Gemma Collins reportedly didn’t ice skate during the Dancing On Ice final as she was scared of falling.
The Only Way Is Essex star fell face first onto the ice during a live performance earlier in the series, injuring her knees, so when she returned for the show’s final over the weekend, she didn’t want to suffer the same fate.
Gemma refused to skate, instead coming onto the ice to do a movement sequence with her skating partner Matt Evers.
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Gemma reportedly rehearsed for just 20 minutes before her performance during the grand final, when all the celebrities who took part in the show returned to the ice.
A source told The Sun Online that Gemma was “petrified of the ice” and that her legs “went to jelly” before her part of the show.
However, the reality star nearly didn’t even return to the programme’s final at all after a row with judge Jason Gardiner.
I am not going to back down to anybody. I am going to walk back in on that show on Sunday night and I’m going to skate like it’s the last day of my life
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She fumed on Instagram at the time: “I’m really tired of being BULLIED by this man …. I wish you would stop …..
“It’s very very upsetting and hurtful let it go Jason stop bullying me ENOUGH is ENOUGH I won’t be bullied any more making me feel uncomfortable to come back to the final on Sunday !
“I was looking forward to Sunday but won’t be anywhere near someone who’s BULLYING me …. this is NOT ACCEPTABLE on any level comparing any human to an electrical appliance is not acceptable #STANDUPTOBULLIES (sic)”
However, she later confirmed she would be performing at the live final with skating partner Matt and promised she would “skate like it’s the last day of her life”.
She admitted on The Jonathan Ross Show: “I did pull out and then I thought, to everyone that has supported me, for my own self-esteem, I am not going to back down to anybody.
“I am going to walk back in on that show on Sunday night and I’m going to skate like it’s the last day of my life.”
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