Caprice quits 'Dancing on Ice' to 'look after herself'

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Caprice Bourret during the Dancing On Ice 2019 photocall at ITV Studios on December 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Dancing on Ice star Caprice Bourret has quit the show after ‘a hard few months’ which has affected her ‘mental wellbeing’.

The former model broke the news via a representative, and show broadcasters ITV have released a statement confirming the exit.

Caprice’s representative told OK! online: “It's true that Caprice is no longer participating in Dancing On Ice. It's been a hard few months and she's had to keep silent for contractual reasons."

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They added: "Her mental wellbeing has been affected over the last two months and recent stories leaked to the press are not only salacious but extremely hurtful. Now she's taking some time to recover and look after herself and her family."

The 48-year-old made headlines last month when she split from pro partner Hamish Gaman.

Hamish Gaman and Caprice Bourret during the Dancing On Ice 2019 photocall at the Dancing On Ice Studio, ITV Studios, Old Bovingdon Airfield on December 09, 2019 in Bovingdon, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Co-host Holly Willoughby told viewers at the time: "Unfortunately, Caprice and Hamish have parted ways.

"As you saw in our opening number Hamish remains very much part of our professional team and we hope to have Caprice back on the ice next week."

Caprice rejoined the following week, but was partnered by pro Oscar Peter.

The reason behind the split from Gaman has not been confirmed, but the skater thanked fans for their support on social media.

He wrote: "Hi everyone. Thank you so much for your kind messages. I've been overwhelmed by your love and support - it's brought me to tears.

"Honestly, I'm not okay, but I'd like to thank Amelia [his girlfriend], my pro family and ITV for doing all that they can to support me."

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He added: "I'm comforted knowing the truth always comes out in the end, and I hope we can focus on the skating again now."

Regarding Caprice’s departure, a statement from ITV said: “Caprice will not be taking any further part in the series.”

Dancing On Ice airs on ITV Sundays at 6pm