Denise van Outen has revealed she was in such agony she vomited and nearly fainted after breaking her shoulder in three places on Dancing On Ice.
The presenter made her debut on the ITV programme after injuring her shoulder while in training but an MRI scan later showed she had three bone fractures and a partial dislocation, and she has now exited the competition.
The star, 46 - who was partnered with skater Matt Evers - said she didn’t realise how bad the injury was until after she had performed.
She told The Sun she was “literally clinging on to Matt for dear life” just to get through it but being a “tough old Essex bird” she felt that the show must go on.
“I came off after that show and vomited, and I nearly passed out because I was in so much pain,” she said.
The TV star announced at the weekend that she was leaving the ice-skating competition, admitting she was “gutted”.
Sharing a picture on Instagram of her and Evers, with her arm in a glamorous sling, she said: “I’ve tried as hard as I can to carry on because I love the show and the amazing team in front and behind the cameras.
“Initially we thought with rest I could make a return to the ice, but a recent MRI scan has shown that I have 3 bone fractures as well as a partial dislocation. OUCH! No wonder I’ve been in agony.
“I won’t be able to do any lifts, tricks or solo skating on the show due to my injury. I’m going to bail out gracefully with my DOI bling sling.”
Van Outen said she was “proud” of what she had achieved, joking “not much, lowest scores so far”.
She added that she would be rooting for her fellow contestants.
“Bunch of legends,” she said.
The new series of Dancing On Ice started this month, with Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, John Barrowman and Ashley Banjo on the judging panel and Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield returning as hosts.
It airs on ITV on Sunday evenings.
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