Moment Billie Faiers fell backwards and hit her head is revealed on Dancing On Ice… after ‘gutted’ star had to quit the show with a concussion
She admitted she was ‘so, so gutted’ to leave Dancing On Ice after suffering a fall in rehearsals ahead of the show on Sunday night.
And Billie Faiers’s painful accident was shown during the episode, with a behind-the-scenes clip revealing the moment she banged her head.
In the video, the Mummy Diaries star, 31, is seen having one last run through with pro partner Mark Hanretty when she loses her balance after a lift and hits the ice.
Ouch! The moment Billie Faiers banged her head in rehearsals was revealed with a behind-the-scenes clip being aired during Sunday’s Dancing On Ice show
At first, Billie and Mark appear to be doing well with them gliding around the rink to their music and completing several synchronised moves.
However after doing a lift, which involved kicking her legs out to both sides, Billie is seen falling backwards and hitting her head on the ice.
Mark explained a little about what happened while chatting to host Phillip Schofield on Sunday night’s show.
The pro said: ‘We’d been working really hard, Billie obviously had a lot to catch up on when she missed a week.
Fall: The Mummy Diaries star, 31, was seen falling backwards and hitting her head after being lifted during the routine
‘We’d had a good week of training, really positive and happy week. Then on Friday night we said let’s do one more run-through and of course that’s when she went.’
Phil then explained that the footage ‘stops very quickly as obviously our team rush out to make sure she’s okay’ as the clip started playing.
Mark continued: ‘When she goes over she bangs her head, and that’s the start of the concussion, which we know she’s suffering from.’
Discussing how Billie’s holding up, Mark told Phil: ‘She’s as well as can be expected, my sadness is she was such a lovely lady, such a lovely human, and she’s had some really rough luck at the moment, so I send so much love to her.’
Billie become the third contestant to pull out of the competition after Rufus Hound and Denise Van Outen’s departures, with Phillip recently revealing that bosses have ran out of reserves.
Unfortunate: Billie’s pro partner Mark Hanretty explained the accident happened on their final run through before the weekend
It was going so well! Everything had appeared to be perfect before Billie lost her balance and hit the ice
Taking to Instagram ahead of Sunday’s show, Billie shared her disappointment at having to quit in a sweet post which praised her skating partner.
The mother-of-two wrote: ‘Our first and last dance. I am so so sad that our @dancingonice journey has come to an end after an accident in rehearsals on Friday causing me a head injury, forcing us out of the competition.’
The businesswoman went on to praise dancer Mark, 35, for supporting her during her stint as she added: ‘@markhanretty A true friend for life, you have been the most incredible partner throughout all of this, I mean you taught me to skate for one.
‘Thank you for being so kind, supportive, patient, understanding, and thank you for being such a happy, positive person when I needed it the most.’
‘I’m going to miss it’: Billie also took to Instagram on Sunday to upload a photo of herself with Mark from their ‘first and last’ dance
‘We worked so hard’: The former TOWIE star also explained how she used skating as a ‘distraction’ following her beloved grandmother’s death
She also explained how she used skating as a ‘distraction’ following her beloved grandmother’s death.
Billie shared: ‘It’s been a tough couple of weeks personally for me and coming back to skating this week has really been a great distraction. I am so so gutted we can’t perform tonight, we worked so so hard on this week’s routine.
‘However, although it has sadly been cut short , being part of @dancingonice has been the best experience, I have met some wonderful people and I actually feel quite proud of myself that I pushed myself so far out of my comfort zone and faced some of my biggest fears.
‘I’m going to miss being part of this incredible show so much. I wish all of the rest of cast so much luck and I will be cheering you all on every Sunday, you are all amazing !!!
‘I’m so, so gutted’: Billie Faiers has broken her silence after she withdrew from Dancing On Ice 2021 after suffering a fall during training (pictured with Mark Hanretty last month)
‘Thank you to everyone for your kind messages and support throughout all of this. It means so much to me and I am so grateful.’ (sic)
An ITV spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline the former glamour model quit the show after suffering a concussion and will not be replaced for the remainder of the series.
According to The Mirror, the Essex native went to hospital for an MRI scan after being left unconscious following the accident.
A representative said: ‘During rehearsals for this week’s show, Billie Shepherd has had a fall.
‘Taking the expert advice of the Dancing On Ice medical team, she sadly cannot perform this weekend and will therefore now withdraw from the competition. We wish Billie well as she now takes the time to rest and recover.’
Elsewhere on Sunday’s episode, it was newcomer Matt Richardson – who made his debut after stepping into Rufus Hound’s place – who was sent home.
The comedian, 29, failed to get a single vote from the judging panel after the skate off, meaning it was Colin Jackson who was sent through to the Valentine’s show.
Trying his best to not be disappointed, Matt said he’d enjoyed the entire experience and hilariously added: ‘I can’t wait until I’ve got a mulled wine at the ice rink next Christmas, being that guy who thinks he can skate.’
Heading home: Newcomer Matt Richardson and his pro partner Vicky were voted off after making their debut on Sunday
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