Dancing on Ice professional skater Hamish Gaman has pulled out of Sunday night's show, saying that "the past three-and-a-half months have been the worst of my life".

Gaman was paired with Caprice Bourret on the ITV show, but their skating partnership ended before her subsequent departure from the series. 

After the ending of her skating partnership with Gaman, Bourret had returned to the ice with a new partner, only to quit the show earlier this month.

Gaman wrote on Twitter: "I'm sad to say that I've pulled out of appearing on Dancing on Ice tonight.

"The past three-and-a-half months have been the worst of my life, and I'm struggling. It might look like things have been calming down, but they aren't. Numerous defamatory articles have been stopped from running in the press over the past few weeks. These untrue stories are continually being fed to the press by a 'source'.

"I've been told by various people where these articles and source quotes are coming from, and it's clear that they're trying to destroy my reputation. It's become relentless and I feel extremely vulnerable. I'm asking them to stop."

He added: "I desperately want to move on from all of this and focus on the skating. I've done absolutely nothing wrong, and was told by the team who reviewed all the rehearsal footage that I was an 'exemplary pro'.

"I can only hope that this will all be over soon. I'm so sorry to not be on the ice tonight, but I couldn't face it. Thank you for your support and kind messages."

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