, and he was also out here in Australia as part of he Good Vibrations Festival earlier this year.
His manager has confirmed that Cook has "gone in voluntarily to sort out his drinking problem". We wish him well.