Billie Faiers has been forced to exit Dancing On Ice after injuring herself during training.
The Mummy Diaries star, 31, has become the third contestant to pull out of the series after she suffered concussion from falling on the ice rink.
This will be a huge blow to the hit ITV show as it comes only days after comedian Rufus Hound also had to withdraw after having tested positive for coronavirus twice.
Additionally last month Denis Van Outen had to give up her place in the competition after fracturing her shoulder in three places.
Speaking about Billie’s exit an ITV spokesperson explained: “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.”
A source close to Billie, who was paired with pro skater Mark Hanretty on the show, revealed to The Sun: “Billie is absolutely gutted.
LShe’s been really upset all day and would have done anything to stay in the competition. “But it’s doctor’s orders and she has to put her safety first.”
At the end of last month Billie’s grandmother Wendy passed away, and so she had to miss the next last weekend’s show.
Sadly due to a family bereavement this week Billie Shepherd is taking a break from the ice and won’t be on Sunday’s show.
“We look forward to her returning next week and send her all of our love at this sad time.”
Billie and sister Sam’s grandmother was 77 and had been diagnosed with pneumonia before her death, which has come as a complete “shock” to the sisters.
A source close to Sam, 30, and Billie, whose husband Greg Shepherd gushed he’s “so proud” of her recently, told MailOnline : “The girls are completely devastated.
“They were very close with their Nan and her passing has come as a complete shock to the family.”
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