Sam Faiers has revealed her Christmas was ruined by a nasty bout of flu.
The 31-year-old reality TV star has told fans she was struck down with the illness shortly before the festivities and it wiped her out for more than a week - and she was devastated not to have been able to enjoy the holiday season.
In a post on Instagram, she wrote: "Hey, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I’ve been quiet on here as I was struck down with the worst possible flu you can imagine.
“After 8 days today I’m starting to feel a bit better. So upset it happened over my favourite week of the entire year."
Sam posted the message to fans to assure them she's now recovering and feeling a bit better. She added: "Anyway I’m just so happy I’m on the mend."
The former 'Towie' star came down with the bug shortly after returning to the UK from a ski trip in Val-d'Isère in the French Alps with her partner Paul Knightley and their kids Paul Jnr, seven, Rosie, five, and baby Edward.
During the holiday, Sam shared a video of the kids hitting the slopes and expressed her pride in how they had taken to skiing.
She told fans: "Paul Rosie’s first ever time on the real slopes ... so proud of these two! Thank you Paolo for being a great coach.
"As you can see the skiing conditions were tricky today and visibility was tough. Such an amazing experience watching my babies ski down a (nursery) mountain."