DANCING On Ice star Hamish Gaman has broken his silence after being forced to pull out of the show due to a hand injury.
The 37-year-old admitted he was "heartbroken" at having to leave the competition and praised his skating partner, Faye Brookes.
Hamish shared a series of clips of him and Faye practicing their routine, which they will now not be able to perform.
He wrote: "Hi everyone I’m heartbroken that I’ll no longer be skating with @faye_brookes on @dancingonice.
"I’m so grateful that I don’t need any surgery on my finger, but if I stay in the show I could have an accident and make my injury much worse (it is series 13).
"Coaching Faye for 4+ months has been a privilege and I’m so proud of the incredible skater that she’s become."
Hamish went on: "I remember her being scared of skating backwards and wondering if she’d ever be able to do a 3-turn or backward crossover. Faye, you’ve come so far and achieved so much.
"The first two videos are the lifts that Faye and I were going to do in our next routine. Our song choice was ‘Into the Unknown’ from Frozen 2 Faye and I were so excited to skate to this song together.
"I can’t wait for the pubs to finally reopen so that Faye, @iamjustjoe, @ameliaskating, and I can all go for a pint. Faye, your friendship and support means the world to me. Thank you for everything #dancingonice."
Faye will now be partnered with Matt Evers, who was also forced to pull out of the show due to his partner, Denise Van Outen's injury.
They will debut as a couple when the series returns next week after taking a brief hiatus to allow the stars to recover from injuries.
Hamish is thought to have torn a tendon in his hand while putting on socks.
Sources exclusively told The Sun that he quit after a tense meeting with producers over his and Faye’s next performance.
Faye, 33, feared the routine – based on a scene from 1990 film Pretty Woman – was too basic.
Hours later, ITV announced Hamish was out.
Faye has been unhappy with her treatment at the hands of the judging panel, feeling they had been harsh and was worried she might be in the bottom two again
A production source said: “Faye wants to win at all costs and has been concerned that the judges have been quite critical of her and Hamish."
The insider went on: “So, at the start of the week, as rehearsals for what would have been this Sunday’s show began, they both went in to see show bosses to express their concern over the routine.
“Faye, in particular, felt it would be too simplistic, they’d get low marks and she would be at risk of elimination. It can’t have helped that the routine was taking into account Hamish’s injury.
"But, after the meeting, the cogs clearly whirred into action because less than a day later Hamish was gone.”
Hamish told fans medics had cleared him to skate. But an ITV source explained: “Hamish was told he could do irreparable damage to himself if he carried on and then fell.
“His instincts would be to try and catch Faye if she fell but in doing so could limit his skating career in the future.”
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