Dancing On Ice’s Billie Faiers has spoken out about how ‘gutted she is’ after being forced to drop out of the competition over a head injury.
The Towie and Mummy Diaries star was due to return to the ice tonight, but during rehearsals suffered an accident and ended up with a concussion.
As a result, doctors have ruled she should not participate in the competition this week, but after missing last week following the death of her grandmother, it means that she’s no longer eligible to continue.
Speaking out on Instagram, heartbroken Billie shared a photo of her and skate partner Mark Henretty just before their first routine to Spice Up Your Life, and wrote: ‘Our first and last dance.
‘I am so so sad that our [Dancing On Ice] journey has come to an end after an accident in rehearsals on Friday causing me a head injury, forcing us out of the competition.’
‘[Mark Henretty] a true friend for life, you have been the most incredible partner throughout all of this, I mean you taught me to skate for one,’ she joked.
‘Thank you for being so kind, supportive, patient, understanding, and thank you for being such a happy, positive person when I needed it the most.’
‘It’s been a tough couple of weeks personally for me and coming back to skating this week has really been a great distraction,’ Billie continued.
‘I am so so gutted we can’t perform tonight, we worked so so hard on this week’s routine. However, although it has sadly been cut short, being part of [Dancing On Ice] has been the best experience, I have met some wonderful people and I actually feel quite proud of myself that I pushed myself so far out of my comfort zone and faced some of my biggest fears.
‘I’m going to miss being part of this incredible show so much. I wish all of the rest of cast so much luck and I will be cheering you all on every Sunday, you are all amazing!!
‘Thank you to everyone for your kind messages and support throughout all of this. It means so much to me and I am so grateful.’
Billie’s exit is the third premature exit this series, with Denise Van Outen having to quit the show after dislocating her shoulder in week one.
Earlier this week, Rufus Hound was forced to pull out too after testing positive for coronavirus, being replaced by Matt Richardson, who’s already gone to hospital with concussion and a black eye after his own slip in rehearsals.
This is the first year ever that Dancing On Ice has had to use both reserve celebrities, who privately train away from the main line-up in case they need to step in.
As a result, there will be no replacement for Billie.
Dancing On Ice continues tonight at 6pm on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.