Balmain's creative director suffered severe burns after fireplace explosion 2 weeks ago

Balmain's creative director suffered severe burns after fireplace explosion

Mr Rousteing kept his injury a secret for a year.

Oliver Rousteing, the creative director at Balmain, has suffered severe burns to his face, following a fireplace explosion in his home.

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In a post on Instagram, Mr Rousteing explained that the accident happened a year ago, but he finally feels ready to talk about it now.

He wrote: "I've been hiding this for too long and it's time for you to know.

"Exactly a year ago, the fireplace inside my house exploded. I woke up the next morning in Paris' Hôpital Saint-Louis. The talented staff at that famous hospital, which was dealing with an incredible number of COVID cases at that same time, took amazing care of me. I cannot thank them enough."

The creative director explained that he tried to keep his injury "a secret" for as long as he could.

"As I recovered, I just worked days and nights to forget and creating all my collections, trying to keep the world dreaming with my collections and at the same time hiding the scars with face masks, turtlenecks, long sleeves and even multiple rings on all my fingers through many interviews or fotoshoots."

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He went on to say that he is in a much better place now.

"Now, a year later - healed, happy and healthy. I realize how truly blessed I am and I thank GOD everyday of my life."

He then explained that his last show for Balmain was "about the celebration of healing over pain", and he extended his gratitude to his entire team.

He added: "Today, I feel so free, so good and so lucky. I'm beginning a new chapter with a smile on my face and a heart full of gratitude.

"To all the doctors and nurses at Saint Louis, and to all those who helped me during this long recovery and kept my secret: a profound thank you. I love you."

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