Caprice Blasts Media 'Bullying' Since Dancing On Ice Exit

Caprice has hit back at the latest rumours surrounding her Dancing On Ice exit.

Since stepping down from the ITV skating show – two weeks after it was announced that she and her professional partner Hamish Gaman had “parted ways” – Caprice has been keeping a fairly low profile, which includes having deleted her Twitter page.

However, she broke her silence via a representative, to share her side of the story over reports in The Sun that she “humiliated” Hamish, telling him he was “too feminine” as they trained together.

The model’s spokesperson has now told Metro that Caprice “always complimented” Hamish’s skating abilities, and suggested she is being “bullied” by the media.

Caprice at this year's NTAs shortly before her Dancing On Ice exit (Photo: Gareth Cattermole via Getty Images)

“Caprice has been doing her best to recover, look after her mental health and move forward, but ‘unknown’ sources keep leaking fabricated, defamatory stories about her to the press,” they said.

“Caprice always [complimented] Hamish on his beautiful and elegant skating skills, and her admiration for him can clearly been seen throughout Dancing On Ice footage.

“Caprice and her family are deeply distressed by the relentless barrage of false and damaging stories about her. She has been honest about her deteriorating mental health as a result of these constant and malicious public assaults from ‘unknown’ sources, and for them to continue even after her withdrawal from the show is grossly unfair.”

They continued: “This is bullying behaviour. When someone is down and out and suffering tremendously – they seek to bring them down and twist the knife in even more.

“Caprice received very little support from ITV and had to seek external help of her own accord. She has been seeing a counselling psychologist as well as two doctors on an ongoing basis. She has been deeply distressed by the occurrences that have happened over the last few months, and this has directly [affected] not only herself but her family.” 

Caprice and Hamish Gaman on the ice (Photo: Matt Frost/ITV/Shutterstock)

With regards to the claims she received “very little support”, ITV declined to comment when contacted by HuffPost UK, although they did reiterate a previous statement regarding bullying behind the scenes.

They said: “We take allegations of bullying very seriously but found no evidence on Dancing On Ice and we strongly refute any suggestion to the contrary.  

“We’re very proud of the team, both on and off screen. They produce a fantastic show and we are committed to ensuring that everyone who works on the programme is fully supported before, during and after the series is on air.”

Caprice skated with Oscar Peter for her final week in the competition (Photo: Matt Frost/ITV/Shutterstock)

After originally “parting ways” with Hamish, Caprice took a week off the show, only to return with new skating partner Oscar Peter.

The pair wound up in the bottom two after their first skate of the series, after which it was revealed Caprice had chosen to take herself out of the competition.

Dancing On Ice airs on Sunday nights on ITV.

Love HuffPost? Become a founding member of HuffPost Plus today.


'Hurt' Jason Gardiner Claims Holly Willoughby And Phillip Schofield Didn't Get In Touch After He Quit Dancing On Ice

Ian 'H' Watkins Says Dancing On Ice Ofcom Complaints About Same-Sex Pairing Were 'A Dagger In The Heart'

Dancing On Ice Pro Hamish Gaman Admits He’s ‘Not OK’ After Parting Ways With Skating Partner Caprice

Katie Price - 'I'm A Celebrity' (2009)

She lasted right till the end first time around, but at her second crack of the 'I'm A Celeb' whip, the Bushtucker Trials proved too much for Katie, who had returned to the jungle to get "closure" after splitting from Peter Andre.

Germaine Greer - 'Celebrity Big Brother' (2005)

Why anyone would want to spend less time with Jackie Stallone is beyond us, but when Sly's mum arrived in the house it pushed Germaine to walk out, in solidarity with her housemate, Brigitte Nielsen, who had previously been married to Jackie's famous son.

Gemma Collins - 'I'm A Celebrity' (2014)

Gemma lasted just three days in the jungle, before telling her campmates she "loved herself too much" to put herself through the ordeal of being in the jungle.

Elaine Lordan - 'I'm A Celebrity' (2005)

However, if Gemma Collins thought she was the 'I'm A Celeb' campmate with the shortest ever stay in the series then she's wrong - Elaine Lordan lasted a matter of hours before fainting, and deciding not to return to the jungle.

Coolio - 'Ultimate Big Brother' (2011)

After upsetting Nadia Almada with his transphobic comments, a 'mutual agreement' (*cough*) was made between Coolio and Big Brother that he should leave the house.

Donny Tourette - 'Celebrity Big Brother' (2007)

Jade Goody and Jackiey Budden's arrival in the 'CBB' house prompted the Towers of London frontman to scale a wall and remove himself from the show after just a few short days, claiming: "I'm not waiting hand on foot, on some f***ing moron and her family."

Leo Sayer - 'Celebrity Big Brother' (2007)

Days later, clearly inspired by Donny's act of rebellion, disco star Leo Sayer kicked off big-time and kicked open a fire escape before getting into a scrap with security because he didn't have any clean pants left, and Big Brother refused to supply him with any more. It later transpired he had spare underwear in his luggage.

Vincent Pastore - 'Celebrity Apprentice' (2008)

Vincent walked away from the 'Celebrity Apprentice' in its fifth week, because he'd had enough of being near Piers Morgan. Enough said, really.

Lee Ryan - 'Hell's Kitchen' (2007)

Lee lasted just three days on 'Hell's Kitchen', but walked away after objecting to Marco Pierre White's use of the offensive term 'pikey'.

John Lydon - 'I'm A Celebrity' (2004)

After calling viewers a bunch of "f***ing c***s" live on air, the former Sex Pistols singer left 'I'm A Celeb' after 11 days in the jungle, claiming producers refused to tell him whether his wife had landed safely in Australia, and following several disagreements with Katie Price.

Lee Latchford-Evans - 'Totally Boyband' (2006)

Long before the days of 'The Big Reunion' was 'Totally Boyband', an MTV series that tried to make an ultimate boyband out of former 90s stars. He walked away from the group after falling out with the other members of the band, including Dane Bowers and S Club 7's Bradley McIntosh.

Anne Diamond - 'Celebrity Fit Club' (2006)

Anne was criticised by her fellow 'Celebrity Fit Club' teammates after it emerged she had had a gastric band fitted. She later chose to leave the series, after being branded a "cheat" by fellow weight-loss competitor Carole Malone.

John Sergeant - 'Strictly Come Dancing' (2008)

Let's face it, John Sergeant is a very impressive man, but he can not dance. We knew it, the judges knew it and even he knew it. That didn't stop the public voting for him week after week, until he eventually decided to leave of his own accord... but not before dragging Kristina Rihanoff along the floor behind him.

Chesney Hawkes - 'Dancing On Ice' (2012)

Poor old Ches never even got to the first week of 'Dancing On Ice', after an ankle injury left him unable to participate. You might say his good ankle was 'the one and only' functioning ankle he had left. Or... you might not.

Danniella Westbrook - 'I'm A Celebrity' (2003)

Claiming she was homesick and missed her kids, a tearful Danniella walked out of the 'I'm A Celeb' jungle, after hoping she would have been voted out in the first elimination.

Nigel Havers - 'I'm A Celebrity' (2010)

Who'd have thought that sitting round the jungle with Gillian McKeith and Aggro Santos wouldn't be Nigel Havers' cup of tea, eh?

Uri Geller - 'Back To Reality' (2004)

After Jade Goody and Rik Waller got into a massive row (ah, the early 2000s), Uri walked out for good, meaning he never got to see Ricardo's iconic smashing-up of the house kitchen.

Gareth Thomas - 'Dancing On Ice' (2013)

Gareth Thomas had been doing brilliantly in 2013's series of 'Dancing On Ice', until he was hit with a bout of motion sickness while performing a 'flying' routine and was advised to bow out of the contest.

Josie Gibson - 'Ultimate Big Brother' (2011)

After winning her series of 'Big Brother', Josie was invited to stay for 'Ultimate Big Brother', but grew upset by the celeb egos she was joined by. In a tearful Diary Room chat, she said "I'm not a celebrity... I'm just normal". She was obviously intimidated by being in the house with A-listers like John McCririck, Preston from The Ordinary Boys and Makosi. She later made a break for it so she could get a snog from John-James, although if we had a David Beckham lookalike waiting for us on the outside, we'd probably have done the same.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.