Dancing On Ice star Denise Van Outen has admitted she fears her injured shoulder is getting worse.
The 42-year-old was forced to bow out of the ITV ice dancing competition after her first routine when she took a tumble on the ice during rehearsals and ended up with three fractures and a dislocation in her shoulder.
And now the West End star revealed she’s concerned that she’s ‘taken a step back’ as she discussed her recovery on Friday’s BBC Morning Live.
Concern: Dancing On Ice star Denise Van Outen has admitted she fears her injured shoulder is getting worse
Speaking to hosts Gethin Jones and Kym Marsh, Denise, who was partnered with pro skater Matt Evers, said via video link: ‘I have been trying to move my arm more because the physio advised me to.
‘I’m a bit concerned now that I am getting frozen shoulder because I’ve got very limited movement, I feel like I have taken a little bit of a step back.’
The TV star revealed that she is due to have another scan on her shoulder next week and hopes she’ll find out more about her progress.
She continued: ‘It’s a weird thing when it’s your shoulder because you can’t really put a cast on it, you can’t keep it in a sling so you’ve just got to try and keep it moving so I keep forgetting. I still have fractured bones.’
Fracture: The star, 46, was forced to bow out of the ITV show after her first routine when she took a tumble on the ice during rehearsals. Seen with skating partner Matt Evers
Earlier this month, Denise revealed she spent 15 hours with a dislocated shoulder after injuring herself because she ‘didn’t really want to bother the NHS’ – because she didn’t want to add to the strain the NHS is under amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking during an appearance on ITV’s Loose Women, she said: ‘After the rehearsal I spent 15 hours with my shoulder being dislocated, because we didn’t really want to bother the NHS knowing that they’ve been so overstretched.
‘So it wasn’t until the pain was so unbearable that they advised I went in to see them. They put my shoulder back in but it popped out again, and then I skated on it in the most excruciating pain I cannot tell you.
‘After that, I had an MRI, and it was fractured in three parts. So I’ve got three fractures and dislocation.’
Painful: Earlier this month, Denise revealed she spent 15 hours with a dislocated shoulder because she ‘didn’t really want to bother the NHS’. Pictured last month
Despite her injuries, Denise and Matt still took to the ice last month for their first – and only – routine of the series.
And the blonde beauty has confessed she pushed through her routine because she didn’t want to let anybody down, especially her 10-year-old daughter, Betsy.
When asked how she coped with skating on her injured shoulder, she said: ‘I don’t really know myself how I did it. I’m a bit of an old school theatre entertainer, I’ve been doing this since I was a little kid… not the ice skating, evidently.
‘But I just took a deep breath, I had to grit my teeth, but I think there was a number of reasons why I wanted to [carry on].
Routine: Despite her injuries, Denise and her professional partner Matt still took to the ice last month for their first – and only – routine of the series
‘First of all, Matt, my lovely skate partner, had been working so hard with me because I’d never skated before, and I’d just built my confidence up to do the skating, and I didn’t want to let him down.
‘And also, my daughter. I knew she’d be watching, and I thought she’d be so upset if she doesn’t see Mummy go out and do her first skate. I just wanted to get on with it. I’m very much a “the show must go on” sort of person.’
So many celebrities have been forced to drop out of Dancing On Ice that for the first time in its history, the show has run out of reserves.
Earlier this week, professional skater Hamish Gaman, 37, was forced to bow out after injuring his hand ‘whilst putting on a sock’.
Another one bites the dust! Denise’s comments come as Dancing On Ice’s Hamish Gaman quit the ‘cursed’ show on Wednesday. Pictured with partner Faye Brookes
Covid-19: On Friday it was revealed Joe-Warren Plant and his skating partner Vanessa Bauer had to leave the show after they both tested positive for coronavirus
Faye Brookes will remain in the competition but will now be partnered with professional skater Matt Evers, who was previously partnered with Denise.
Last Friday, it was revealed Joe-Warren Plant, 18, and his skating partner Vanessa Bauer had to leave the show after they both tested positive for coronavirus.
Rufus Hound, 41, was previously axed from the competition after he tested positive for coronavirus while Billie Shepherd, 31, both dropped out of the show after suffering a concussion after falling on her head in training.
Denise’s comments comes after an announcement by ITV that their skating show has taken a week off to allow the cast and crew to ‘recharge and rest up’ after four stars dropped out and Jason Donovan, 52, injured his back.
Injured: Reality star Billie withdrew from the show after suffering a concussion following a fall during training
Covid-out: Rufus was previously axed from the competition after he tested positive for coronavirus
In a statement from an ITV spokesperson, it was revealed that show bosses felt it ‘prudent to take a week’s break at this juncture’ to protect ‘the welfare of all of those involved’.
‘ITV have taken the decision to pause Dancing on Ice this week and there will be no live show on Sunday 21st February,’ ITV said. ‘Each week our production team and cast have delivered a fantastic show during incredibly challenging times.
‘The welfare of all of those involved is important to us and we felt it prudent to take a week’s break at this juncture.
Oh no! Dancing On Ice will not air this weekend as show bosses have decided to take a week off to allow the cast and crew ‘to rest up’
‘Continuing to make the best TV for our viewers is of paramount importance to us and we look forward to resuming the competition next week, with the show back live on Sunday 28th February.
‘In place of Dancing On Ice this weekend a special entitled Dancing On Ice: The Greatest Show On Ice will be shown on ITV at 6pm on Sunday. This one-off show will celebrate the most memorable moments in the show’s history.
‘Dancing On Ice will be back, live on Sunday 28th February.’
He’ll be back: Jason Donovan, 52, withdrew from Sunday’s instalment of the competition and was advised to rest after suffering from back pain, but will return next week