Actress and TV presenter Denise van Outen says she is "gutted" after being forced to quit Dancing on Ice after sustaining a shoulder fracture while practising for the ITV show.
Van Outen, who was partnered with professional skater Matt Evers, made her debut on the show after injuring her shoulder while in training but an MRI scan has now revealed that she has three bone fractures and a partial dislocation.
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She announced her departure on Instagram, saying, "GUTTED! If you've been watching @dancingonice you will be aware that just over a week ago I had a nasty fall and injured my shoulder. I managed to skate my first dance with @themattevers on the live show through a gritted smile because the pain was unbearable.
"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. @themattevers has been the most incredible support and skate partner (a true friend) and I’m so grateful for his expertise in teaching me (ice virgin) the basics.
"I just wish I was well enough to learn all the fabulous tricks my injury won’t allow me to do. Chair dancing on Ice with a massive pie won’t get us points on the leaderboard. I’m actually proud of what I’ve achieved (not much, lowest scores so far. If you don’t mind I’m going to give myself a couple of points for bravery for doing cartwheels on Ice at 46 with broken bones."
A spokesperson for Dancing on Ice said: "We adore Denise and Matt and we're so very sad to see them leave the competition so soon. They are both much loved members of the Dancing On Ice family and we’d like to thank them for their hard work, from the moment they began training through to the joyful performances they brought to the show.
"We wish Denise all the very best as she now takes some time to make a full recovery."
Myleene Klass was the first celebrity to leave the competition at the weekend when she lost the skate-off to Lady Leshurr.