Fashion designer Olivier Rousteing reveals injuries following fireplace explosion

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Olivier Rousteing reveals his injuries after a fireplace exploded (Olivier Rousteing )
Olivier Rousteing reveals his injuries after a fireplace exploded (Olivier Rousteing )

Fashion designer Olivier Rousteing has revealed he was badly burnt in an accident at home.

Rousteing, the creative director of fashion house Balmain which is popular with celebrities including Kim Kardashian West and Beyonce, posted an image to Instagram showing himself covered in bandages.

“A year ago. I finally feel ready to share this. I’ve been hiding this for too long and it’s time for you to know,” he said.

“Exactly a year ago, the fireplace inside my house exploded

“I woke up the next morning in Paris’ Hôpital Saint Louis. The talented staff at that famous hospital, which was dealing with an incredible number of COVID cases at that same time,took amazing care of me. I cannot thank them enough.”

The French designer said he hid his injuries from public until now due to his own insecurities.

“I did everything to hide this story from as many people as possible and trying to keep the secret with my teams and friends for too long,” he said.

“To be honest I am not really sure why I was so ashamed, maybe this obsession with perfection that fashion is known for and my own insecurities…

“As I recovered, I just worked days and night to forget and creating all my collections , trying to keep the world dreaming with my collections and at the same time hiding the scars with face masks, turtlenecks, long sleeves and even multiple rings on all my fingers through many interviews or fotoshoots.

“Now, a year later—healed, happy and healthy.

“I realize how truly blessed I am and I thank GOD everyday of my life.”

The designer Donatella Versace was among those to praise Rousteing for his post, saying she was “so glad” he was safe.

Kardashian West wrote “I love you”, while her mother Kris Jenner said his post was a “message of hope and strength and focus and love will always inspire everyone who you come in contact with”.

Rousteing took up his post as Balmain’s creative director in 2011 at the age of just 25.

He featured in a 2019 Netflix documentary, Wonder Boy, about his career and his search for his biological mother.

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