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shock exit Billie Faiers 'so gutted' over leaving Dancing on Ice after fall causes head injury

The reality TV personality (31) suffered moderate concussion after hitting her head while rehearsing with professional partner Mark Hanretty.

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Billie Faiers (Ian West/PA)

Billie Faiers (Ian West/PA)

Billie Faiers (Ian West/PA)

BILLIE Faiers has said she is "so gutted" after withdrawing from Dancing On Ice following a fall on the rink.

The reality TV personality (31) suffered moderate concussion after hitting her head while rehearsing with professional partner Mark Hanretty.

The former The Only Way Is Essex star's exit was announced on Saturday after doctors said she must miss this Sunday's show.

Contestants are only permitted one week's bye and Faiers had already missed last week due to a family bereavement.

Sharing a photo of herself with Hanretty ahead of what became their first and last dance on the ITV series, Faiers wrote on Instagram: "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."

She described Hanretty as "a true friend for life" and "the most incredible partner throughout all of this".

She added: "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.

"It's been a tough couple of weeks personally for me and coming back to skating this week has really been a great distraction."

She continued: "I am so so gutted we can't perform tonight, we worked so so hard on this week's routine."

She thanked the rest of the celebrity contestants and her followers for their support.

Faiers is the third contestant to drop out of the series.

Denise Van Outen (46) had to withdraw from the show after partially dislocating her shoulder during training.

Rufus Hound (41) quit the show after testing positive for coronavirus.

Reserves Amy Tinkler, (21) and comedian Matt Richardson (29) have stepped in to replace them.

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